The art of tasting wine is a very subjective one. There are different varietals of wine that appeals to different tasters for many different reasons. For example, if you like sweet and white vino something that is not very expensive but meets the characteristics will appeal to you than something that is really high quality and expensive but does not have what you are looking for. But, that said, there are some general characteristics of a good vino that you should know about so that you can make your selection carefully and wisely.
High Quality of Grape and Excellent Vintage
If you look at wine making in general, the highest quality ones will come from the highest quality grapes. There are many different types of grapes that are grown all over the world and the climate that prevails in a specific area will also have a massive impact on the taste of the final product. For example high quality Yarra valley wines will taste different from any other one. This is what makes that particular wine unique and adds to its personality. This is also why some regions become infamous for the kind of wine that they produce. The climate also affects the quality of a wine that has already been made and that is why the vintage of a particular drink is considered better than that of others. If a vineyard is going through a bout of really poor climatic conditions, the sin or the rain can cause the grapes to develop poorly or even rot. If you really want to look at the vintage, have a bit of looking into which years have produced the best vintages and which years did not. You should also look at where the drink was made. For example, there are Chardonnays made all over the world but you should know which one suits you the best.
There Should Be No Faults
Even the wines that are made of high quality grapes may have some faults in them that can render the particular drink undrinkable. These faults happen in the wine making process itself and some of the very commonly seen ones include the excessive amounts of acetic acid, poor corking, excess oxidation, tainting from the barrel and too much sulphur. Barrel tainting can happen when the wine is being stored in barrels that are unclean. It will make the final product taste really musty. If the drink has been bottled and corked incorrectly as well, it will still turn musty and sour making it rather unpleasant. If it has too much acetic acid it will taste like vinegar and if there is too much oxidation there will be discolouration and a smell that resembles sherry. Sulphur is something that is typically used to disinfect wines and if too much is used it can completely ruin the aroma profile of the drink and make it smell like burnt matches. If they have been fermented or stored in the wrong manner, they may actually smell like bad eggs. This is because of the hydrogen sulphide that is produced. A good wine will not have any of these faults.