To serve wines, chill red wines between 53 to 69 °F, served in a large-bowled glass, and white wines between 44 to 57 °F, served in a small-bowled glass. When you're ready to pour, cut the foil off of the lip of bottle, and uncork the wine with a corkscrew.
Serve red wines slightly cooler than room temperature, between 62–68 degrees F (15–20 °C). Generally speaking, serve white wines slightly warmer than fridge temperature, between 49-55 degrees F (7–12 °C).
Always pour from the guest's right side. Finish each pour with a twisting motion and wipe the lip of the bottle to avoid dripping. Place the bottle to the right of the host with the label facing outwards and ask permission to remove the cork from the table.
Types of wine
Vintage - when you see a vintage year listed on the label, that’s the year the grapes were picked and made into wine.
Non-Vintage (NV) wine - a blend of several vintages together; and in the case of Champagne, it will be labelled with “NV” which stands for “Non-Vintage.”
Single-Varietal wine - Made primarily with one type of grape. It’s common to see these wines labelled by the name of that grape variety.
Generally sparkling wines are fresher, crispier, and lighter in body than still wines, thus they are served first. Yes it is the food, the food comes first. No wait, when you go to a restaurant for dinner, the first thing the server does is take a drink order. That's correct, the drinks or wine comes first.
Pour approximately 30ml of wine into the host's glass, await approval. If they approve, then serve the wine clockwise around the table, ladies first and finishing with the host, pouring even amounts into each glass.
When serving the wine to guests at the table, elderly ladies must be served first, followed by young ladies. Then come the elderly gentlemen, followed by the young gentlemen, and finally the host. “This is a very basic etiquette that should never be broken,”
Presenting and Pouring
White, Rosé and Sparkling Wine: Whites need a chill to lift delicate aromas and acidity. However, when they're too cold, flavors become muted. Like reds, fuller-bodied wines like Chardonnay from Burgundy and California shine between 50°F and 60°F. Dessert wines like Sauternes fall into the same range.
If you're one of them, then this one's for you! If you drink red wine after your dinner, then you're actually doing your health a favour. Yes, it's true! While many people assume that drinking alcohol before bedtime is bad for health and can result in weight gain, a research suggests the opposite.