Wine Tasting Etiquette

A guide to wine tasting

The basics of wine tasting are actually quite simple. You don’t need to have formal training, and everyone can do it. By the time you finish reading this article, you will be well on your way to being a good wine taster and ready to  attend wine tasting parties or even go on a wine tasting vacation in some of the most prominent vineyards and wineries in the world!

Wine Tasting Etiquette at Parties

Palate Cleansing

The ladies are usually served before the gentlemen. In most wine tasting parties, you can expect to be served with room temperature bottled water. The water is to rinse your mouth between tastings in order for your palate to be clean for the next wine. Cold water is not served as cold water will shock your taste buds which can affect the overall taste of the wine.

Some wine tasting parties serve unsalted and unflavored bread or crackers. This also helps in cleansing the palate during a wine tasting.

Holding the Glass

Hold the wine glass by the stem. Do not cup the bowl in your palm, because the heat from your hand will warm the wine. This can affect the taste of the wine.

Personal Etiquette

Do not wear strong-smelling perfumes or colognes, over even after-shave. The scent will overwhelm the bouquet or the smell of the wine, affecting the taste of the wine. You will not be the only one affected by this — you may overpower other tasters’ experiences. So, be polite.

It is also important that you shouldn’t smoke, chew gum or use mints before and during the wine tasting event. This can have an effect on your taste buds.

Wine tasting doesn’t just involve putting the wine in your mouth and rolling it around your tongue a couple of times before spitting or swallowing. You have to remember that wine tasting is all about the wine. It is about the color of the wine, the smell or the bouquet, and of course, the taste.

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!

We hope this helps you feel more confident for your next wine tasting party. Remember that the bottom line is to find a wine (or wines!) that you enjoy. Until then, just keep on wine tasting! Join us anytime at The Vineyard.