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When tasting/chewing wine, should this be a subtle action?

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When tasting/chewing wine, should this be a subtle action?

c oliver | Jul 17, 2009 02:06 PM

Please excuse me if I don't/can't describe this correctly. A couple of nights ago we were with some people and one of the men was the *official taster* for the wine we ordered. I understand that when tasting, one should move the wine around in one's mouth, maybe even drawing some air in (that's beyond my gracefulness quotient). This guy though was making noise and contorting his face while doing it. Do you know what I mean? Kinda squishy/squirty noises and sucking his cheeks in and out. I've occaionally seen people do this and feel that it's more pretension than necessity. But I'm not a connoiseur at all. It also looks weird and sounds weirder. I think this can be done without making noise and without the facial contortions. Also I dine with plenty of people who really do know about wine and I don't seem to be aware of this. Am I being too hard on the guy?

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