Do you ever go out to eat at a nice restaurant and really feel like you want some nice wine? One problem, you have no idea how to choose from their extensive menu. You want to look like you know what you’re talking about, but you also don’t want to order something that won’t be your taste. That’s why we have put together this list of how to order wine at a restaurant, and looking like a lady boss while doing so.
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How to Order Wine Like a Lady Boss
- Check out the wording in your meal description: If you are ordering a meal that says “creamy, rich, saucy”, you will probably want to go with a white wine. More creamy dishes always pair well and bring out the buttery notes in a Chardonnay, or the sweetness in a Pinot Grigio. If you’re ordering something that says something like, “blackened, charred, wood grilled”, you will probably want to go with a red because the smokey flavors always bring out the berry notes and the tannins in a red wine. This even works when trying to pair wine and pizza!
- Go outside of your comfort zone: I will be the first to admit that I always go for a red wine, normally a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Red Blend. More recently, I have tried to go outside of my normal ordering and have found some really wonderful red wines. A strong, peppery Malbec, that I would not have normally tried was delicious. Speaking of red wine, check out these White Wipes, the must-have items for red wine lovers! White Wipes remove the stains that red wine can leave behind. Boss ladies do not have gray, wine stained teeth;)
- Ask your server questions: This one is kind of obvious, but I am surprised at how many people do not actually want to do this. Servers are supposed to have ideas of what wine would pair well with the dishes they serve. Tell them the flavors you like, the wines you normally go for, and even mention a price range. Even if you are the only women in a table full of men, don’t be afraid to ask! In all honesty, those guys you’re with are probably listening in and trying to learn a thing or two.
- Check out the wines that are unique to your area: If you are at a local restaurant, try wines from one of your local vineyards. These are always the best to have in the area where the vineyard is located and rarely disappoint. If you’re out-of-town, this is also a great way to get a taste for the wines of that region.
- Order by the glass: Now, I’m not saying that you won’t have a bottle… or two. Ordering by the glass will give you a chance to try many different wines, instead of pegging you down to a bottle that you may or may not thoroughly enjoy. Plus, if you are stuck choosing between a handful on the menu, this will let you try them all and if you are a boss lady, you’re going to need more than one glass;)
What other tips would you add for how to order wine like a pro? What wine is your go-to when ordering at a restaurant? Give us some ideas in the comments!