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International Wine Festival
10 Helpful Tasting Room Hints
by Daenna Van Mulligen
Most people who attend wine tastings do so out of a desire to learn and to enjoy
In order to do so, here is a little bit of etiquette and 10 simple tips.
1. DON'T come on an empty stomach - even if
you are spitting you'll get drunk (see #7)
2. DO come with a plan. Make a list
of wines you would like to taste, the wineries you would really like to visit or
the regions you want to discover. If you need help here is my very manageable,
3. DON'T wear any kind of fragrance. I
know you've heard this before, but really...DON'T!
4. Engage! Ask questions. The
principals are there for a reason. This is a good opportunity to learn. But
don't monopolize the table or the principal - other people are waiting their
5. DON'T be a douche. A little information
can be a dangerous thing (especially when it's misinformation). Use your
knowledge wisely if asking questions, but don't be afraid to ask
questions to expand your knowledge.
Don't pretend or assume you know more than the gal tasting next to you, you may
very well be wrong and ultimately, you'll look like an idiot.
Being a douche also means - monopolizing the table (#4), not stepping back out
of the way once you've got your sample pour (#6), you and your friends forming a
wall around the table, standing in front of the spit bucket (#8) or taking a few
laps around your perfume bottle (#3).
6. DO step away from the table.
People are waiting behind you. If not, feel free to linger.
7. Spit. Purse your lips together and
force the wine out of your mouth and into the spit bucket once you've swirled it
around enough to get a good taste. Practice with water over the sink. Trust me,
it will make your evening more enjoyable, you will learn more and you won't get
8. Don't stand in front of the spit
bucket if you can avoid it. Buddy behind you wants to use it.
9. DO take notes. Just a scratch or a
star beside a wine you like, something to remember the ones you would like to
10. DO take a taxi home, or walk.
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