Wine Tasting Tips

Posted by The Wine Whore |

Wine tastings are a great way to learn about your palate but they can also be dangerous if you aren't properly prepared. Before you go swirling, sniffing, and sipping, make sure to follow these important tasting tips:

Tip #1 - Dark Clothes Aren't Just for Vampires
There's no better way to look like a moron than sporting a huge red stain down the front of your shirt. Not only will it make you look like a lush, it's a great way to get cut off from the bar.

Tip #2 - EAT ME
A pour may seem small, but it'll feel like you drank the entire bottle if you have an empty stomach. Greasy, fried foods are a great way to prevent embarrassing moments and even worse hangovers.

Tip #3 - Snobs Suck
Noone likes a know-it-all. Give people a chance to learn and enjoy on their own. Wine snobbery is the #1 reason why people are afraid to drink wine in the first place.

Tip #4 - Use Your Mouth
Talk with the other guests. You've already got one thing in common... why not find out if there's anything else!

Tip #5 - Party On
Let the good times roll. You're there to enjoy yourself, right? Have fun but don't act like a drunken idiot.

Tip #6 - Nice People Swallow
Leave the spitting to camels and baseball players. The only time that you'll find me spitting out wine is if it tastes like vinegar. Part of the whole tasting experience should include enjoying a nice buzz.

Tip #7 - Take Good Notes
Write down what you tasted and whether you liked it. There's nothing worse than trying to remember that one awesome bottle of wine that you tasted when you have nothing to jog your memory. Taking home the empties or corks works as a great alternative if paper and pen isn't handy.

Tip #8 - You Did WHAT?
Share your experience with others. Unless you're Robert Parker, it's impossible for one person to taste everything out there. Tell others what you liked/disliked so that they may learn vicariously through your liver. They'll thank you for it!

Am I forgetting anything important? Hope this helps you get the most out of your next wine tasting experience.


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1WineDude said...

Man, you need to be careful on this - if you're tasting a lot of wine, you'd better be spitting...

The Wine Whore said...

Hey Dude! :)

It's surprising how fast a few pours can add up quickly. Obviously if you intend to taste a lot, there's no way you'll ever get through it without spitting... but I don't know, doesn't that take away from the whole experience? Also, doesn't your palate need a rest after tasting a certain amount of wine anyways? How well can anyone really taste through say 100+ wines in one sitting?

I dunno, maybe I am just a lush! :)


winelady said...

Hey there, no reason to be unladylike and spit! Just pour out the remainder in the bucket -- hopefully there is one provided. That way you'll look like you know when you've had enough -- or on the other hand, why should you drink it if you don't like it. :)

Save the drinking for the wine you like. That way you can drink more. LOL

Thanks Randy, great post

The Wine Whore said...

That's the strategy I used at my last tasting... I didn't spit, but I did dump out the ones that I didn't like. While I did get a nice buzz, I was able to do so without getting too sick! :)

Thank you and...


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