Wine Etiquette: Do’s and Dont’s
Wine is very exotic, and the path to enjoying your wine properly is filled with so many rules and questions. Are you drinking the right wine? Are you pairing it with the right dish? Are you serving it the right way? These are enough to scare you away forever.
Don’t waste time worrying. Here are some do’s and dont’s to help you navigate the path to vinous enjoyment:
1. Do trust your palate.
Wine is supposed to be enjoyed. That is the ultimate purpose. There are a lot of wine snobs who like to shove their preferences down your throat, literally. Turn the tables and tell them what wine you like instead. Don’t become a slave to a wine critic’s points or other people’s opinions. Sample a variety of wines from around the world to develop your palate and base your decision solely on your own experience and preferences.
2. Don’t serve red wine at room temperature.
The ideal “room temperature” is the 50-55 degrees of an English wine cellar. Nothing tastes worse than a glass of hot wine. Serving red wine with a bit of a chill (ideally 55-60 degrees –or about 45 minutes in a refrigerator) enhances its fruit, rounds out those tannins and makes the wine’s alcohol level more seamless.
3. Do use the right glass.
Wine glasses are a diverse lot and sometimes it can be tough to figure out what is appropriate for what. They are crucial however, to the overall appreciation of a wine, and work in tandem with temperature. Having the right stemware can make a considerable difference in your perception and enjoyment of wine, but you should try not to get a different glass for each grape variety, that’s totally unnecessary.
4. Do open the wine bottle quietly.
When opening a wine bottle, try and do it quietly and elegantly.
5. Do hold your wine glass by the stem or the base
Hold all stemmed wine glasses (red, white, etc) towards the base of the stem between your thumb, forefinger and middle finger. You’ll find that your other fingers will just rest on the base naturally. The reason for this is to avoid leaving greasy fingerprints on the glass. Don’t worry, it’s totally socially acceptable to swirl your wine.