10 Tips for the Cellar Door

How to be cool at a wine tasting

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  • Remember:  this is not a bar. Customers are here to sample wine. Some people treat it as a bar and expect to drink for free.

  • Listen to staff, this is their job and they know the wines. Be polite when they explain the wine and listen when they go through a lot of technical details.

  • Don’t try the same wine excessively. Some people try a wine and expect a refill two or three times.

  • Try something new.  This is your time to experiment and broaden your wine horizons.

  • Don’t complain about the size of the tasting.  This is bad manners.

  • Don’t critique the wine, unless you are fluent in a rare foreign language, e.g. Swahili.  Everyone has different tastes, please keep your negative opinions private or until you are alone with your friends.

  • Be considerate of others. Everyone is here to have a good time and try the wine. This is not a private party that has been specially put on for you, except by prior arrangement.

  • Ask questions. Winemakers spend a lot of time producing the wines and put a lot of heart and soul into it. They love to talk about it and love it when visitors are interested in their wines.

  • You don’t have to make a purchase. You’re here to sample – if you like something make a purchase, but there’s no pressure.

  • Drink water.  Don’t be a dumbass, behave like a grownup - this is just smart.