Friday, July 20, 2012

How-To: Avoid Getting Drunk in a Wine Tasting

Whether it's in a class or on a wine trail, if you are doing series of tastings, it's easy to end up drinking quite a bit of wine. There are tips and tricks out there on how to avoid getting drunk, or at least appearing like you are not, but the only sure fire way is to not actually drink.  So, at a wine tasting, that means you need to spit. While it might be a bit distasteful, on many levels, it is vital if you want to actually try a large number of wines at the same time, and still walk out of the tasting room.

  • Find a deep, opaque bucket (often provided): You need this to avoid splash-back.
    • Opaque because you don't want people to see what you've spit!
  • Swirl, Sniff, Taste: the ritual of how we sample wine.
  • Spit: Pick up your bucket securely, and spit...unless it's an amazing wine.

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