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Etiquette Tips for Wine

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Wine Etiquette Tips

This week I’d like to welcome guest blogger Tynan Szvetecz, executive sommelier trained by the International Wine Guild to discuss some basic wine etiquette for serving and drinking wine.

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In terms of wine etiquette, there are several concepts that come up, and I’d like to highlight of few of those in this post.

When serving wine, make sure that the label points toward the person you’re pouring wine for. While many wine drinkers won’t even notice the label, it’s considered inconsiderate to have the label pointing toward you when you pour.

As a sommelier, people are always asking me how full to fill the wine glass. If you’re at a restaurant, you’re probably pretty happy when the server fills your glass to the top. This means you’re getting a good deal on wine. However, if you’re serving at a party or private function, it’s customary to fill the glass just a little bit more than half full.

When you’re the one consuming, rather than serving, the wine, you will often be offered the cork. While pop culture would have you believe that you’re expected to sniff the cork, this is far from the truth. Sniffing the cork is actually a rather silly practice.

Instead, wait to smell the wine until the server has poured a small amount into your glass. The odor of the wine after it’s poured is a much greater indicator of whether or not the wine is “corked” than smelling the cork itself is.

Finally, keep in mind that the wine you drink may affect the flavor of your food. For example, if you order a heavy Cabarnet, then you can expect it to completely drown out the flavors of a delicate dish like halibut.

Knowing this ahead of time can prevent a bland meal, and may help avoid an uncomfortable situation at a restaurant. I’ve known people who have ordered a strong wine with a delicate dish and then complained to the restaurant that the meal was flavorless. Instead, they should have thought more carefully about pairings.

These are the most commonly asked etiquette questions concerning wine, but please feel free to comment here on the blog to ask me anything else!

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