Not all wine is created equal. There are hundreds of different elements that can make a bottle of wine a great one. However there are some quick ways to determine the quality of a wine.
Below we've listed 5 simple ways to tell if the wine you're drinking is up to scratch and suitable for your event.
All sparkling wines start life as still wine and have the fizz added later. Higher quality Champagne and Prosecco tend to have smaller bubbles, as they've been under the carbonation process for longer. The smaller the beads and the longer they last is a good sign that you're drinking a great bottle of Sparkling.
Even though the corks have been the preferred choice for closing wine since the beginnings of modern Europe in the 1400′s, nowadays many of the most expensive wines are using screw caps to lower the chances of being "corked".
How does corking happen? It is usually caused by the presence of a chemical compound called TCA, which forms when natural fungi (found in corks) gets in the contact with certain chlorides found in bleaches and other winery sanitation/sterilization products.
How does it taste? Corked wines smell and taste of damp, soggy, wet or rotten cardboard. There are varying degrees of 'corked' too and some experts may be able to taste it when others can not. However, despite being horrible in taste, does not make it harmful to humans.
They say the older the wine the darker the colour. If you tilt red wine to the side and hold the glass up to a light background, the edges of the wine will be dark, brick red colour compared to the younger ones.
Older Cabernet has a brown-ish colour, Merlot becomes deeper red and Pinot light brown in colour the older it is.
Take a look at where the label says the wine is from. In most instances if the label is very specific about the region it came from, it's a good indication that it's a higher quality wine, from a proud region.
The alcohol adds to the viscosity of a wine. Swirl the wine in a glass and observe how much it clings to the sides. as a wine with higher alcohol will stick more to the sides of the glass. Practice makes perfect with this technique.