Do You Know How to Serve Wine? Learn for free!
Here are some free pointers to serving wine:
1The first concept to wine serving refers to temperature. White wine is always served cold, after being kept in the refrigerator for at least two hours, while red wine is always served at room temperature. Of a growing popularity is the rose wine, made from black grapes, but which are macerated for shorter time periods. The rose wine, like the white wine, is served at cooled temperatures.
2In terms of the wine to be served, it has to be remembered that white wine is generally served alongside white meat – such as chicken or fish. Red wine is mostly served with red meat – such as pork or beef. More indications are found on the etiquettes of each bottle.
3Aside color of the wine, the host must decide on the nature of the wine. Generally, there are four possibilities – sweet wine, dry wine or the middle versions, middle dry and middle sweet. Some brands will only serve a middle version, either middle dry or middle sweet. As I observed, the wine connoisseurs generally prefer dry wine, yet this is not a rule. As a fun fact, a study conducted by researchers in Australia and the United Kingdom revealed that people who prefer sweet wine have an inclination to be impulsive, whereas people who prefer dry wine are more flexible and easygoing (China Daily, 2009).
4Once the wine has been selected and put to the right temperature, we are up to serving. The host, or the waiter, must first pour a sip of wine into a clean glass and hand it out to the gentleman for tasting. He will smell and taste it and then he will state if the wine is satisfactory or not. If it is not, the waiter or the host or hostess will bring another wine. Nevertheless, this situation seldom occurs, as the gentleman will most frequently give his OK for the wine. Once he does this, wine will be poured into the glasses of both gentleman and lady.
5It is always advisable for the bottle of wine served to be a fresh one that has the cork popped out in front of the guest. Serving already opened wine (leftover wine) is generally acceptable as a rule of wine serving, if the opened bottle has been adequately stored and its contents have not interacted with oxygen too much. In terms of social canons however, it is best to open a fresh bottle and keep the leftover wine for later.
6The final specification to be made refers to the glasses in which the wine is served. The expectation is that the glasses are crystal, but this feature has a limited applicability. The average wine glasses then have to meet two criteria: first, the red wine glasses are shorter, while the white wine glasses are taller. Secondly, in both cases, it is necessary that the upper cut of the glass be straight, and that the glass has no lip; the red wine glass has a straight cut, whereas the white wine glass has a lip.
Sweet or Dry? Wine Choice Reveals Your Personality, China Daily, www.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2009-09/02/content_8646454.htm
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