Wine Tasting Tips : Meniscus in Wine Tasting


One of the things that is very interesting
to look for in a glass of wine is the wine’s meniscus. You might have heard the term meniscus
before; especially if you’ve ever studied chemistry, or if you’ve ever had a problem
with your knee. Chemistry and also Anatomy use the term meniscus, and in both cases it
has to do with something circular, or something fluid. In a wine’s meniscus, we’re talking
about the oval in space that a wine creates when you turn the glass on its side. We already
talked about looking through the deepest part of the wine, which is where you look for the
eye or the robe; and the color. When you look around the outside at that curve in space
where the wine hits the glass; look at the very edge, that’s a wine’s meniscus. The meniscus
may or may not have a little gradation in color; it may or may not change color, and
it may or may not fade to watery or fade to clear. Usually on a red wine it will fade
to pink or orange, and then go a little bit watery. A white wine has a meniscus also,
but they’re a little bit harder to see. When a red wine ages, it starts to turn a little
bit orange or brown, and it will show first in the meniscus, so if a red wine has a little
bit of orange or brown around the outside, it will tell you that it’s aging a little
bit. If a red wine is pink or kind of magenta, it will probably tell you that it’s a young
wine, and if you don’t see any gradation at all, be prepared for a big, powerful sip of
wine, because that’s what that will tell you; powerful, intense to the core. So it’s always
interesting to look at a wine’s meniscus before you do any more tasting.

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