For people who are just getting interested in wine, the idea of wine culture or etiquette tips can seem like an entirely different universe. Indeed, there are a series of highly involved wine etiquette tips that may be completely unfamiliar to people who are new to wine. However, if you plan on immersing yourself in wine culture, these are absolutely tips that you should know.
First, when you drink from a wine glass, do your best to drink from the same spot every time. This helps to keep your glass cleaner and freer of smudges. This is particularly important for women, who may have a lipstick that gets all over a wine glass.
If you are visiting a wine tasting room, make sure you understand their rules – when to spit, where to spit, what food you should eat, and when you should eat it. If you have any questions, make sure to ask. Most wine tasting rooms and more than happy to assist you and make sure you have the best experience for both yourself and the other patrons around you.
Clinking wine glasses is great! Just make sure you do so softly, so as to not disturb those around you. Furthermore, clink glasses gently, where the wine is. This reduces the chances of you accidentally breaking your wine glass – a far too common occurrence.
When pouring wine, do so gently and quickly. Hold the bottle at its base, with both hands, and don’t pour more than 5-6 ounces into the glass. This should be less than halfway towards the top of the glass, and it will allow the wine to breathe. This is important – just like gently swirling your wine – as it will allow you to get the full flavor of the wine. Furthermore, whenever you pour yourself a glass, make sure to offer it to others first. This isn’t even a wine etiquette thing – it’s just a nice way to not be rude! Also, make sure that you pour the same amount into everyone’s wine glass – particularly your own.
If at a wine tasting event, go slow. No one wants to be that sloppy drink in the first third of the event because they clearly swallowed too much wine and couldn’t handle themselves. When you’re done at an event, make sure to leave a tip. Many places don’t pay their bartenders too much, and tips can be a huge part of their income.
Sniff the wine first. This can give you a good idea of what the wine will taste like, and it can also help to make sure whether or not you will actually like the wine at all.
This article just scratches the surface of the world of wine tasting and wine etiquette. Indeed, there are many more rules and customs that you may need to understand before feeling completely comfortable drinking wine in public. The good news is that they aren’t particularly hard to learn, and with time and enough practice, you can master wine etiquette.