Let’s say you’re out at a great restaurant with a special someone or even a group of fun people close to you whom you want to share a great bottle of wine with. Sure, some of us more experienced wine enthusiasts already have a background with some form of wine education and know exactly what to order and what to do when the bottle arrives.
Let’s say you’re out at a great restaurant with a special someone or even a group of fun people close to you whom you want to share a great bottle of wine with. Sure, some of us more experienced wine enthusiasts already have a background with some form of wine education and know exactly what to order and what to do when the bottle arrives. Some of us might know exactly what to order, but aren’t quite sure what to do when the bottle shows up at your table. Relax, here’s a brief how-to on handling that bottle when the server brings it to your table.
- Vintage Verification – Especially if you ordered a special vintage or a particularly pricey bottle in any way, you want to check the label for any discrepancies. Make sure the year and vineyard are exactly what you ordered. If any of it doesn’t add up, send it back.
- Cloudy with Chance of Particles – Visually inspect the wine for cloudiness or particles of unknown origin. If it has any cloudiness or particles, chances are that you’ve mistakenly ordered a poor quality wine. Some white wines in particular may have small crystals from the cork in the wine and are fine, but particles of any other kind should be cause enough to send the wine back for a different choice.
- The Swirl and Sniff – Keep the glass on the table while making small swirls (small is key to avoid an embarrassing splash or spill) and sniffing inward. This is to detect anything that doesn’t smell quite right. Some typical odors to look for are wet cardboard, vinegar, or sourness). If it only smells a little off to you, you can try to taste it, and if the taste is right you should be okay. If however, it either fails the sniff test badly or just slightly and the taste isn’t good, back it goes. By the way, ignore the cork that they may put in front of you. There’s really no reason to examine, smell, or definitely not taste it. The wine itself is what we’re testing here, not the cork.
After you’ve verified the correct bottle was presented, checked for cloudiness, and swirled and sniffed away, you should be free to enjoy your wine and start thinking about if you want to wait for the Baked Alaska for desert or not.
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