Why do wine testers swirl their glass?

To encourage the wine to release all of its powerful aromas.  Most glasses aren’t more than a third full in order to allow aromas to collect and not spill during a swirl.  When tasting wine, you should hold the wine in your mouth for a moment or two and either swallow it or spit it out.  A really good wine will have a long aftertaste, while an inferior wine will have a short aftertaste.

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