Wine Tasting Etiquette – The Dos and Don’ts

June 4, 2018

There’s more nuance to wine tasting than people give it credit for. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about ‘eating cheese and getting drunk out of your mind’. Wine tasting is a unique art form that has its own unspoken (yet strictly enforced) rules and regulations.

Most wine enthusiasts don’t know the first thing about these rules and end up having an uninspired wine tasting experience.

To ensure that the same never happens to you, we’ve compiled a list of the dos and don’ts of wine tasting.


DO: Have a Healthy Breakfast

They say preparation is half the battle won. The same holds true for wine tasting.  

A big part of getting ready for a wine tasting trip is having a big breakfast. Not only will doing so keep you nourished for the day, it will also help you avoid the lightheadedness one gets when drinking on an empty stomach.

DON’T: Forget to Take Notes

Think of it this way; if you don’t document how your experiences, you won’t remember which samples you enjoyed most.

This defeats the entire purpose of going on a wine tasting tour (which is to improve your palette) so, it’s better to make concise notes on every wine you sample!

DO: Buy Wine

This one’s a no brainer; if you really enjoy a sample, buy a bottle. Buying from the brewery has two major advantages;

  1. You’re directly supporting the people who made the wine.

  2. You have a fresh bottle to share with your family and friends when you get home.