We have covered tips in previous articles for surviving a wine tasting festival. The kind where if you aren’t careful the best case scenario is remembering “yes, that was one of the 100 wines I tasted that night” and the worst case scenario is not remembering at all.
We sat in on a “quick tip” session with two rather amusing sommeliers. We didn’t know sommeliers were that funny sober. Thanks to New York “sommes” Rajeev Vaidya from Daniel and Thomas Pastuszac from the Nomad Hotel for these fun tips.
1. The Sexy Bottleneck
Take a sober walk through. Notice tables with attractive, confident attendants and sexy labels. Go there first because they will bottleneck.
2. The Popular Taster
Engage the winemaker by asking what, where, and how questions about the wine. Be respectful of his/her need to interact with the other 599 tasters. Popular tasters get bigger pours. 😉
3. The Clean Taster
Don’t block the spit/dump bucket. Just don’t. Raj admitted he practices spitting in the shower. Not everyone is as well trained.
4. The Internal Spit
When something is just too delicious to spit out it is okay to spit “in.”
5. The Sulfites BS
For those who think you have a hangover from too much sulfites in a wine – well you just drank too much. Unless of course you also get a hangover from dried fruit which contains more sulphur compounds than any wine.
I think Raj and Thomas could bottleneck a table, don’t you?
Here are some of the tips we have shared before:
Photos of Rajeev and Thomas belong to daniel.com and bloomberg.com