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Ordering Wine at a Restaurant - 7 Great Tips

Eileen Childs

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If you've ever found yourself at a restaurant with a date or even a client or your boss, and you have to order from a wine list, then you will find these wine ordering tips helpful.

1. Learn a little bit about wine ahead of time. Take a wine tasting 101 class. If you are fortunate enough to live in areas where there are local vineyards, or wine festivals, then go tasting there. It's amazing how much you can learn from the wine vendors and wine pourers.

2. Always order a bottle, if there are two people or more. It is much more reasonable than buying by the glass.

3. Ask your server to make a suggestion. If you like cabernets, ask if they might suggest one that is popular or one that they like.

4. Ask the person you are dining with what kind of wine they enjoy. This is always better than ordering a merlot, when they prefer chardonnay.

5. Don't buy the most expensive wine on the menu. These wines are often over priced. I remember buying a bottle of Chilean wine from a restaurant once and then seeing the same bottle at my local grocery store for half the price I paid in the restaurant.

6. Try tasting at home first, so you can learn what you like. Again, it is much cheaper than buying
wine in restaurants.

7. Although you can learn which food goes with which meals, wine really comes down to a matter of preference. So, don't feel like you have to stick to any hard fast rules.

These tips should help you feel much more confident the next time you find yourself in one of those siituations, where you need to order wine in a restaurant.

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