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Why swish wine in your mouth before swallowing when tasting wine? While some mistakenly think that certain regions on the tongue detect specific flavors, this simply isn't true. All taste buds are capable of detecting sweet, sour, bitter and salty flavors. So, "swishing" makes the most of your taste buds and allows all of your taste buds (and your sense of smell) to participate in the detection of the finer flavors of the wine.