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Old 02-07-07, 05:23 PM
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What are you supposed to do when the waiter brings you the wine bottle?

I ordered a bottle of wine at dinner the other night night. The waiter brings me the bottle and holds it across his arm, showing me it. I'm like "Yup that's a wine bottle all right". Then he hands me the cork. I was tempted to bite off a piece and start chewing it, but I didn't. Then he pours a little in the glass and sets it down. Now this is where I'm supposed to do something sophisticated like hold it up, swirl it, sniff it... I just dipped my finger in some water and made the wine glass sing, and said "it sounds fine".
Now I took a wine tasting class on a cruise once, but I don't really remember much of it, actually the whole cruise is kind of a blur.
So what are you supposed to look for when the waiter brings the wine?
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Old 02-07-07, 05:33 PM
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- Acknowledge that the waiter brought the correct wine.
- Check the cork for debris or mold (don't sniff the cork).
- Taste the wine and if it's ok tell the waiter "that's fine".
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the date on the wine...if you know what's good and what's bad for the particular wine you ordered...I really never figured out the cork thing, but I like the chewing it idea. The small sample is so you can taste it and make sure it's ok and not bad...but I'm a beer guy, so what do I know...
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Originally Posted by Queen
- Acknowledge that the waiter brought the correct wine.
- Check the cork for debris or mold (don't sniff the cork).
- Taste the wine and if it's ok tell the waiter "that's fine".

Wow, thanks! Now I'll know what to do!
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Old 02-07-07, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Queen
- Acknowledge that the waiter brought the correct wine.
- Check the cork for debris or mold (don't sniff the cork).
- Taste the wine and if it's ok tell the waiter "that's fine".
Yeah, feeling the cork will tell you alot about how the bottle was stored and the effects on the content. Ultimate test is to just taste it. If you like it, keep the bottle. Otherwise, tell him what'd you prefer something else, maybe something drier, or sweeter, or whatever. Maybe even ask the sommelier for a consultation.

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Send it back and demand a nice stout or porter, circa 2007
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Originally Posted by Shadiyah
Wow, thanks! Now I'll know what to do!
"taste" means to take a very small sip and let it lie on your pallet for a few seconds before swallowing. Some folks swizzle it around, which I always thought was kinda dorky...it ain't mouthwash.

At most snooty places, if you are with a guy, they won't offer it to you, but to him.
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Originally Posted by efrobert
I ordered a bottle of wine at dinner the other night night. The waiter brings me the bottle and holds it across his arm, showing me it. I'm like "Yup that's a wine bottle all right". Then he hands me the cork. I was tempted to bite off a piece and start chewing it, but I didn't. Then he pours a little in the glass and sets it down. Now this is where I'm supposed to do something sophisticated like hold it up, swirl it, sniff it... I just dipped my finger in some water and made the wine glass sing, and said "it sounds fine".
Now I took a wine tasting class on a cruise once, but I don't really remember much of it, actually the whole cruise is kind of a blur.
So what are you supposed to look for when the waiter brings the wine?
The whole cruise was a blur? .
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I'd point at the next table and say "I think that must be theirs."
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sniffing the cork is dumb.

you should really sniff the glass. if it has a smell of soap or any smell, or is cloudy, request a new one. a glass that has soap residue or anything else in it will mar the taste of your wine more than anything else.

