How to Talk About Wine


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How to Talk About Wine

nanette | Feb 18, 2010 12:21 AM

I recently dined at a herdled London restaurant was treated rather rudely by the head waiter/sommelier when asked what kind of wine I liked. I said I like dry reds and wasn't keen on anything sweet, but was quickly admonished and lectured that only white wines can be described as dry and sweet and treated like an idiot. I also wasn't interested in buy a £45 bottle of wine when the list was filled with £30 bottles.

Now, I'm not a connoisseur, but I know what I like and what I don't, and I have cooked enough to have read "dry red wine" in many recipes. Was I in the wrong to describe a red as dry? Are there words that apply only to whites or reds? What can I say in the future to avoid the lecture with my busiate?

In the end, I was peeved to have been treated like an idiot (I'm paying to eat there, not for an education, I'll go to WSET for that, thanks) and ordered a £25 bottle of Bardolino.

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