Wine Etiquette: Dos and Don'ts
There are some basic wine etiquette Dos and Don'ts that will help in your appreciation of wine at home and in more formal settings. Find out them here.
At home as you pour yourself a drop of Burgundy into your Best Dad in the World mug, the word etiquette can sound a little pretentious and, when linked with wine, make you want to switch off, roll your eyes and think this isn't for me.
However, there are some basic wine etiquette Dos and Don'ts that will help in your appreciation of wine at home and in more formal settings, in addition, they can enhance your wine tasting proficiency, see the how to taste wine blog for more.
Don't take a bottle to someone else's house that you wouldn't drink yourself. Think of it as a gift to the host. Remember if they offer to open the bottle later and it is something you wouldn't drink, it could be quite awkward.
Don't wear too much cologne if you know that the evening is going to be a wine-related event. What we smell is related to what we taste, so it is important that our senses aren't confused and distracted by overpowering aftershaves and perfumes.
When you step back and look at these simple Dos and Don'ts they aren’t complicated or pretentious but are simple guidelines that wine professionals follow. The reason why people follow these rules is to ensure that the wine itself is the centre of attention.
Wine etiquette helps you, and everyone else who is with you, to get the best out of the wine and the event you are at. These rules are not expensive to adhere to and are not part of a passing trend that will quickly go out of fashion.
The basics are Do enjoy yourself and Don't worry if you're not doing everything, just take things one step at a time. In no time at all, you will be appreciating your Grand Cru Burgundy at its peak and everyone will want to share that experience with you, as long as you are happy to share it.