Thursday, February 4, 2016

Preparing for a Wine-Tasting Event

Since 2006, Antoine Chaya has served Oracle Corporation, a software company based in Redwood Shores, California, as the senior director of strategic accounts. Away from work, he enjoys visiting the nearby Napa Valley.

California's Napa Valley is known for its vineyards and wineries, many of which the public can visit and taste their wines. However, a person should first familiarize themselves with proper wine-tasting etiquette. For starters, any person or group interested in a wine tasting should call ahead to make a reservation. Many vineyards are open seven days a week, but tours and tastings must be scheduled ahead of time, particularly in preparation for larger parties.

When it comes to dressing for a wine tasting, an individual should attempt to balance comfort and elegance. A wine-tasting event should be treated as a special occasion that warrants some degree of formal attire. At the same time, most wine tastings require a person to walk from room to room and may involve a considerable amount of time outdoors or in clammy cellars, so comfort, mobility, and warmth are also potential factors to consider.

Finally, a person must learn how to sample the wine. Vineyard operators expect visitors to enjoy their wine by swirling the liquid around the glass, a technique that helps invigorate the wine’s aromas. When swirling or drinking, a person should hold a wine glass by the stem, rather than the bowl. Visitors must also remember to pace themselves and to eat regularly throughout the day so they don’t get inebriated. Wine-tasting events feature spittoons where individuals can spit out the wine they’ve tasted and further control their intake.