5 tips for ordering the perfect glass of wine

December 29, 2014

Here are 5 tips for ordering the perfect glass of wine at a restaurant that will help you make a good choice and also look like a seasoned expert!

5 tips for ordering the perfect glass of wine

A nice glass of wine can be the perfect accompaniment to a meal. If you're out for dinner, whether it's on a date or with work colleagues, you want to order a glass of wine with ease.

1. Choose a type that you like

Dining at a new restaurant with others isn't the time to try a totally new type of wine.

  • It's a good idea to go with a wine that you know that you will like.
  • If you haven't heard of any of their wines, feel free to try something new, but only as a last resort.

2. Always taste it first

When the waiter comes around to pour you a glass, ask if you can taste it first. They will pour a small amount in your glass for you.

  • Swirl the wine gently to release the aromas and see what you think of the smell.
  • After sniffing it, take a small taste and let it linger in your mouth for a moment before swallowing.
  • If you like it, let the waiter know so they can pour you a full glass. If you don't like it, don't hesitate to request a different kind.

3. Don't order the most expensive glass

Restaurants will typically have five to 10 wines they serve by the glass in red, white and bubbly varieties. Just because a wine is more expensive doesn't mean that it will be a better quality.

  • Ordering a medium-priced wine will often get you just as good a glass as the most expensive ones on the menu and it will save you a little money.

4. Ask questions

You don't have to pretend like you know all the answers.

  • If there are wines on the menu that you've never heard of, don't be afraid to ask about them.
  • Many restaurants have sommeliers on hand to assist you with your decision so you don't have to pretend to be an expert.

5. Consider buying a bottle

If other people at your table are also drinking wine, consider ordering a bottle or a half-bottle of wine.

  • These are usually a better value and you will likely have more choices.
  • Remember to taste the wine after the waiter has opened the bottle and to request a decanter if the wine is on the young side.


With these tips and a little experience, you'll be ordering wine by the glass like an expert in no time.

  • Remember that it's more important to get one you like, rather than to order one because it's expensive or sounds good.


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