Wine Etiquette for Beginners

These etiquettes are meant to enhance your wine experience and show respect for the wine and those around you. However, it’s important to remember that the most important thing is to enjoy the wine in a way that brings you pleasure.

  1. Hold the glass by the stem: When holding a wine glass, it’s best to hold it by the stem rather than the bowl. This helps to prevent fingerprints on the glass and keeps the wine at the correct temperature by avoiding contact with the warmth of your hand.
  2. Observe and appreciate the appearance: Take a moment to observe the color, clarity, and viscosity of the wine. Swirl the wine gently in the glass to release its aromas.
  3. Smell the wine: Before taking a sip, give the wine a good sniff. Inhale the aroma to identify the different scents, which can give you clues about the wine’s flavors and characteristics.
  4. Sip and savor: Take small sips and let the wine coat your entire palate. Pay attention to the flavors, acidity, tannins, and body. Try to identify any specific notes or undertones in the wine.
  5. Wine pairings: When enjoying wine with food, it’s generally recommended to pair lighter wines with lighter dishes and fuller-bodied wines with richer or heavier dishes. However, remember that wine pairings are subjective, and you should drink what you enjoy.
  6. Toasting: When toasting with wine, it is customary to make eye contact with each person and clink glasses gently. It’s also polite to take a sip after the toast.
  7. Pace yourself: Wine is meant to be savored and enjoyed, so take your time and pace yourself, especially in social settings. Remember to drink responsibly and know your limits.

See also our guide to the different Facets of Wine Tasting

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