Whether you consider yourself just a wine enthusiast or an experienced taster, wine tasting events demand certain etiquette from guests.
To help you learn the conventions, we have compiled some Dos and Don’ts, so no matter how versed you are, you’ll feel at home when trying new wines.
An introduction to Etiquette at Wine Tasting Occasions
If you are dabbling in wine tasting, you may end up overwhelmed by the whole experience. Perfect wine tasting sessions are hard even for professionals. Although going to a wine tasting as a wine lover is incredibly exciting, there are many details to consider. It might seem intimidating at first, but don’t be discouraged questions of correctness or politeness. You can have fun without spoiling it for others as long as you are considerate. Here we will give you some solid advice for attending and enjoying a wine tasting event to the fullest.
Come Up with a Theme for Tasting
When it comes to wine tasting, giving yourself a theme to start is highly recommended. With a theme you can try to spot the differences of wines within that theme. For instance, you could select red wines from a certain region and a certain grape variety and then note the differences between them. You can also prepare a list of the producers or wines at the tasting ahead of time. Think of browsing through the aisles, surveying Italian wines, hosting comparative tasting of wine varieties, etc.
Don’t Wear Fragrances
Smells and aromas play a major role in wine tasting; therefore, it comes as no surprise that putting on cologne or perfume is a no-go. Don’t be the person answering to “What’s that smell?”. Keep in mind that appreciating all the aromas of a wine gets harder when the air is heavy with smells. Doing away with perfumes or fragrances you won’t miss out on the nuances of the very wines you are about to taste.
Eat Something Beforehand
Tasting wine on an empty stomach is a recipe for getting drunk and not enjoying the whole experience. Having a meal or snacking on something before attending the event is a good idea. If there-s food offered at the tasting, make the most of it and eat there too. Drinking water in between wines also helps stay hydrated. Finally, having crackers or nibbles during your tasting is another great way to cleanse your palate between wine glasses.
Take Notes Whenever You Can
A couple dozen wines later down the evening you’ll be probably start struggling to recall what you have tasted so far. If you are tasting to scout for new flavors and bottles you would like to buy, remember to write it all down. Document your experience either with notes or a phone’s camera to keep track of the wines you liked. Moreover, if you want to ask some questions and are on the lookout for interesting facts, take note of them and keep them at hand.
Dress for the Moment
Dress in dark colors and don’t use white, it’s not worth it. If you are going to carry anything with you (such as that notebook for taking notes), bring a purse or something with deep pockets. Don’t forget you’ll probably be carrying a wineglass around too. You will only have one hand free for shaking hands, taking notes and picking snacks.
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At the end of the day, it does not matter how much wine tasting etiquette you have mastered. Some people get very serious when it comes to tasting wine, do not mind it much. It’s ok to make mistakes just be sure to smile and have a good time. It is a tasting wine event, not a seminar, do not forget that and you will always leave the room with a great aftertaste.
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