With what most countries call the ‘fall season’, Singapore seems to have a slew of wine tastings in preparation for the holiday season. Overwhelmed and wondering how to manage it all? Sassy to the rescue! Read on for a terrific list of “Rules At a Wine (Tasting) Festival” provided by our friends at Hedges Winery in Red Mountain, Washington, USA with my very own personal commentary intended to help you be at your stylish best this wine tasting season!
11 Rules for a Wine Tasting Festival
1. Don’t tether your wine glass to your neck. ‘Nuff said?
2. Don’t violently lift your glass in mid-pour and say ‘that’s enough’. That’s the best way to break your glass and have wine poured all over your hand.
3. Don’t say ‘give me the biggest thing you have’. It’s not Singapore’s own Morton’s Steak House.
4. Don’t shove. I mean… really. Spilt wine is alcohol abuse and asking for an expensive dry cleaning bill.
5. Don’t ask how the wine scored, ever. It’s kinda like asking someone his or her age.
6. Don’t lick your glass. It looks piggy. Best to use a tissue to catch those drips. And please keep your glass rim food free… eew gross!
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7. Don’t dump into the water pitcher. Always look before you drink out of the water pitcher as well. If you do accidentally pour wine into the water pitcher, fess up so the water can be replaced.
8. Practice spitting at home; it will come in handy. Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to spit because you don’t care for the wine, you’ve had enough, you are driving or you’re watching your calories. In Singapore please consider taking a taxi, they are cheap as chips and a lot less expensive than being arrested for drinking and driving.
9. Don’t talk about the legs. Here’s a tip, legs don’t matter they are a mythical indicator of wine quality. Legs, or tears as the French refer to them, are the streaks of wine forming on the side of the wine glass – the more, the higher the wine quality. However, legs have more to do with the physics of the wine’s surface tension and alcohol content, than perceived quality.
10. Don’t ask what the most expensive wine on the table is…it’s tacky. And wine is super- expensive in Singapore anyway. Wine tastings are about taste not price. Unless of course you only buy the most expensive wine available, then please point that out to those around you.
11. Asking for a wine donation at the table for one of Singapore’s 2,000+ charities will result in instant death. Best to ask for a business card and follow up later, after you have purchased some wine.
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It is perfectly acceptable to take a sip or two and pour the rest into a dump-bucket, you need not explain why to the wine representative. It is good to have a wine tasting strategy, especially if there are more than a dozen available to taste. Start your tasting with the lightest wines such as bubbles or the whites and then move onto the reds. It is hard to go back and forth between red and white wines, even for professionals. I recommend you have a bite of bread or cheese between wines to help clear your palate and improve the taste sensation. Singapore’s climate is tough, even at night, so do make sure you drink plenty of water along the way.
Wine tastings are a terrific opportunity to learn about wine while trying a number of new and different wines. It is a great time to ask questions, take a few notes and meet other wine lovers in Singapore. So relax, grab a glass and have some fun! Cheers!
To get a good bottle of wine or host your own private wine party contact: Shawn O’Hara, Consulting Sommelier, My Own Private Cellar, email@example.com