When You Buy Wine . . .

By Tiffany Stefalo

As someone looking to buy wine, one must be aware that the process comes with a certain amount of judgement. It seems like a bizarre situation to note, but you don't want to be caught off guard if it happens.

There are a great deal of palettes in the mouths of man, and, to say the least, these sort of differences will never go away. In fact, if anything they will only grow more mature and refined with time. In regard to wine, the specifics of temperature and platter are not to be trifled with. Not at all.

Consider just purchasing wine from a restaurant. Depending on the restaurant there will be certain ways you can order wine. There is by the glass, by the half bottle, and by the bottle. Should you ever find yourself in France, you may also notice they have an additional way, which is through ceramic pots called pichets. A pichet is generally equivalent to about four glasses or so. Therein half a pichet is more than a half bottle, and a pichet is often about the size of a full bottle. Anyway, there are these unique ways to order, but what happens when you do.

In selecting wine by the glass, you'll appreciate the way the wallet isn't immediately sacrificed. One should also be aware of the way it's brought out to you already filled, and not filled before you and the table.

If one is looking to have a half bottle, and definitely a full bottle, then he or she is taking a step into wine culture. The first routine that will change is the type of service associated with a bottle order.

The serve will next carry out a number of glasses, asking the table who would like wine and who is going to pass. Then they will open the bottle, exposing the cork for the table to sniff the bouquet (scent), and to keep.

Once the bottle is uncorked, the server will remove the glass of the wine's chooser, and their glass only, and administer a small sip. Once there, the taster will take this sip, checking to see if it isn't going to be an appropriate wine for the diner's meals.

If one decides the wine is right, then the rest of the glasses receive their pour. If one decides the wine is incorrect for the meal, then it's returned to the kitchen in place of a new bottle. Yet, don't think that you can turn away all the bottles you please. There are restaurant mandates limiting the bottles you can turn away and naturally charging you for either sending it back, or for uncorking it. If you're trying to save money, stick with your first.

After you've made it through this procedure of wine culture, you're then free to go about your evening with your regular decorum. However, if you don't usually buy wine at a restaurant, it can be helpful to know what you're getting into. Otherwise you may just be offended when the wine is poured to the taster only.

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