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Ordering Wine in a Restaurant      
  drinking fun · a guide to wine · ordering it

You have reservations at the poshest place in town. You've been spending all your free time reading up at and now it's time to use your knowledge. Don't panic! You'll look like a pro if you follow our three easy steps to ordering wine.

Be prepared
Be prepared before your waiter comes to the table. Have an idea of how much you want to spend on the bottle so you can narrow down your choices. Next, decide whether you want a red or white wine. The old rule of thumb was red meats get red wine and white meats and fish get white wine, but this can be disregarded if you have a favorite bottle. (If you're old school or really want to impress your date, check out our list of wine and food pairings.)

Ask for suggestions.
If you don't know which bottle to choose, ask your server what he would recommend. Most waitstaff have a good appreciation of the wines and will be able to suggest an appropriate bottle. Stick to familiar brands and varieties to ensure a good bottle. Most restaurants also offer wines by the glass; a good choice to if you don't think you can finish a bottle, or if you're unsure about the taste. (a bottle contains approximately 4-5 glasses)

Don't be fazed by rituals.
Servers have specific protocol for presenting wines-don't let it intimidate you. After you make your choice, your server will bring the bottle to the table and show you the label to satisfy you it's the wine you ordered. Then, he/she will uncork the bottle, presentthe cork to you and pour you a small taste, waiting for your approval before pouring for everyone else at the table. If the wine's okay, nod and the waiter will pour for everyone else. If you think something's wrong with the wine, tell your server right away, and ask for another bottle. They shouldn't argue with you, unless you have no idea what you are talking about. (But we're here to help you so that doesn't happen)

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