An introduction to wine tasting etiquette
Wine tastings are not meant for only wine connoisseurs, although they enjoy a good tasting as much, if not more, than others. However, wine tastings are perfect way to get introduced to different wines and gain a lot of knowledge and appreciation for it. Before signing up for a wine tasting, there are a few dos and don’ts to learn in order to get the most out of your experience. Read the wine tasting tips below and make a tasting reservation to get your love affair with wine started!
Wine Tasting Dos & Don’ts
DO set a reservation or find out if a reservation is necessary. The Liquor Barn hosts an open wine tasting in the Chicago suburbs every Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm, but not all wineries and wine stores have the same offer. It’s especially important to call ahead if coming with a large group to ensure that everyone can be accommodated.
DO split the tasting, if you would like. Some are satisfied with splitting the offerings at a tasting and that is perfectly acceptable. Wine tastings can be free or have a cost so splitting is a good idea if you want to save some money. However, many places that offer wine tastings waive the fee or discount it if you purchase a bottle of wine from the event. (As if we needed more incentive to get great wine.)
DO aerate the wine by swirling it in the glass in order to reveal its complex aromas and unlock the full flavor.
DON’T touch the bowl of wine glass because the warmth of your fingertips will raise the wine’s temperature. Placing the glass on the table and swirling by holding the stem, and lifting by holding the stem, will provide you with the best control while keeping your fingers off the bowl.
DO inhale deeply before drinking the wine. The wine’s aromas are the capstone if its flavor and will complete the experience for you.
DO swirl the wine around in your mouth to coat all the surfaces.
DON’T drink all of the wine. There are spittoons available so that you can try all of the wine without getting too drunk. This way you can stay alert and enjoy the flavors.
DON’T start with red wines. It’s best to start with white and light wines before moving on to heavier wine, and save the really sweet ones for last. This way the bolder wines won’t overpower the delicate ones on your palate.