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Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

swallowing vs. spitting

By the time you complete the tasting in Module 3, you will have taken about two dozen sips of wine. Even taking the tiniest of sips, you may consume too much wine to maintain a clear head.

There are a number of ways to mitigate the effects of alcohol; eating food is one example.

But, during a wine tasting, it's best to avoid foods that would interfere with the wines' flavors. We recommend that you use a spit cup. An opaque plastic or paper cup works just fine or, if you happen to have one, use a spittoon.


Some pointers on the fine art of spitting:

  • It is always socially correct to spit at wine tastings.
  • Use an opaque glass or...

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