A reader of Uncorked poses this timely and excellent question:
How do you start out tasting wine on a Saturday morning and not wreck the rest of your day by getting blottoed?
Here are some suggestions from a savvy veteran:
ï?® Whether itâ€™s four or five wines available for sampling or 16-plus as there will be at both Arrows on Saturday, be picky when choosing which wines to try. There is absolutely no pressure or expectation on the part of the pourer or anyone else that you will try â€œthe full boatâ€? of everything offered.
ï?® Every wine-tasting venue offers a dump-bucket (or they should) for tasters to discard the remnants of their glass, and again, no one will â€œlook at you funnyâ€? for using it. If you donâ€™t like a wine, dump it and move on. Even if you DO like a wine, but have tasted enough of it and want to try others, DUMP IT and move on. We here in the heartland were raised to clean our plates and not â€œwasteâ€? what weâ€™ve paid for, but that concept simply doesnâ€™t apply here. If you finish every sample and are sampling many, the only thing youâ€™re wasting is yourself.
ï?® Wine tastings almost always offer something to snack on â€“ cheese and crackers, usually, and occasionally something more substantial. The eats are free. Take advantage of them.
ï?® Itâ€™s time-honored advice because it works: drink water. Before, during, after.
These suggestions combined with designated drivers and other common-sense precautions will help make for a safe and enjoyable wine-tasting experience.
An afternoon nap doesnâ€™t hurt, either.