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Wine Tasting Etiquette for an Enjoyable Experience

As wine tasting is considered to be a very sophisticated practice, there is a specific etiquette you have to follow.

This etiquette should remain the same whether you are at a vineyard, a wine tasting private party, or in a restaurant.

Keep It Small and Simple

When you have a wine tasting party you should only invite the number of people that you can fit comfortably in the room you want to have your party.

A crowd may be intimidating. You do not want any of your guests to feel like they are being rushed when they are pouring a glass or tasting the wine.

Clear Your Palate Between Wines

Always be sure to have bottled water on hand when you are having a wine tasting. This allows your guests to rinse their mouths out between tasting different wines. This is called, clearing the palate.

If you have just tasted a very heavy wine, you must have water ready for the guests. If you do not, then their next tasting may be tainted due to the heaviness lingering in their mouths. In addition, water is good because guests will get thirsty and they need to drink something other than the wine.

Provide Some Snacks

When you have a wine tasting it is important to provide foods for your guests. However, you also want to be sure to have food on hand that will not change the way the wine tastes in any way. The best snacks to have on hand include unflavoured things like bread or unsalted crackers.

Give the best Wine Experience

No wine tasting experience is complete without the “wine”. So make sure you have a good selection of varietals for your guests to enjoy. While getting wine from the nearest liquor store, the best experience would be to get wines that are not available on the retail shelves. Order your wine online and have it delivered to you at least a week before your planned event.