The delightful flavors and tongue tickling sensations revealed in Champagne are an instant joy for the wine lover. And, you can make a good thing even better! Employ these simple tips from the masters, to engage all your senses in your next taste of Champagne.
Flutes are a great glass for tasting Champagne, helping to preserve bubbles, but a white wine glass will work equally well. As you fill your glass, take a moment to observe the color, and how white and red grapes contribute to the hue. Champagne is made in both white and rosé styles.
Give the Champagne a gentle swirl to help release the aromas. Put your nose to the rim of the glass and with a few sniffs take try to identify some of the specific fruit, mineral, yeasty and bready elements. Need a little inspiration? Refer to the list of common flavors here.
Take a sip! Before swallowing the wine, note the effervescence and texture on your palate. Feel the weight, or body, of the wine. Sense the taut balance of sweetness and acidity. Even after you swallow, the flavors of Champagne will linger on the tongue and beckon for another sip. Now you’re tasting like a master!