10 Wine tips that’ll make you sound like a pro

Friday, 29 July, 2022
Wine Folly, Phil Keeling
These wine tips cover some of the stranger bits of language and etiquette used by wine connoisseurs.

Come to think of it, the world of wine is full of weird quirks.

For example, have you ever watched a bunch of elegant wine drinkers spit out hundreds of dollars worth of wine? (This is very common at professional tastings!)

So, here are 10 wine tips that’ll help you fake it ’til you make it.

1. If you don’t know what to say, try, “Interesting”

This is the non-committal adjective of the year! Don’t panic: just swirl your wine, sniff it, and mutter, “Interesting…” to yourself. It’ll buy you some time while you try to remember the difference between a peach and a nectarine, or while you decide whether or not to admit you hate the wine you put in your mouth.

Truly, though, the wine tasting process is actually pretty easy to learn.

2. Hold your glass by the stem or the base

This might seem like a snobby thing to worry about, but it’s actually practical. Wine temperature is a big deal to wine pros. (We’ve seen people argue over a matter of a single degree: ugly).

Also, holding a glass a certain way is the secret handshake of the wine elite.

3. If you can’t smell the wine, it might be “closed”

Most of us should be able to smell any wine, no matter how subtle it is (unless of course you suffer from anosmia). Still, some wines are seriously tough to suss out aromas.

Why? Well, there are several reasons for this. For one, wines sit inside a bottle for a year or more without any additional oxygen. In this state, chemical reactions that age wine pull other elements (besides an “O”) for the task. This is why decanting wine (especially reds) is so important!

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