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How to Pour a Bottle Of Wine

Learning to properly pour a bottle of wine can help you impress your dinner guests, or, more likely, land a restaurant job waiting tables. Either way, it never hurts to have exquisite manners.


  • Step 1: Wipe mouth Use a clean cloth napkin to wipe the mouth of the opened bottle, cleaning it of any cork dust or debris.
  • Step 2: Display bottle Cradle the bottle in one hand, and display the label to your fellow drinkers so they can see the maker, type, and year. If you are a waiter, display the bottle and label directly to the person who ordered it.
  • TIP: If you're pouring a white wine, wrap the bottle in a cloth napkin to prevent the warmth of your hand from damping its chill.
  • Step 3: Pour Bring the mouth of the bottle just above the rim of the glass, and pour.
  • TIP: If you are a waiter, pour a small "tasting" amount for the person who ordered the wine and wait for their approval.
  • Step 4: Don't overfill Only fill the glass about a third of the way up.
  • TIP: Pouring only a third of a glass allows red wine to aerate and helps bring its bouquet to fruition.
  • Step 5: Twist & wipe As you finish your pour, twist the bottle as you lift it away from the glass to prevent dripping and wipe the top of the bottle with the clean cloth napkin.
  • Step 6: Place whites in bucket Place unfinished white wine bottles in a wine bucket with ice to keep them cool. If you are a waiter, be sure to ask if the guests would prefer the bottle of white on the table.
  • FACT: Ancient wine was originally fermented, transported and stored all in the same vessel -- a clay pot called an amphora.

You Will Need

  • An opened bottle of wine
  • A clean cloth napkin
  • A wine glass
  • Another clean cloth napkin
  • A wine bucket
  • Some ice

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