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How to Order Wine You’ll Actually Like!

How to Order Wine You’ll Actually Like!

Laurita Winery , wine advice 🕔June 23, 2017 0 comments

Ordering wine can be an intimidating experience. Especially if you’re handed an expansive wine list with offerings you’ve never heard of. Fortunately, the Washington Post offers some DOs and DON’Ts to help you order a glass of wine you’ll actually enjoy!

Choosing a wine is not a multiple-choice exam with right and wrong answers… People are embarrassed to ask questions about wine because they feel like they should know more about it than they do.



DO taste test.

Most restaurants are happy to oblige when you ask to sample a wine before committing to a glass. If it’s not to your taste, you should feel no pressure to order it.

The same rule doesn’t necessarily apply when ordering a bottle, but you probably shouldn’t order an entire bottle of something you’ve never tried anyway.

DON’T make them guess at your price range.

If you’re embarrassed to admit your price range in front of your companions, Bosker recommends pointing to a bottle on the menu: “A good sommelier will pick up on your hint and won’t suggest a $150 bottle if you’re indicating something that’s $50.”

It will give the somm an idea of what you can afford, enabling them to make suggestions within your range.

DO get yourself a wine app. Or two.

Yay, technology! There are numerous versions available. Some wine apps offer ratings and list prices, some offer suggestions based on wines you already like. Heck, download them all! You’ve always got your phone in hand anyway!

DON’T be a stinker!

Rather, don’t wear a lot of perfume or cologne.

A wine’s aroma is tied closely to its taste, which is part of the reason wine pros will swirl their glass and take a big sniff before taking a sip. That’s why it’s best to sample wine in unadulterated air.

You won’t be consciously aware of it because you’re accustomed to the way you smell, but it will make a difference.

DO keep it fun.

Be patient, stay open minded, and ask questions. Wine is an experience… make it a good one!


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