Decanting a bottle of wine
allows the flavors of the wine to be opened up to their fullest potential before being served. This is achieved by pouring the wine into a decanter
before serving it to your guests. This processes is especially necessary for older red wines that tend to form sediment over time. If you need to decant the bottle, open it gently, then slowly pour the wine down the side of the decanter before pouring it into the wine glass of each guests.
Microfiber Glassware Towels
are perfect for removing any water spots on the glasses.
Be sure that the label is facing the person who ordered the bottle and announce the name of the wine and production year to make sure this is the correct bottle.
have a knife built into the opener, but Foil Cutters
(Blade) are also available. Place the foil in your apron or pocket; never leave it on the table.
Insert your corkscrew
3/4 of the way into the cork, and slowly pull it out of the bottle. Be sure to discreetly examine the cork of the bottle to make sure that it is in good condition. (If it's not a new bottle of wine might need to be considered) Present this cork to the ordering guest, some might choose to inspect it themselves.
Make sure the guest who ordered the bottle is happy with the flavor by pouring 1 oz of wine into their glass and letting them taste it. (Sparkling wines should be poured slowly against the inside of a wine glass, while still wine can be poured into the center of the glass.)
Fill the other guests' glasses in a clockwise direction; always start by serving the ladies first. Glasses should be filled around 1/3 of the way full (but take into consideration how many guests are at the table and under pour if necessary to ensure everyone gets served a glass). Fill the guest who ordered the bottle last. A clean white towel can help to avoid dripping between pours.
White wine should be placed in a wine server or bucket
to keep it at the proper temperature until the bottle is finished. Red wine can be placed on the table. A wine bottle coaster is great for keeping your tables clean.
are sealable and perfect for letting your guests take home any unfinished wine bottles. Check with your local laws regarding traveling with wine take-home bags. They help increase sales of entire bottles over single glasses.