Wine Tips & Tricks

Basic Wine Etiquette Tips (Video)

As much as I used to hate etiquette as a teenager, I’ve become quite fascinated with it as an adult.

Can’t stop swirling…

There is a lot to learn about etiquette. Yes, it is daunting – particularly because most etiquette appears quite frivolous on the surface.

After reading two books on the subject, one of them was old (free on kindle!) and one much newer, I started to notice a theme:

Etiquette tends to be more involved in places where people operate in high proximity to others. For example, just think about how much etiquette goes into being on a subway in New York!


Essentially, etiquette is how not to look like an animal to others.


We are human, which means we are essentially animals on some level.

We pick our noses. We scratch our butts. We do gross things.

Etiquette, on the other hand, is completely constructed by the culture and society we live in. It’s the human brain’s way of trying to go beyond what is animalistic and add a touch of consideration. When practiced, it provides a great deal of respect to others (and to oneself).

Since wine is almost always served in places where proper etiquette is in order, I’d like to offer you a few wine etiquette tips to practice. I promise they’re fun!

Hold a wine glass by the stem:

There are various reasons for this, but ultimately, it doesn’t get smudge prints on the glass (proximity effect) and looks quite classy:

Drink from the same position on the rim for the same reason:

You can learn to swirl wine by drawing little circles your hand:

Then, just remove your hand and you’ll be able to do it in the air:

One last and final thing: clink your wine glasses bowl to bowl. They are stronger at the sides and when you clink, it will make a cool “ding!”


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See the complete illustrated list of wine etiquette to master.

Essential List of Wine Etiquette To Master

About Madeline Puckette

I'm a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly