Whether you’re partying on the weekend or having a romantic dinner with your loved one, wine is an essential part of the evening. However, it may become awkward if you’re not a fan of wine and haven’t developed a taste for it.

Guess what, there are a few ways to naturally develop palate for wine and not be socially awkward. Read the following and be a casual wine drinker among friends and family:

1. Sight

In order to understand wine, it is important to visualize the drink, understand its existence and sip in the beverage like a unique sensation. There are several things that need to be considered before sipping this beverage. These things include the color, the viscosity and the opacity of the wine.

Don’t worry, visualizing and understanding the drink takes less than 10 seconds altogether. All these considerations can be encountered within this time frame if you understand them well. The beverage is on a neutral scale for all these measures.

2. Smell

Smelling wine is the first way of enriching your palate with wine flavors. The combination of herbs and fruits produce an aroma which is unique and pleasurable for the senses. Not only will your palate be enriched but the taste buds will enjoy feeling a sensation so enticing.

Whenever you pick up a wine glass, smell the drink and let it settle in your olfactory senses. Enjoy a rush of flavors without even tasting the beverage! In order to ensure that the wine is fit to taste, you will feel a rush of flavors by simply inhaling the aroma. Otherwise, the wine may have gone flat.

To put it simply, the primary aromas in wine include grapes, apples and other fruits. The secondary aromas include yeast derivatives such as peanuts and almonds. The tertiary aromas are only identifiable if the wine has aged a little. These aromas are similar to those of autumn leaves, tobacco and even baked spices.

3. Taste

Finally, you get to taste the wine. In order to develop your palate for the drink, you need to understand what the taste will be like. First of all, wine is made from grapes and hence has a sour taste. The intensity of sourness is however dependent on the kind of grape used for making the wine.

Another thing to understand is the texture of the wine. The texture of wine again depends on the ingredients included in the making. However, one thing essential for all wines is the richness it has opposed to a simple water drink. The wine is more rich and has a thicker texture as opposed to juices.

4. Length

To continue developing a familiarity with wine, you will notice a much longer sensation of the drink on your taste buds even after you’ve finished your drink. The length of the wine depends on its age but it’s okay to say that commonly, the taste stays in your mouth for at least 1 hour if you do not consume anything else.

Once you’ve enjoyed keeping the sourness of grapes in your mouth, your palate will automatically be developed for wine.

5. Think

In order to fully enjoy wine and develop your palate for the drink, it is important to think about it after you’re done. Once you’ve had the drink and enjoyed its texture, you need to think about the sensation it encouraged in your mouth. Apart from ensuring a pleasurable experience, you need to think about the aftertaste of sour grapes.