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Pucker Up: Tasting Acidity in Wine

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Ever wonder how to become a wine expert? There is a lot more to being an expert than knowing the vintage or the vineyard to some bottle hails from.

Tastes mean a lot when it comes to wine and it can actually tell you a lot about the quality. There is much confusion when grading the tartness, but it is time to clear that up. These beverages tend to have a lower pH, which is expected. Some of the acids present in wine are citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, ascorbic acid and tartaric acid etc. 

how do you taste acidity in wine

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5 Essential characteristics to Designing a Taste Profile

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Being a connoisseur of sorts takes a lot of work and several glasses before being able to claim the boastful title. This also goes without saying; there are also some very informational tours and classes that help build one’s expertise in the area. To get you started, there are 5 basic considerations of characteristics to take account of when taking a testing sip to find the perfect bottle to take home. There are 5 main areas of concern when airing a sip for future investments:

  1. Sweetness
  2. Acidity
  3. Tannins
  4. Fruit
  5. Body

For our purpose, we are looking at the second characteristic. What does it mean to have a high or low pH, is it stronger when it is tangier, do vines matter? These are all important questions, and we will look into each of them.

High or Low pH: Do you prefer tangy or sweet?

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It is not so much important how does your bottle cost? It's based on whether or not you favor the flavors. The pH level determines the level of tangy or tarty taste your wine will have. Light, crisp wines will have a lower pH, typically between the 2.6 to 4.5 range. At these levels, your wines' profile will almost seem carbonated or spritzy. This is a clear indicator that you are soaking from a vintage or blend of lower pH levels, a strong acidic taste.

Strong acidic profiles do not equal stronger booze

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Probably the biggest misconception when rating or determining the tanginess, is that the tartier or stronger the acid taste, the higher concentration of alcohol. Sadly, this is not true. There are several factors that determine the balance of mouthwatering tartness or sugariness. From the region and climate, the grapes were grown in, to the fermentation and aging process.

Do you know your grape’s flavor?

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When it comes to a food that creates amazing treats, very little will compare to the grape. These amazing little vine sweets come in many sizes, shapes, aromas, colors, tastes, and so many other variations. Depending on your preference, certain grapes from different regions under alternate weather conditions, have a magnitude of surprises in store for your mouth. What vine is your favorite?

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Want to experience wines to the max?

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If you are not sure places to buy wine in Paris. Whether you want to venture on your own or take a tour, finding the perfect bottle is possible. You just need to know where to look.

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