Friday & Saturday!
Every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm, The Wine Room
offers five wines for your tasting enjoyment.
These wines are hand selected by the expert staff
of the wine room. We also offer
complimentary light appetizers to enhance the tasting
There are no
reservations necessary, check our
of events or call us at (440)937 – 6544
for more information.
how to taste wine will deepen your appreciation for both
wines and winemakers. Starting with your basic
senses and expanding from there you will learn how to taste
wines like the pros in no time!
You can smell thousands of
unique scents, but taste perception is limited to salty,
sour, bitter and sweet. Therefore, it is the
combination of smell and taste that permits you to
Wine tasting basics:
Explore the appearance of the wine by tilting the glass
away from you and examining the color of the wine from
the rim edges to the middle of the glass.
(Reds can be purple, ruby, garnet, brick, maroon, brown,
etc. and Whites can be amber, golden, pale yellow,
clear, light green, etc.)
investigate the wines opacity by again tilting the glass
and observing whether the wine is translucent or opaque,
cloudy or clear, watery or dark, dull or brilliant.
Do you see sediment, floaters or bits of cork?
(Older white wines are darker than the same
younger variety while older red wines often have more
orange tinges on the edges of color than younger red
a good impression of your wine’s aroma, swirl your glass
for 10 – 15 seconds and then take a quick whiff to gain
a first impression. (swirling helps
vaporize some of the wine’s alcohol and release more of
its natural aroma)
wine’s aroma is an outstanding indicator of its quality
and unique characteristics….so stick your nose into the
glass and deeply inhale. Do you smell
citrus, vanilla, berry, flowers, oak, smoke, etc?
the wine again and let the aromas mix and mingle…then
Finally take a small sip and let it roll around your
mouth…as you begin the three stages of taste.
The first phase is the initial impression that
the wine makes on your palate…alcohol content, residual
sugar, tannin levels and acidity. Ideally
these components will be well-balanced.
They will not display a specific flavor as they meld
together to offer impressions in intensity and
complexity, light or heavy, crisp or creamy, soft or
firm, sweet or dry…but not necessarily true flavors like
fruit or spice.
next tasting phase is where you are looking to discern
the flavor profile of the wine. Red wines
may taste of fruit – berry, prune, fig, plum; perhaps
some spice – pepper, clove, cinnamon, oak, cedar, smoke.
White wines may taste like pear, citrus fruits,
apple, tropical, floral, honey, herbs, etc.
final tasting phase is how long the flavor impression
lasts after it is swallowed. Also is there
an after taste? Was the wine light-bodied
(like the weight of water), medium bodied (similar in
weight to milk) or full-bodied (like the consistency of
cream)? Do you want another sip or was the
wine too bitter at the end? What was your
last flavor impression….fruit, oak, smoke, etc.?
Does the taste last or is it short lived?
Making notes about the
wine will help you learn and be a valuable resource for
future reference. What was your
impression? Did you like the wine overall?
Was the wine well balanced? Was
there a particular food that you enjoyed with it?
Would you want to purchase this (again)?
If so, then write down the wine’s name, producer
and vintage year.