Brits Know Less About Wine Than A 10-Year-Old French Child

Monday, 25 November, 2013
Poorna Bell
1 in 5 of us fancy ourselves as wine connoisseurs, according to a recent survey, but the reality is that we know diddly squat about wines.
The most common faux pas include complaining that the red wine isn’t cold enough, swilling wine in the glass with such enthusiasm that it spills everywhere and some are even found guilty of asking for a slice of lemon.

The poll, conducted by French Wines With Style, looked at 2,000 adults, and found that among the top faux pas, some included complaining that the waiter hadn't poured enough wine (when it was just poured for a tasting). Another was that 20% of people order their food without thinking about the food it will match.

Other lesser known faux pas (although you'd think it was common sense) is not storing wine next to the cooker, and perhaps more forgivingly, not everyone knows when to throw wine away. Apparently 10% of us hold onto rosé for more than two years, which is not recommended because it is a type of wine that is meant to be drunk young.

We're definitely guilty of this - nearly 23% order by referencing the wine number on a menu to avoid saying it incorrectly.

14% of us are not ashamed to say that they don't know enough about wine to do proper food pairing, while 32% say they prefer someone else to order the wine because it takes the pressure off.

But wine bores beware - conversely, 30% say they find it really irritating if someone else tries to order for them.

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