Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wine, wine, wine!

         I love these quirky illustrations done by Gemma Correll for A Cup of Jo, and I love wine! And it just doesn't get much better than illustrated wine etiquette tips!  Here are 8 great tips to arm yourselves with before heading to that fabulous New Year's eve party!
1. Fill red wine glasses 1/3 full, white wine 1/2 full, sparkling wine 3/4 full.

2. Twist the bottle at the end of pouring a glass of wine, to prevent drips (and to give it a flourish!).

3. Cheers! When clinking glasses, make eye contact with the other person. Otherwise, according to French superstition, you'll risk seven years of bad luck (read: bad sex). You also should clink glasses individually with each person at the table without crossing anyone's arms.

4. If somebody is toasting you (your wedding, your birthday, your general awesomeness), don't take a sip. Just smile and look humble.

5. Always hold your wine glass by the stem. Many people mistakenly think you only need to hold white wine by the stem (so you don't warm up the wine), but experts say you should hold red wine by the stem, too, so you can see its color and clarity, as well as to avoid smudging the glass with your fingerprints. Otherwise, wine snobs might call you a "bowl grabber"! :)
6. On the table, your wine glass goes to the right of your water glass. 

7. While taking a sip, you should politely look into your glass. (And not at another person, if you're in the middle of a conversation.)

8. The host's duty is to make sure glasses stay filled. "My eyes go to empty glasses immediately," wine expert John Thoreen says. "It's a real radar thing for me."

9. Or happily forget all the tips mentioned above, and just eat, drink, and be merry!

Ps. How to properly introduce people & the lipstick trick: how to prevent those ugly lipstick prints on glasses. I shared this trick with my mom and grandmother on Christmas eve, and they LOVE it!

(via Cup of Jo)

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