Now comes the best part. You can be mesmerized by wine’s flashing colors and hypnotized into dreamy reverie by its evocative aromas, but actually drinking the wine is what loosens the tongue, opens the arms and consummates the liquid’s true purpose.
You might think it’s the easiest part, too. After all, you learned to drink from a cup when you were 2 years old and have been practicing diligently ever since. But there’s a huge distinction between swallowing and tasting, the same gulf that yawns between simply hearing and truly listening. Once again, correct technique is essential to full appreciation.