HOW TO CHOOSE WINE LIKE A SOMMELIER WITH KATHERINE COLE, AUTHOR OF HOW TO FAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH A WINE LIST
Turns out the secret to sounding like you're an expert is to fake confidence. A few insider tricks come in handy, too. When shopping for foreign wine, check the back label for the importer's imprint, ” says Cole. The importer is essentially a curator, akin to your favourite station on Spotify.
When you're at a wine bar, ask to see the bottle if you enjoy what you're drinking.
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Over time, you'll see the same importer's name again and again. Now you've found your groove, you'll find it easier to select wine in the future. ”
Show off at a fancy restaurant by ordering the most offbeat wine on the list.
Try a Blanquette de Limoux instead of champagne, or that red from the Republic of Macedonia instead of a Bordeaux, ” says Cole. You'll give the sommelier something interesting to talk about, impress your dining companions with your bravura and save money because you're not paying for the most well-recognised label.