The Worst Things You Can Do To Wine

I’ve seen a lot of bad things happen to wine over the years, some committed by people I love, respect and even a few faux pas from myself.  So I’ve decided to compile them in a sort of what ‘not to do’ guide to wine.  If nothing else please for the sake of the wine, the land and the winemaker just don’t do any of the below.  Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section.

8.  Leave it in your car
Want to know the quickest way to ruin a perfectly good bottle of wine?  Leave it in your car for an hour or so.  Plus the cork will probably pop, the wine will leak and you will have a bit of a mess to clean up.

7.  Mix it with ice cubes, sprite, coca-cola or any other beverage
Don’t even get us started on this.  If you don’t like the taste of wine, order a soda instead.

6.  Mix two wines together into one
A ‘blended’ wine happens at the winery with a winemaker who is trained in what percentages of each grape should be blended together.  Mixing two separate wines together does not taste good, ever.

5.  Open a bottle and then proceed to ‘finish’ it over the next couple weeks
Once you open a bottle of wine it typically has a shelf life of 12 to 48 hours, depending on how it is stored and the quality.  That wine that you are ‘finishing’ eight days later is properly vinegar.

4.  Return an empty bottle to a restaurant/retailer and claim it was bad
If the bottle was bad, why did you finish it?

3.  Serve it in Solo cups
A solo cup is an appropriate vessel for Milwaukee’s Best, not a Napa Cabernet.

2.  Chug/funnel it
Wine is meant to be enjoyed.  But if you don’t believe me, try it – chug wine.  I dare you (it is not a pleasant experience).

1.  Drink the wine out of the spit bucket
Believe it or not this happens, often.  It’s just gross, forget wine faux pas.


Posted on April 26, 2011, in Wine and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I will admit to finishing a bottle of wine over a week or so; however, I find it hard to believe people actually drink out of the spit bucket. You can’t actually like wine if you do that; you’re most likely just attempting to get drunk.

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