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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wine etiquette

As summer approaches, here's a savvy party tip that a reader once shared...

"Never ask a guest if she'd like more wine, even if it's her fifth glass. It's better to say 'Would you like some wine,' as if you're filling her glass for the very first time."

Good tip, right? Also, this is interesting: Why they don't drink wine on Mad Men.
P.S. More etiquette tips, including how to eat dinner and how to introduce someone.

(Comic by Christopher Weyant for the New Yorker)

31 comments:

Lora said...

I just love how frequently you use Seinfeld references :)

Erin said...

I definitely agree, although I had never actually thought about it before. I went on a wine tour in the Finger Lakes yesterday so now have a bunch of wine to share with friends so I guess I'll have plenty of time to practice that bit of etiquette out in the next few weeks!

Beccy said...

I love this tip - it is a subtle difference, but makes a world of difference. Thanks for sharing!

Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

summery.org said...

Great tip! I'm sure to take notice now of who around me has this trick up their sleeve:)
Merci.
xx, Sheila
www.summery.org

Sarah said...

Joanna, did you visit any wineries when you were in Sonoma the week before last?

stateandoccupation.com said...

Haha I'm with Lora! I loooove the Seinfeld references!
xo!
Dakota
www.stateandoccupation.com

sumslay said...

People ask?! I just pour away! ;) hahahaha

And that's REALLY interesting about Mad Men! Who knew?

nina | itsazooatthezoo.blogspot.com said...

Excellent advice! I've always felt a little uncomfortable when I offer someone "more wine". This is a great way to rethink it. Thanks!

Katie D. said...

Are these posts being written by the new girl? They seem quite short, missing the details.

Yuko Jones said...

That's a great tip! Speaking of serving wine, I wonder if it's rude to only serve white wine to your guests because you're afraid of spills?

LeeLee said...

Great tip!

Christine S. said...

DO NOT LET THE NECK OF THE WINE BOTTLE TOUCH THE RIM OF THE GLASS AS YOU POUR!!! This grosses me out.. just think how many people have put their grimy hands on that neck and then you want to touch it right to the part of the glass where your going to put your mouth? No! No! No!

madeline said...

Ah yes! This is a tip that I used to my benefit for years as a server :)

meg-made said...

I like it! We've moved away from asking if you want more to.. "would you like your drink freshened up?" Even though it implies you're having another, it somehow feels less guilty and more sociable! xx

Gina said...

I liked reading why they don't drink wine in Mad Men cause is a thing I've wondered about!! Interesting! Thanks!

Ana Simões said...

Ha!
When I started drinking wine, my father taught me never to ask for "another bottle" at the restaurant when eating out; just say "One (name of the wine), please."

It makes a huge difference.

Maria said...

Had no idea about wine in the 60s. I loved the Mad Men article. So interesting!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Maria said...

Had no idea about wine in the 60s. I loved the Mad Men article. So interesting!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Michele said...

Did you know that in France, a woman is not supposed to serve the wine? The host or the other men at the table are supposed to serve. Of course, women will serve themselves and others, but will often crack a joke about how useless the men at the table are or how radical she is.

Sofia Donatelli said...

Love that comic... hysterical.
I miss that show. Love to see the reruns.

XO,
Sofia

stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

Alexis Kletjian said...

Thank for you sharing, love the tip!
www.alexiskletjian.com

Lauren E. said...

So fascinating about Mad Men! I never even thought about that.

K U Z E H said...

American's did not really drink wine until the 70's

Kate said...

My mother has said this forever! She also dislikes when a waiter asks her if she would like "another glass of wine." She says that she is the only person who should be monitoring her intake (and only if she wants to). :)

fromlilongwewithlove said...

I like the British way of asking if you'd like a "top up" which I find less judgmental :)

Trina said...

Isn't that scotch that Jerry's knocking back? ("Hennigan's. No smell, no tell, SCOTCH." –Kramer)

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Cammie said...

My mom is a caterer and taught me this trick from an early age. It makes such a difference! And I'm always surprised that it seems NO restaurant servers seem to have been taught this.

Natalie - The Senses Five said...

That's a great tip! Also, I always found it interesting how rarely they drank on Seinfeld.

Lily L-M said...

That is a classic tip that my grandmother would approve of! She also taught me to always say "Nice to see you" instead of "Nice to meet you" -- just in case you've met before!

x Lily
http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

Sammi Egan said...

Holy cow, I clicked the etiquette tab and realised it was back in 2011 that you posted that wine etiquette thing!
I can't believe I've been reading here that long, your blog is definitely one of my favourites :)

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