Check out this page for wine tasting tips, facts, and ideas. Here are some for the time being.
As you taste a wine, there are three tasting stages - the first when the wine hits your palate, the second when the wine has warmed a little in your mouth, and the third when you swallow the wine. The initial taste will be of sweetness levels, but this lasts a short time. It is followed by acidity, which lasts longer. Try to associate aroma with taste. After swallowing the wine, note the aftertaste. As a general rule, the longer the aftertaste the better the wine.
Of course, some information can be obtained before you even open the wine - from the label! You can gain some or all of the following information from the label:
The vineyard (or producer).
The name of the wine.
The region of origin.
The country of origin.
The percentage alcohol content.
The name of the wine is likely to be one of the following:
The grape name, eg Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon.
A concocted name, eg Liebfraumilch.
The name of the producer or importer, eg Calvet Reserve.
By geographical situation, eg Bordeaux, Burgundy.