First the story that brings up my question:
I recently got trapped into doing a nine day cruise with a group of friends (?) on a ship. We all ate each evening at the same table and everyone but me is a drinker of alcohol.
The fellow who arranged the trip at each evening meal would order a bottle or two of wine before we ate. The wine server would bring the wine to the table, pour a small amount into a glass and hand it to the fellow.
He would then taste the wine and set the glass down. The waiter would stand there holding the bottle in a cloth napkin with the label turned toward the fellow. The fellow would nod his approval and the wine server would refill his glass and then pour wine around the table.
Later that evening, I noticed that there was no taste test/approval required for the Bud that replaced the wine. Ditto for the mixed drinks that followed the beer. Going back to the wine later that night this silly charade again took place.
Yes, it was a long 9 day cruise for me.
We have other friends who have become interested in wine also. I know they know nothing about wine (nor do I) but he goes through this same silly act with the tasting/approval thing when we join them for a meal out. At all times, as when on the ship, I found myself biting my lip to keep from laughing out loud at this silly exercise.
Now, my question:
How did this act get started and what is the purpose of someone acting like approval is required. I have never seen a 'taster' refuse a bottle yet.........pg