5 Tips For Serving Wine Correctly
If you are holding a dinner party it is important to pay attention to the way you present and serve food and drinks. Wine is one of the best drinks to serve at a dinner party because it is often universally liked.
There are also a lot of great wines out there that compliment different foods in a really nice way. Here are five clever tips to help you serve wine correctly.
1. Use The Right Glasses
The first thing you should keep in mind is to ensure that you have the right wine glasses. You don’t necessarily need to have different glasses for white and red wine.
The key is to have a specific glass for champagne and a different one for wines since champagne really requires a tall and thin glass.
More than anything else, make sure that you serve wine from clean glasses. This isn’t a vanity issue; the taste can change quite dramatically if the glass is greasy or stained.
2. Learn To Open The Bottle
Opening a wine bottle isn’t necessarily easy, especially when you are serving a wine bottle with a wooden cork. The last thing you want is to spoil the taste of the wine by corking it or hitting someone with the cork.
Never point the bottle at a person, especially when opening a bottle of sparkling wine.
Keep the bottle upright and remove the foil to below the lip of the bottle to avoid contamination from the foil. You should then hold the lower end of the bottle and gently rotate the bottle instead of rotating the cork.
3. The Right Pouring Order
It is also important that you pour the wine in the right order. First make sure you know who wanted to drink which wine in the first place. Then start pouring the wine for the guests by serving the ladies first.
If you have an older woman among your guests always start from her. After you have served the ladies proceed around the table clockwise. Remember to have a cloth at hand that you can use to dry the bottleneck after each pouring.
4. Decant Vintage Wines
There are a lot of differing opinions when it comes to decanting the wine. Some people prefer to do it with all wines and some rather not do it with any. As a general rule if you are using vintage wines it is a good idea to decant them according to Vintage Wine Gifts website, for instance.
Naturally decanting your wine is also a great way to present the wine in your lovely decanter or carafe.
5. The Right Temperature
You also need to make sure you serve the wine at the right temperature. The general rule is that white wine should be served chilled and red wine at room temperature.
There are more detailed tips for serving at the right temperature on the Winedoctor.com website. If you are unsure it is better to serve wine just a little bit cold instead of ending up serving it too warm.
The above tips can help you serve wine the right way at your next dinner party. It will show the guests that you have paid attention to detail and will make the experience a little bit more special.
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Nathan is a huge wine lover and he is always on the lookout for great wines. He also loves to host dinner parties and meet up with his friends over great food. He also loves to spend time reading more about philosophy.