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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I'm planning to attend a wine tasting and music performance at Charles Smith Wines Jet City in Seattle, but I have no idea the etiquette or attire for this type of event. Got any advice?!

—Nicole, Seattle

Dear Nicole,

Sounds like fun! I checked with Charles Smith and he had this advice: “Wear whatever you are comfortable with. It’s your time and your money. Come as you are.” Solid advice.

Beyond that, I have some general advice about attending wine events. First, one of the rudest things you can do at a wine event is wear a lot of fragrance—your cologne, perfume or hairspray can get in the way of someone appreciating a wine’s aromatics, including your own! After that, I’d recommend wearing dark colors that will help hide wine spills, should they happen. I’d pick a bag or purse that will leave a hand free to hold a glass of wine, but one not so big that if you turn around you’d be in risk of knocking over or into someone else's wineglass.

Have a great time!

—Dr. Vinny

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