Wine Tasting Etiquette Guidelines
If you are going to your first wine tasting party or wine tasting event at a winery, you can be assured that it will likely be a very enjoyable experience for you. In addition to meeting and mingling with people of different backgrounds, you get to
sample some exotic wines that you may have never known about. However, before you get all excited, you need to know the proper wine tasting etiquette that is expected at these gatherings. This way, the night will go smoothly, not only for you, but for the people around you.
1. The wine is for everyone there
If you are lining up for a wine to be poured, don't stand at the head of the line and talk away once you have your wine. Simply move away and let everyone behind you get their share. The people behind you aren't interested in hearing your conversation at their expense, as they want to enjoy the wine that is being served as well. If you have any questions, simply wait for the line to empty and then ask the attendant if they are not busy. Think about it from other people's stand point....would you want some chatterbox holding up the line?
2. The food is there for everyone as well
At most wine tasting events or parties, there will be small snacks provided that will compliment the taste of the wine. However, just because you can refill your plate does not mean the snacks are "all-you-can-eat". Most often, the snacks are there in limited amounts, and if there are a lot of people at the party, common courtesy would dictate you should allow everyone else to sample some of the food as well. Generally speaking, wine tasting parties are not meant to include a dinner as well, so don't go there hoping to get full!
3. Sipping : Keep It To Yourself!
Just like soup, no one wants to hear you sip or slurp your wine loudly. These strange noises can be quite annoying to people around you and may even be considered to be downright rude. The trick to not doing this is to drink your wine slowly. This will allow you to savour the wine for longer in order to appreciate the complexities of the wine. If you are not experienced at drinking wine, this may take a bit of practise, but it shouldn't take too long.
4. Avoid wearing lipstick
It may be hard for some women to come to grips with this tip, but it is actually important. The reason behind this is that the oils in lipstick will stick to fine crystal on the wine glasses and could distort the taste of the wines. You CAN go out without lipstick to a wine tasting event. Many of these events happen during the day anyway.
5. Spitting is Acceptable
Unlike most other social gatherings, the spitting out of tasted wine is acceptable. The idea is to take a small mouthful of wine and hold it in your mouth for approximately 8 to 10 seconds. This will allow you to assess all the complexities of the wine that you wouldn't find if you swallowed the wine right away. For most times, you will be provided with a small cup to spit the wine out, or an ice bucket for a group of people. The reasoning behind the spitting is that you can clear your mouth for the next wine, but also so you do not get intoxicated, thereby impairing your judgement of the following wines.
Wine tasting events can be a great experience for you, especially if you've never attended one in the past. You never know who you are going to meet at these events, and you can sample some of the best wines that wineries have to offer. However, you need to be aware of the expected etiquette at these events to avoid awkward situations. If you keep the above tips in mind, you should have no problem