It’s pretty clear when it comes to tasting a wine, whether or not you want to drink more of it (depending on the stage of the night you’re at…).

It can also be very easy to form a quick opinion of if the wine is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

However, taking the first sip of an unfamiliar wine is just like meeting a new person.

It’s human nature to want to know how you feel right away but it is important to analyse all aspects before you keep drinking or give it the flick (however first impressions do count).

With that in mind, here are our top tasting tips so you can decide for yourself whether it’s true love or just not meant to be.

Firstly - Visuals.

Have a look at the colour and opacity. This part isn’t the most crucial, but it’s good to know what variety you’re working with and how it holds itself.

Next up - Smell.

Take a wee sniff. Can you smell any fruits such as citrus, tropical fruits or berries?

If you can, are there a mix of one or more? Can you smell more herbal or floral notes?

The smelling informs your brain of a lot in preparation for the next step.

Lastly - Taste.

This is the best part : how we use our tongues to rate the wine. Keep in mind, the aromas may change after you swallow the wine.

Because all grapes have a little bit of acid, all wines will have some sour to them. All flavour variances begin with climate and grape type. Some wines will have natural sweetness, from the sugar that was retained during the fermentation process.

During the tasting, it is also helpful to note the texture and length. How does the wine feel on your tongue? How long does the flavour of the wine last?

By now, you’ve spent enough time to really know if you enjoy the wines company. You’ve got all you need to wow your friends at the next shindig and you no longer have to feel stressed about whether you’re spending your money on ‘the one’ or not.