Paying for Etiquette
Like everyone else from time to time we speak out against the high price
of wines served at a restaurant. We compare the prices on the wine
list to those we pay in the store down the street. Why is the same bottle
of wine so much more expensive in the restaurant. Ah! because your pay
for elegant service along with the pleasure and enjoyment of the presentation
of the wine. The proper method of pouring. Wine served at the perfect temperature.
A waiter who knows his wines knows how to serve them
Our friends quickly stated that dinner was on them and asked
me to select a bottle of wine. "Since you are the wine guy" our
host said. Now it is always easy to select an enjoyable wine, the question
was how much are you going to spend at someone else's expense. I quite
frankly thought the wines at this resturant were priced too high.
It was quite obvious this waitress had no idea how to serve wine, nor did the management. To me it was an expensive bottle of wine which I had been cheated out of the enjoyment of the wine tasting experience along with the necessary elegant etiquette required. There is an explicit relevance to the etiquette of wine. I did not let my disappointment ruin the rest of the meal and enjoyed the company of my wife and our friends.
The correct etiquette
After ordering, the waiter/sommelier will retrieve your selection, and then present it, label forward, to the person who selected the wine.. This is merely to verify it is the correct wine. The cork is removed and placed on the table. Unless it is clearly tainted, (the waiter/sommelier should notice if it is) do not touch or smell it, as it means nothing.
A small amount will then be poured for the host. Swirl the wine in the glass, smell, then taste. This is to make sure the wine is not spoiled and is not an opportunity to send back a sound wine that you are not crazy about. After approval, the wine will be poured clockwise to the right, ladies first. The selectors glass will be topped last.