My goal while learning about different wines is to become proficient in all of the aspects of tasting. There are a plethora of tasting exercises that can be completed to help accomplish this goal. This week I will be focusing on learning about rim variation. (Photos from Wine Folly, the same website I found the fun wine posters.)
* Pour one ounce of the same red wine (try a purple tinted wine produced from Syrah or Malbec) from two different vintages: one from within the last four years and one at least ten years old.
* The older wine should show a range of fading colors from core to rim.
* Pour one ounce of a red wine naturally tawny hued in youth (Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, certain Grenache, certain Pinot Noirs) beside one ounce of a red wine naturally purple hued at least ten years old.
* The aged wine should show difference in color from the core to the rim whereas the naturally tawny should be the same color all the way through.