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Wine of the Week – Wine Etiquette, Part Deux

| Entertainment | January 4, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

There is some tasting room etiquette, beginning with making sure to be polite to others and share the space together. Sometimes the bar can get crowded and everybody needs to realize that when a new person or couple walks in, the wine bar server might ask you to move over slightly to open up a space. Don’t feel offended if they do. Everybody is there to enjoy a memorable experience.

I feel as long as you are nice and don’t act entitled or act like you know more than you do, you will have a wonderful time. If there is something you don’t know, ask the server. Something that isn’t a good idea, however, is to ask crazy questions that you know can’t be answered, just so you sound knowledgeable. You will come across as arrogant and annoying and you probably will receive bad service.

Be sure and ask the server his/her opinion, but don’t expect another person’s taste to be the same as yours. If there are many choices available, then you and your guest can get a tasting that is different, and you both can compare and taste more wines. But don’t assume you can be served continually, because if you appear that you have consumed too much, the tasting room staff is not allowed to serve you. You can ask for a second taste, but it may be expected that you will be purchasing that wine.

Come and see us at Reyes Winery. We are open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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