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Preparing and cooking food for a hundred people was not something that I was prepared to do. I didn't have the supplies, kitchen space or energy to even consider doing so. As I was talking with some friends trying to get them to help, we decided to start looking into some catering options instead of doing all of the work ourselves. I had no idea that there were so many types of caterers that prepared such a wide variety of foods. That is why I created my blog to help others considering using a catering service to prepare the food for their next party.


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4 Tips To Look Like A Sommelier At Your Next Wine Tasting

by Roope Hanninen

A sommelier is a certified wine expert, but many wine drinkers like to consider themselves knowledgeable and emulate sommeliers. Someone unfamiliar with wine tastings can feel out of place. Use these four tips to help you look like a sommelier at your next wine tasting.

1. Learn the 5 S's 

Wine lovers use the following 5 S's to introduce wine tasting to newcomers:

  • See - admire the appearance of the wine in your glass and the different hues in its coloring from different angles
  • Swirl - swirl your wine for roughly 5 - 10 seconds
  • Smell - smell the wine
  • Sip - taste the wine and take note of its flavors and textures
  • Savor - take in the aftertaste and combine the wine with food 

2. Avoid Distractions

Wine tasting relies on several if not all of your senses. You want to ensure these sensations can absorb the smells, sights, sounds, tastes, and sensations of each wine to its full capacity. 

Cigarettes and cigars in particular can dull your senses and taint the aesthetics of the wine. Pleasant smells, like excessive perfume, can produce a similar reaction, so keep fragrances to a minimum. 

3. Handle Your Wine Glass Properly

Do not hold the wine glass at the bottom of the bowl. This can heat the wine in the bowl instead of keeping it at the desired temperature, and the temperature of the wine directly relates to the flavors. 

Hold your wine glass from the stem using your thumb, ring, and middle finger, leaving the other two fingers to graze the glass naturally. When you swirl the wine glass, place the glass flat on the table and swirl the glass from the bottom. 

4. Monitor Personal Alcohol Consumption

Some guests spit the wine out after sipping it. Other guests drink the wine, gradually becoming impaired. As wine tasting attracts an elegant crowd, monitor drinking while at the wine tasting. Stop drinking if you notice yourself losing impulse control. You should enjoy the experience and the wine. If you do drink, have a driver ready for you at the end of the tasting to avoid legal trouble on the way home.

Whether you love wine or barely know the difference between a chardonnay and riesling, wine tasting is a fun and educational experience. These tips can help you feel more comfortable around more knowledgeable wine lovers, but don't worry about anyone else. Simply enjoy the wine.