Even if you prefer beer to wine, there is no point in denying that wine learning offers a fascinating experience with new friends at new places bursting with new flavors. Wine tastings are great events for wine enthusiasts to try various wines. Such events can take place at classy Singapore event space where participants are seated in a seminar-like event or at casual Singapore event space with tasters going around informally like how they would behave at a party.
Unlike a wine class, wine tasting participants come from various backgrounds: they can be beginners, intermediates or advanced experts. After all, regardless of what level of wine knowledge one has, it doesn’t change the fact that one cannot sample much wine at home unless they are prepared to purchase wines in bulk and throw all of them away after having a sip.
There are a few etiquettes that one should be aware of at wine tasting:
1. Spit, don’t swallow
If you are at a winery, you might notice that some tasters spit onto the gravel floor or drain. If you are in a sophisticated surrounding, you might see people spitting into containers or ice bucket called a spittoon. You might find this a weird practice: after all, all tasters pay good money to taste the wine. Why not swallow it for what it is worth? Also, it seems uncivilized to spit.
There are a few good reasons why you should not swallow the wine:
- As the alcohol consumed begins to cloud your judgment, it will become difficult for you to evaluate the later wines. By the time you reach wine ninth or tenth, you would have become less thoughtful in tasting.
- You don’t have the swallow the wine to taste it. Having it in your mouth for roughly ten seconds is enough for you to taste the wine thoroughly.
- You do not want to take the risk of drunk driving after the tasting session ended – it is not prudent to risk your life.
It is therefore perfectly acceptable and normal to spit out the wine. All experienced wine tasters do it. If you are unable to do it, make sure you have a substantial meal before tasting, as it slows down alcohol absorbance.
And no, the simple crackers and bread at wine tastings are not enough.
2. Make Some Noise
You might have heard other tasters slurp and gurgle at wine tastings. They are not being rude. When you draw air into your mouth, it enhances your ability to taste the wine. Of course, if you are a shy person, do practice to gurgle as quietly as possible.
3. Do Not Disturb Other Tasters’ Ability To Smell
Since smell is a highly valued aspect in wine tasting, please do not interfere with others’ aptness to smell, meaning that you shall not smoke at wine tasting. Also, refrain from using scent, be it perfume, hairspray or after shave lotion as they can make the detection of wine’s aroma difficult.
4. Keep Your Opinion To Yourself
Be courteous and do not share your opinion with other tasters until they have tasted the wine, as most tasters like to form their opinion independently and generally do not like others to break their concentration.