As various beverages have adopted "craft" or "artisan" as their defining prefix, each has cultivated an aura of pomp and a set of boxes to tick to determine whether you're "doing it" right or wrong.
With craft beer has come beer snobs, proper glassware, and beer cellaring. With craft cocktails have come vested bartenders with sleeve tattoos that peer at you over dramatic moustaches, scrutinizing whether you know the difference between Amaro Nonino and Amaro Ciociaro. Even coffee (and tea for that matter) has developed its own cult of execution and drive for propriety.
But, good old wine is the granddaddy of them all. Can any of us remember a time when the proper drinking and appreciation of fine wine was not surrounded by a shroud of symbolism, with a certain ability to make people terrified that they’re doing something wrong?
We’re all becoming more casual and less concerned with arcane rules handed out by the academy of wine, but still, no one wants to be the person who pronounces the “t” in Merlot or puts ice cubes in our wine (or do we?).
There are few rules that all the wine experts agree on as dictating incontrovertible faux pas or must-do’s, but there are some that are more widely acknowledged than others. And, at the risk of sounding negative, most of them are no-no’s. This is etiquette after all; you must expect good posture and admonishment, not gold stars for everyone.
And lastly, don’t worry about wine etiquette so much that you can’t enjoy your wine! I couldn’t help it. Gold stars for everyone!
What's the most embarrassing wine faux pas you've made? Divulge in the comments, s'il vous plaît.