Jason Kallsen from The Wine Company and Peter Plaehn from Nicollet Island Inn offer great tips in this video from Above the Burner to help anyone chose a wine they will like.
- Know what flavors you like: butter, bacon, fruits, spice, etc..
- Know what price point you want upfront. Never let the staff push you into a range you are not comfortable with paying. No matter how great the wine is it will ruin your experience.
- Ask your server if he or she is a wine drinker. Not everyone is, however restaurants and bars train their employees on the various wines. Often times restaurants will have sommelier; it is his/her job to suggests wines.
- I like to decide what I am ordering before I select my wine, this can ensure the wine compliments the food.
- If ordering a bottle of wine, it should be opened in front of you. The waiter/waitress will often put the cork on the table; smelling the wine cork isn't necessary, however you should look at it to see if it is too dry or moldy.
- If the wine does not taste right, don't be afraid to send it back. But be specific why you are sending it back.
- Did you know it is acceptable to bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant? Find out in advance what the corkage fee (charge to open your bottle) is at the restaurant.
- Compare price of glass to the price of the bottle. On average your should get 4 glasses of wine per bottle. I will often order a bottle and take home what I do not drink. (Remember that cork on the table?) This is perfectly acceptable. Enjoy the wine! Be responsible put the bottle in the trunk or backseat.
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