Was out to dinner last night and the waiter brought the wine chosen by someone else at the table. He removed the cork and immediately poured a big old glass for that person. To say the table was taken aback was an understatement.
So if you are not accustomed to serving wine, here is how it goes.
- Present bottle to guest so they can ensure you have retrieved the correct wine and vintage.
- Open the bottle by removing the cork and present the cork to the guest.
- Pour a very small amount in the bottom of the glass and allow the guest to taste the wine to be sure it is fine.
- Once the wine has been sampled and approved, pour the wine for customers at the table who are having wine. Often the best servers will serve women before me, but I also see them pour for the person who ordered before serving the rest of the table.
Now if you are the recipient of the cork, it’s just a cork, make sure it is intact and not cracking and dry. Never, ever smell it, it smells like cork and wine. When you get that small taste be sure to smell it to be sure it is good. A bad wine is evident and the most often ailment is the wine will be corked which means it smells like cork.
The wine we had last night was substandard in my opinion. Later a better bottle was selected and was much, much better. Of course we did make a point to tell him to bring new glasses.