Discover Newport welcomes guest blogger Maggie Harnett, the Tasting Room & Events Manager at Greenvale Vineyards A sip of wine can reveal quite a bit about the area in which it was grown and aged. Wine making, and tasting, is a celebrated tradition in Newport County and beyond.Whether you're sampling wines at home or at a wine tasting at a winery, here are our top five tips to ensure you experience the true flavor of each wine. 5. Wine tasting at home? Rinse and dry your glass thoroughly before you begin. Inspect the tasting glass for water spots or residue. Give it a quick smell to make sure it has not absorbed any odor. Even small variables like these could change your impression of a wine. If youre at a vineyard, the staff will make sure your glass is ready for tasting. 4. Consider your surroundings. Steer clear of strong odors from flowers, perfumes and candles - they can alter your perception of a wine. If youre cooking at home, make sure youre sampling your wine in a different area of the house. Something like garlic can quickly overpower your senses. If possible, hold off on your meal prep until the wine sampling is through. 3. Wine is meant to be served at a certain temperature. The specifications vary greatly per variety. The correct temperature will amplify the wines best qualities, and give you the best feel for its true flavor. A vineyard will make sure youre sampling at the right temperature. If you're wine tasting at home, consult our temperature guidelines for the best experience. 2. Weve discussed aroma and temperature, but what about the color? From yellow-gold to ruby garnet, wines come in beautiful colors that can tell you a lot about them. Consider the clarity and brightness. If you're wine tasting at home, set up on a white tablecloth. Choose an area with good lighting. The blank backdrop and bright space will allow you to assess the wines color. 1. Theres no need to rinse your wine glass with water in between each tasting. You risk diluting the next wine you taste, and who wants to do that? Also, the local municipalities add chemicals like fluoride and chlorine which of course will have an adverse effect on all wines. Instead, in most cases simply pour out any leftover wine, and pour the next one right in. With these tips in mind, theres nothing left to do but taste the wine! Thats our favorite part, after all. Cheers. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="1058,1059,1060,1061,1062,1063,1064,1065"]