- Serve fresh wines before old wines.
- Never put wine in the freezer. The abrupt change of temperature will destroy the wine.
- Never put ice cubes in a wine, regardless of how warm it is. It will dilute the liquid, thus ruining the mixture.
- Pay careful attention to serving temperatures; 8-10 o C for white, sparkling, rose, and sweet wines, 16-18oC for reds. Specifically 16-18oC, not the temperature of a hot August day, is what is meant by the expression "room temperature." This means that in the summer we put all our wines in the fridge, including the reds.
- Serve each wine in its ideal glass. Know the difference between a red wine glass and a white wine glass (ie. red wine glasses are wider and rounder). They are designed to most effectively bring out the aromas of each variety.
- Do not leave the wine in the refrigerator for too long. Know that it will quickly acquire the unpleasant smell of long refrigeration.
- Always keep the bottle in a champagne bucket on the table. Wine becomes warm very quickly.
- Be sure to never hide the label from view when serving wine.
- When pouring, never exceed a level of 2/3 of the glass, even at the risk of being called stingy.
- Before you serve the wine, be sure to smell the cork, preferably discreetly, in order to detect possible odors from bad preservation.
- Know your wines well. Try them out and explore the different flavors. Ask producers to provide you with the rare and authentic wines of successful years.
- Never, at any cost, put water in your wine.
The 12 Wine Commandments
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