Drinking wine in moderation brings a lot of benefits. However, if we drink in big sips, it’s much better. That’s what it says a study by the University of Naples, since the amount of wine that drinkers take in each sip has a strong influence on taste.
To analyse this study they used Falanghina, an indigenous variety that produces white wines. And the conclusions are many, on the one hand, the smell is still very important and decisive in wine tasting, and secondly, how it can change its taste.
So a wine can be very different, both in smell and taste, and this is due to the release of volatile markers, featuring marked fruity and oxidative characters of wine. All are affected by the volume of the sip and by the interaction of wine with saliva.
Which is to say this study, related to sips of wine we take, is that both floral or fruity flavours are more easily released when we do big sips.
The study also hinted that flavours that come from red fruits such as cherries or those somewhat sweet, like honey, are easier to taste when we drink big sips. Something we can take into account when consuming wines of such characteristics.
These new data can provide changes in the way of doing tastings currently. This can make a wine tasting more efficient, best checking the wine tastes with big sips. Thus, sommeliers and winemakers may be changing and enriching their professional tastings by mixing big or small sips to see the various effects on the smell and taste produced by wines.
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2004: a red wine of the Rioja DO with a blend based on graciano and tempranillo of 2004 and with 12.5º of alcohol content.
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2004: a red wine Rioja with a blend based on viura and garnacha of 2004 and with an alcoholic strength of 13.5º.