Tast­ing eti­quette

Halliday - - Mail -

I’ve been sub­scrib­ing to your mag­a­zine for some years now and I’m com­pelled to write in about a pet hate. It re­lates to queu­ing eti­quette at wine tast­ings. When a top-end pro­ducer puts on a tast­ing, there is in­vari­ably a long queue of ex­cited punters with glasses in hand or a cho­rus line sev­eral peo­ple deep. On many oc­ca­sions I have wit­nessed peo­ple reach the front and then be­lieve it their right to stay there un­til they have sam­pled all the wines on of­fer. Mean­while, the queue gets longer, or the cho­rus line thick­ens, ex­ac­er­bated by ris­ing anx­i­ety among those wait­ing their turn. This is very bad form, and I be­lieve we have a duty to elim­i­nate this kind of be­hav­iour. There should be signs on dis­play at tast­ing events that ex­plain how queu­ing should work, and per­haps reg­u­lar ar­ti­cles in mag­a­zines such as yours to re­in­force the need for bet­ter man­ners. In my mind, this is how the eti­quette should work: 1. Once stand­ing in front of the gate­keeper of wine, of­fer your glass so the sam­ple can be re­ceived. 2. Once re­ceived, step away to al­low the next per­son in. 3. If you have a ques­tion for the in­di­vid­ual serv­ing (com­pletely rea­son­able, and an im­por­tant part of the ex­pe­ri­ence), limit your­self to one ques­tion per sam­ple, then move back. If there are six va­ri­eties on of­fer, you will have six op­por­tu­ni­ties to ask an­other ques­tion. If these sim­ple rules were fol­lowed, it would be a much more en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all. Kim Samp­son Mel­bourne, VIC

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