Wine Tasting 101: a guide to developing your palate

Raise your glass and embark on a journey of flavours with Plonk's curated monthly wine subscription. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned sipper, refining your palate is a delightful adventure that brings a deeper appreciation for the world of wine. Let's dive into Wine Tasting 101 and explore how our carefully selected wines can help you develop your palate.


Understanding the basics: the four S's of wine tasting

Wine tasting is more than just sipping; it's an art form that engages all your senses. Remember the Four S's: See, Swirl, Smell, and Sip.

See: Hold your glass against a white background and observe the colour and clarity of the wine. This can provide insights into the grape variety and aging process.

Swirl: Gently swirl the wine in your glass. This releases aromatic compounds and oxygenates the wine, enhancing its aromas.

Smell: Stick your nose into the glass and take in the bouquet. You might detect fruit, floral, earthy, or even spicy notes. Our expertly curated monthly wine subscription offers a diverse range of aromas to explore.

Sip: Take a small sip and let it linger on your palate. Notice the flavours and textures. Is it fruity, tannic, acidic or sweet? Our wines are chosen to showcase a variety of tastes.


Embracing diversity: our curated selections

One of the best ways to develop your palate is by tasting a variety of wines. A monthly wine subscription is a gateway to the world of wine, introducing you to unique and distinct flavours. Whether you're into reds, whites, or rosés, we carefully curate selections that expose you to different grape varieties, regions and winemaking techniques.


Guided exploration: wine tasting notes and pairing suggestions

It’s all well and good getting the tasting nailed down, but how about applying it in the real world? That’s what really matters. So we give you a little hand to start off with. With each bottle in your wine subscription, you'll receive detailed tasting notes that guide you through the wine's profile and pairing suggestion. These notes help you identify key aromas and flavours, enhancing your ability to appreciate the nuances in each sip, and give you the tools to then fly the nest!


Developing your palate over time

Just like any skill, developing your palate takes time and practice. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t get it straight away. With a monthly subscription, you have the opportunity to compare wines, recognise differences and gradually refine your preferences. Over the course of several months, you'll notice your ability to detect subtle flavours and discover your tasting experiences improving significantly.

“Why does that matter”, you might ask? Maybe it doesn’t, maybe you just want to switch off and drink your wine. We’re not saying you need to apply this approach to every bottle, sometimes you do just want to drink the darn thing! But there is something engaging and addictive about getting into the intricacies and nuances of such a varied world that is wine.


Join the Plonk community

Wine tasting is not only about the liquid in your glass; it's about the stories, experiences, and connections it brings. Join the Plonk community of wine enthusiasts to share your tasting journey, and exchange comments with our in-house sommelier.

Embarking on a journey to develop your palate is a rewarding endeavour that brings joy to every sip. Our curated monthly wine subscription is the perfect companion, offering a diverse selection of wines that cater to every palate. From the basics of wine tasting to the exploration of minute flavours, our selections and resources empower you to become a more discerning and knowledgeable wine connoisseur. Cheers to refining your palate and embracing the wonderful world of wine!


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