things I’ve learned about wine

May 8, 2013

Goes with anything.

Pay attention to what you like.  I remember drinking cabernet and chardonnay because that’s what everyone drank, until one day I realized they don’t taste good.  Zinfindel and pinot grigio for me!  Also, merlot, riesling, malbec, shiraz…

If you order a bottle at a restaurant that you really like, take a picture of the label so you’ll remember it.

Ordering wine off a menu takes practice.  But if you can do it with confidence, you’ll impress everyone at the table.

When the waiter pours you a taste from the bottle you ordered, you don’t have to stare at it and sniff it and swirl it around and pretend like that’s telling you anything.  Just take a taste to make sure the bottle isn’t off.

Learn to use a waiter’s corkscrew.  Not just because it’s a good skill to have, but because it also impresses the heck out of people.

Discriminating against a certain region makes you look like an ass.  However, promoting a favorite region makes you look educated and cosmopolitan.  For example:  you can’t go wrong with Oregon whites or Australian reds.

Plastic corks:  okay.  Screw-tops:  also okay.  It’s a brave new world out there.  (Though it can be embarrassing when you try to open a bottle with a corkscrew and then realize it’s a screw top.)

More as I think of them…

9 Responses to “things I’ve learned about wine”


  1. Reds and Whites from the Loire Valley. Yum! The rose is quite good from that region too.

  2. Jo Anne Says:

    Don’t forget Oregon Pinot Noirs and Marlborough NZ Sauvignon Blancs!

    Mom

  3. ArcLight Says:

    I never drink…wine….

  4. WanabePBWriter Says:

    Wine Movie: Bottle Shock: Fact based story of California wine makers taking on the French in 1976 Stars Alan Rickman as an English Wine snob.

  5. Adam. Says:

    Stay away from the Non-Filtre, even if Rene in the hotel bar drinks it all the time…..

  6. max Says:

    What a delicious thought, this “wine” you speak of.

  7. max Says:

    They’re also great for dueling. Monday night! We face each other at sundown! Choose your weapon, red or white! En garde!

    …then of course, that leads to the inevitable “oh no! I’ve been riesling’d! (strained gasp) … train the boy…”

  8. Janice Says:

    Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Washington State. Not too sweet. Awesome label.
    http://www.charlessmithwines.com/charles-smith-wines/wines/current/kung-fu-girl1

  9. RobertL Says:

    Another vote for Australian reds!

    My Dad will send back any bottle that doesn’t have a real cork. I will try anything that didn’t come out of a box.


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