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…