Are There Any Wine Rules Sommeliers Wish You'd Follow

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Temperature

Serving wine at the right temperature can significantly enhance its flavors. Reds are typically served slightly cooler than room temperature

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Glassware

Each glass shape is designed to optimize the wine's aroma and taste, enhancing your overall experience.

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Glasses

Pouring wine to the halfway mark allows for proper aeration and swirling, releasing aromas without spilling.

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Swirling

Swirling wine in your glass aerates it, releasing aromas and flavors. However, excessive swirling can be disruptive.

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Decanting

Young red wines benefit from decanting to soften tannins and allow flavors to develop. Older wines may require decanting to separate sediment

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Serving Order

Follow the sequence from light to dark: sparkling, whites, then reds. This progression prevents overwhelming lighter wines with heavier flavors.

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Principles

Consider acidity, sweetness, and intensity to create harmonious matches that elevate both wine and cuisine.

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Overchilling

Avoid overchilling as it can mute flavors. Letting them sit for a few minutes after removing from the fridge allows their complexities to shine.

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Respect

Respect their corkage policy and be mindful of any fees. It's courteous to choose a wine not offered on the establishment's menu.

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