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Wine Tasting Etiquette - Basic Guidelines

by The Juice

Wine tasting events are a great way to sample a variety of wines and learn more about them from experts. However, it's important to follow proper etiquette so that everyone can have an enjoyable experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind when attending a wine tasting event:

1- Dress appropriately. Wine tasting events are usually more formal occasions, so it's best to dress in semi-formal or business attire. Avoid wearing strong fragrances as they can interfere with the taste of the wine.

2- Arrive on time. Wine tastings are usually scheduled for a specific time, so be sure to arrive at the designated time.

3- Listen to the host or wine expert. The host or wine expert will usually provide information about the wines being tasted, the winery, and the winemaking process. It's important to listen to this information so that you can appreciate the wines more fully.

4- Taste the wine properly. To get the most out of a wine tasting, it's important to taste the wine properly. First, look at the wine by holding it up to a white background. Note the color, which can indicate the wine's age. Then, smell the wine. This is called "nosing" the wine, and it will give you a sense of the wine's aroma. Finally, taste the wine. Sip a small amount and let it roll around your mouth before swallowing.

5- Be respectful of others. Wine tastings can be crowded, so be sure to be mindful of others and avoid cutting in line or pushing to the front of the group. Also avoid spilling or wasting the wines, as they can be expensive.

6- Spit it out. Many wine tastings involve sampling many wines, if you are not planning to drink much or not at all, it's perfectly acceptable to pour out remaining wine from the glass after you tasted it into the designated spittoon.

By following these etiquette guidelines, you can be sure to have a pleasant and informative experience at a wine tasting event. Remember to enjoy and ask questions to learn more about the wines and the wineries.

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