9. Don’t rely on samples if you want a full picture of the wine
Sampling flights is pretty trendy at the moment, but if you’re looking for a new favorite, a sip won't tell you the story of that wine. “A sample is like only viewing a snapshot of a film you love,” says Twomey. “Wine evolves as it becomes alive. Drink the first glass of wine and an hour later you go back to the and find that the wine has changed and evolved, and that's the fun of it.”
10. Don't hold your wine hostage until a fancy occasion pops up
In Italy and places like the South of France, there’s much less fanfare about drinking wine -- it’s just something that’s done every day with a meal. “In France,” says Noble, “wine was included with the meal rations for soldiers at war time, and there were certainly no white tablecloths in the trenches.” Here in the states with newly burgeoning laid-back wine bars and pubs with wine on tap, you’ll see people drinking at music festivals, cookouts, and yes, while shopping.
11. Don’t write off local wines
So what if your wine wasn’t crafted in a centuries-old French vineyard? There is a stigma about places that don’t have a well-known wine tradition. “When people see Redhook on my list, they’re wary of a vineyard on a rooftop in industrial Brooklyn rather than in the scenic reaches of Long Island or upstate,” says Marci. “Pointing out the actual source of the grapes is generally enough to get people on board.”
12. The wine might be great, but do calm down about it
These two intrepid wine lovers had very similar parting words. “Wine doesn’t have to be intellectual,” says Marci. “It’s about the joy of the juice.” And Twomey doesn’t want his guests to get hung up on the actual product, but to come unwind and talk about their lives over a glass of wine, using it as a conduit for ideas. And that's certainly something to clink about!