How To Taste Wine Like a Pro

Updated: Jul 2, 2021

Image of wine being poured into glass at table set for a wine tasting.

To taste wine like a pro, do what the professionals do. Use the Five S’s tasting method. Professionals use this technique in order to identify the different characteristics of wine and to ultimately evaluate it. You can learn more about wine by following these same wine tasting steps. And with practice, you’ll be able to identify the type of wine you are drinking without even looking at the bottle.

The Five S’s Method for Tasting Wine

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  • Hold your glass over a white paper or white napkin at a 45-degree angle. This helps you to see the color or hue of the wine.

Illustration of first step of tasting wine. The Wine glass is tilted to a 45-degree angle to evaluate the color of the wine.

What to look for:

  • Color: The color ranges for white wine are lemon, gold, and amber. The color ranges for red wine are purple, ruby, garnet, and tawny.