In the current issue of GQ you’ll find Alan Richman’s 14 Tips for Ordering Wine in a Restaurant.
“I don’t care if the restaurant is pouring Chateau Latour into Minnie Mouse mugs, don’t walk into a restaurant carrying your own wine glasses. It’s more pretentious than wearing a monocle and spats.”
“Here’s what you do with a cork when it’s presented to you: Nothing. No sniffing, please.”
“Don’t be a big shot. Nobody can get everything right when it comes to detecting problems in wine. Can you identify sulphur, volative acidity, brettanomyces, and/or T.C.A.? That’s why sommeliers exist. If you hate the wine you’ve ordered and can’t articulate why, don’t be afraid to ask for help.”