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why do we swirl wine?

is there a point to it

2 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    Swirling wine in your glass introduces oxygen to the wine, which helps to lift the aromas and can help open up a wine (ie, get it to show all of its complexity). What most people think of as taste is actually smell. You can taste only five things: sweet, sour, bitter, savory, and salt. However, you can smell thousands of individual scents. By swirling the wine, you make those individual scents more available and increase your ability to "taste" the wine.

  • 8 years ago

    It increases the evaporation of volatile substances that carry the "bouquet" of the wine.

    Smell constitutes about half of the appreciation one can have for wine. Experienced tasters can identify numerous fruit-like smells in wines, particularly the reds.

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