then you should chug the glass of your wine, borat style, and pronounce "it's good" after. then drink straight from the bottle and proceed to get yourself thrown out.
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Old 02-07-07, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Queen
- Acknowledge that the waiter brought the correct wine.
- Check the cork for debris or mold (don't sniff the cork).
- Taste the wine and if it's ok tell the waiter "that's fine".
+1 Never sniff the cork. You can see from looking at and feeling it if it's moldy. And when you taste the wine, just a small sip, enough that you can get the flavor and aromas. Sometimes, pulling in a little air across the wine in your mouth through your slightly parted lips, without a slurping noise, will enhance this sensory test. You're looking to see if it tastes "right" vs "funky." "Right" means it could taste a bit "earthy," depending on the wine, but it should never taste "moldy." There is a difference. If you do detect a "moldy" taste, ask if they have another bottle of same, or call the sommelier to discuss another choice. This is especially appropriate when you're paying some big bucks for that bottle....
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All good replys. Being a bit of a wine enthusiast.... Queen's reply was the simpliest and easiest to remember. Danno and Vega added a few important points as well. I swirl the glass around and hold it up to the light to see the color and also if you are ordering an older red to see if there is heavy sediment in the glass....if there is sediment, ask that it be decanted or poured through a piece of cheescloth (this should be done in front of you). Smell and taste the wine and tell that it's good/acceptable. I tip better when a server properly serves my wine. Also they show you the bottle to insure they brought the correct "year/vintage" as well as the correct wine. Wine is a fun hobby, that teaches you a lot about different regions of the world and can be enjoyed until you are old and gray.
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Originally Posted by cycle17
All good replys. Being a bit of a wine enthusiast.... Queen's reply was the simpliest and easiest to remember. Danno and Vega added a few important points as well. I swirl the glass around and hold it up to the light to see the color and also if you are ordering an older red to see if there is heavy sediment in the glass....if there is sediment, ask that it be decanted or poured through a piece of cheescloth (this should be done in front of you). Smell and taste the wine and tell that it's good/acceptable. I tip better when a server properly serves my wine. Also they show you the bottle to insure they brought the correct "year/vintage" as well as the correct wine. Wine is a fun hobby, that teaches you a lot about different regions of the world and can be enjoyed until you are old and gray.
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
If you like it, keep the bottle. Otherwise, tell him what'd you prefer more, maybe something drier, or sweeter, or whatever. Maybe even ask the sommelier for a consultation.
I don't like wine, but I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to do this. You are tasting it to ensure it is not rotten/stored improperly/whatever the right terminology is for this sort of thing.

If you select a bottle that was stored properly and is not rotten, it is your fault that you picked a wine that you don't like the taste of, and the restaurant is not obliged to give you something different without you paying for the bottle that you opened already.
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I've always wondered what they do with the bottle if you send it away. Anyone?
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It becomes the house wine - or the beginnings of an after-hours party for the bus boys.
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throw the cork at the waiter and demand a bottle of their finest Mad Dog or Night Train
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Originally Posted by CrosseyedCrickt
throw the cork at the waiter and demand a bottle of their finest Mad Dog or Night Train
or Thunderbird? Is that still made?
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
or Thunderbird? Is that still made?
Of course it is. All of my vast wine experience is based around Thunderbird. I could never figure all the hoity-toity folks who spend big bucks on wine and wine cellars when all ya gotta do is run up to jiffy mart and spend two bits when you are in the mood to be elegant.
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Originally Posted by efrobert
I ordered a bottle of wine at dinner the other night night. The waiter brings me the bottle and holds it across his arm, showing me it. I'm like "Yup that's a wine bottle all right". Then he hands me the cork. I was tempted to bite off a piece and start chewing it, but I didn't. Then he pours a little in the glass and sets it down. Now this is where I'm supposed to do something sophisticated like hold it up, swirl it, sniff it... I just dipped my finger in some water and made the wine glass sing, and said "it sounds fine".
Now I took a wine tasting class on a cruise once, but I don't really remember much of it, actually the whole cruise is kind of a blur.
So what are you supposed to look for when the waiter brings the wine?
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Originally Posted by chipcom
Of course it is. All of my vast wine experience is based around Thunderbird. I could never figure all the hoity-toity folks who spend big bucks on wine and wine cellars when all ya gotta do is run up to jiffy mart and spend two bits when you are in the mood to be elegant.
Al I know is I spent a miserable day kowtowing to the Porcelain Altar after a bottle of T-Bird!
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