A Basic Dude’s Guide to Ordering Wine

by Peter Minkoff August 31, 2017

A Basic Dude’s Guide to Ordering Wine

Drinking a glass of wine is an amazing way to feel better in a matter of seconds, especially if the waiter is able to recommend something that goes well with your dinner and enhances the flavour of the food. However, being in a position to do all of that on your own is even more amazing because you don’t have to depend on anyone nor wait for a sommelier to give you a proper recommendation that might ultimately turn out to be something out of your comfort zone. Learning a thing or two about wines will not only help you be a better man, but also make you look like more cultured in front of your partner, friends and family. So, what are some of the most crucial things you need to know about wines and how can you learn how to order the right one in every occasion?

Appreciating wine

Let’s face it – wine isn’t everyone’s drink of choices, especially when it comes to young men unaware of its awesomeness. They prefer sticking to simple choices like beers, whiskey and vodka, so ordering a glass of wine instead of three pints of Guinness isn’t something they would do on a night out. Yet, if your main goal isn’t to get completely wasted in a matter of minutes, a great wine is the best choice you can make. You need to appreciate its values first and understand that wine makes you seem classier, more successful and romantic, and that’s something every dude wants.

Distinguishing wines

Now that you’ve learned to value the elegance that comes with wine, you need to know one more thing before ordering it – not all wines are the same! You probably already know that there are red and white wines, but do you know anything other than that? If not, here’s a quick how-to that can save you from embarrassment next time you try to order a glass of this fine drink.


Since there are more different sorts than you can imagine, you only need to remember six, three whites and three reds. Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are the most popular white wines – full, light and medium body, respectively – while Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot are their friends produced from red grapes in full, light and medium body. And that’s all! Try all of these and pick your favourite, but be sure to remember the names of the others, just in case. In the end, having a surprise up your sleeve is a great idea that will have a positive effect on your company, and something like a delicious preservative free wine might just be the tasty and healthy idea you’re looking for.

Ordering wine

Once you know what you’re about to order, the only thing left to learn is how to do it properly. Ordering wine starts by contacting a sommelier whose job is to know what sorts the restaurant offers at the moment and to recommend what goes well with your meal. Ask them for the best-seller wines, but keep the price range in consideration as well, especially in pricey establishments.

Also, learn your way around the wine list and pay attention to some of the things written on it – the producer, the vintage, the country or region of origin, as well as the food a certain wine complements – because these are the information that will make you distinguish between different sorts and allow you to make the right choices. Keep in mind that learning the basic is important as it’s the only way to show that you’re a real gentleman who isn’t an expert, but still knows a thing or two about wines.

Serving and drinking wine

Once the bottle arrives at your table, don’t try to be smart and open it on your own – let the restaurant staff do their job. It’s a safer and much more reliable road to take unless you want to spill precious wine all over your table and clothes. Tasting the sample first is a good way to make sure you’re satisfied with your choice and approve the bottle. Now, all that’s left to do is drink the wine you’ve opted for and enjoy your evening!

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