Vancouver Sun wine expert Anthony Gismondi offers some pro tips so you don’t look like an amateur.
• Can’t decide what to wear inside the tasting room? Fear not — just about everything under the sun goes, which makes people watching as much a part of the evening as tasting. There is lots of wine being swished about so if you plan on heading out to eat after the tasting, dark colours could be a smart choice.
• Don’t forget a pen or pencil to make notes — and wear comfortable shoes.
• Do feel free to use the spit buckets located at either end of the tasting booth, it’s a sure sign you are a pro and the only way you can make through the evening.
• Don’t stand within splash range of the spit buckets, it’s a sure sign you are an amateur.
• Do take your recharged glass back to the centre of the aisle and let the people lined up behind get through to the front of the booth.
• Don’t wear any perfume or aftershave lotion into the tasting room. It’s tough enough to distinguish the various nuances of each wine without an extra layer of perfume wafting about.
• Do take advantage of the on-site liquor store and have your purchases shipped free to your neighbourhood liquor store for pick up the following week.
• Don’t even think about driving home. Take advantage of the Free Ride Home program available on-site.
• For last-minute tickets to the festival, call Ticketmaster at 604 280-3311 or visit the on-site box office at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre West. If you need any more help, I’ll see you inside the tasting room.
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