Wine etiquette is always a topic of interest. Whether you are serving wine to guests in your home or just having a glass with your dinner, a little knowledge goes a long way.

Fill the wine glass only halfway.

If the wine you are serving is not rare, pour the wine into a crystal decanter and place on the table.

Most red wines should be served at “cellar temperature” (slightly cooler than room temperature.)

White wine should be chilled in the refrigerator for at least two hours before the meal. 

Red wine is served in a round-bowled stemmed glass.

White wine is served in a tulip shaped glass that is narrower at the rim than the red wineglass.

Many people want to know the type of wine to have when eating certain foods. Traditionally red wines are served with red meat, poultry, lamb, game, pasta and cheese. Chicken, turkey and other poultry are complemented by either red or white wines. 

If you are serving wine or giving it as a gift, try to get some info about the wine ahead of time. It could be the region it came from, the year or the flavor.

Today, drinking wine is not necessarily about what goes best with the meal you are having, but simply about what you like the best.

If you have ever dined in a fine restaurant, you know it comes with advantages.  Impeccable service and gourmet multi-course meals usually come to mind.Opening wine Some upscale restaurants also offer the service of a sommelier, and it’s a service well worth taking advantage of. Every good meal deserves an excellent wine to go with it.  Sommeliers are available to make wine recommendations and help you choose the perfect one.  If you ordered a steak, and your dinner partner ordered salmon, ask your sommelier to suggest a wine that will compliment both dishes.  Or if you are particularly partial to Pinot Grigio, you have an instant resource for finding an obscure label that will impress everyone at your table. When making your request to a sommelier, be sure and discuss:

As with all wait staff members who serve you during your meal, you should tip the sommelier separately.  A cash tip of 10% or more, given directly to him, is appropriate. Have you ever dined with the assistance of a sommelier?  What was your experience?  Tell us about it here.

Here are some tips on the service of wine.

Fill the wine glass only halfway.

If the wine you are serving is not rare, pour the wine into a crystal decanter and place on the table.

Most red wines should be served at “cellar temperature” (slightly cooler than room temperature.)

White wine should be chilled in the refrigerator for at least two hours before the meal. 

Red wine is served in a round-bowled stemmed glass.

White wine is served in a tulip shaped glass that is narrower at the rim than the red wineglass.

Many people want to know the type of wine to have when eating certain foods. Traditionally red wines are served with red meat, poultry, lamb, game, pasta and cheese. Chicken, turkey and other poultry are complemented by either red or white wines. 

Today, drinking wine is not necessarily about what goes best with the meal you are having, but simply about what you like the best.