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. 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.