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The essential list of wine etiquette tips to master


When you’re not having wine in the privacy of your own home (where you can get away with having it in your favorite coffee mug) you’ll want to apply your wine etiquette. Etiquette is one of those things that at first seems unnecessary, but it is a powerful tool. It is the social way of showing that you are not a “monster”.

Wine etiquette can be useful in many situations:

  • Business dinners
  • Meeting the parents
  • Formal gatherings
  • Classy dinner dates

So, here are some of the most important practices to become familiar with:

9 Wine Etiquette Habits to Know

0831-02-02.jpgHold your glass by the stem or the base.
0831-02-03.jpgSmell your wine. Sniff it, taste it, and think about it.
0831-02-04.jpgTry to drink from the same position on your wine glass to reduce unsightly mouth marks
0831-02-05.jpgWhen opening a wine bottle, try to do it quietly, like a ninja
0831-02-06.jpgWhen clinking: clink glasses bell to bell (it reduces breakage) and look your clinking-buddy in the eye.
0831-02-07.jpgPouring wine? Hold the bottle towards the base.
0831-02-08.jpgFill your glass less than half way to give your wine room to breathe.
0831-02-09.jpgTry to keep your portion of drinking equivalent to the other people around you.
0831-02-10.jpgOffer wine to others before pouring


By Madeline Puckette, WineFolly