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3 Beginner-Friendly Tips for Discussing Wine February 28, 2020

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3 Beginner-Friendly Tips for Discussing Wine  , St. Petersburg, Florida

Wine enthusiasts seem to have a secret language. From grapes to growing regions, they have the lingo down and are always prepared for their drink order when the wait staff appears. Yet, even if you only have a basic knowledge of vino, you, too, can sound like a pro next time you’re at a restaurant. Here are some tips to come across as a seasoned wine connoisseur next time you’re grabbing a drink with friends.

3 Tips for Talking About Wine

1. Learn the Basic Characteristics

If you’re brand-new to wine drinking, keep some basic facts in mind so you can order a glass you’ll enjoy while dining out. Most reds are considered savory and less fruit-forward, but there are also fruity varieties available, including some varieties of pinot noir. White wines, on the other hand, tend to be more refreshing. They’re typically enjoyed before food or with lighter dishes, such as poultry, fish, or vegetables. Crisp, light whites include Pinot Grigio and Chablis, while richer varieties include chardonnay.

2. Differentiate Between Grapes & Regions

restaurantOne important concept all oenophiles should know is the difference between types of grapes and regions. This can get a little tricky; for instance, while Bordeaux is a growing region in France, it also refers to a string of grapes grown there, including the popular merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Similarly, Chablis is another popular French growing region, where the famed chardonnay is produced.

3. Ask Questions & Listen 

Like any beginner, anyone new to the wine world can learn best from taking notes. Ask the restaurant staff to recommend a beverage based on your flavor preferences, get your fellow diners’ opinions on the wines they order, and listen closely. You’ll pick up more info for future conversations by keeping an open mind. Plus, you’re less likely to come across as poorly informed if you do more listening than talking.


Whether you’ve just recently gotten into wine or you’re a seasoned expert, Crafty Squirrel in St. Petersburg, FL, is your source for quality vino. With an extensive list of wine as well as signature cocktails, pitchers, and shots, this pub-style eatery has 16 big-screen TVs so you can watch the game while you sit back and sip. Their restaurant menu features delicious appetizers, pizzas, and dishes to complement your drinks. View some of their options online or call (727) 898-4888 to speak with a team member.