Wine Testing 101: Basic Guide to Wine Tasting

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In this article, we’re going to explore more about wine, which can help you extend your knowledge on this or as a conversation starter. In the industry there are certain rules varies in different countries or region, however there are certain vital rules of tasting etiquette that you can follow. Wine tasting is classy but it can be fun and interesting at the same time.

Learning the basics of tasting will undeniably maximize the experience of drinking wine. Here’s a few fact or guidelines that you can follow, be it at a tasting event, liquor store, party or fine dining.

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1. Observe the drink around the edges when it is served. Remember to hold the glass by its stem and tilt it, to make it easier to see how the color differs from the middle to the edges.

2. Swirl the glass and sniff the wine, you can compare the fragrance this way.

3. Gently swirl the wine, this allows the surface area to be expanded, allowing the aroma to open by letting in oxygen to the wine.

4. While swirling you wine, also observe how slowly your wine flows back down to the side of the flute. Hence, you are able to observe the thickness of it. The “thicker” means it is richer, ripe and more concentrated and low in acidity which is good.

5. Hold the glass one or two inches away from you nose and breathe in. Take notice of the aroma that you smell.

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6. Take a sip and roll it in your mouth before swallowing it. This make sure that your taste buds will be fully exposed to the wine’s taste and texture.

7. Squeeze you lips (like you are going to whistle) to draw air into your mouth and breathe out through your nose. This way, you can truly detect the smell of the wine through your nose by opening the scents of the drinks to reach both your taste and smell.

8. Take a sip again, and notice the subtle differences in flavor and textures.

9. When you swallowed the sip of wine, notice the aftertaste and see how long it lasts.

10. Feel free to record your experience on the wine you’ve tasted, most tasting room offers scorecard or sheet for record purposes.

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Take note that, the four main characteristics of wine consist of its alcohol, taste, tannins and acidity. A bottle of good wine gets a unique balance of all these four characteristics. Familiarizing these considerations while tasting helps you to enjoy the bottle like a real wine connoisseur.

Top 5 Fine Dining Tips As A Sophisticated Diner!

So to put in simple, fine dining is an art. A complicated art that you can however master over the course of time. Of course there are several things that you need pay attention to. That includes every move you make, hand movement, the way you eat, even down to the “tool” (which is your cutlery since we’re talking about fine dining) and how you use it.

That said, but once you get used to it, it became more of a lifestyle and habit. During a fine dining, there are rules and regulation that you need to follow, or you’ll risk being labeled as barbaric or rude.

We sure want to avoid that don’t we? Hence, here are the 5 key fine dining tips that you should follow to be a sophisticated diner!

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No. 1 Your Tools

When it comes to fine dining; best experience click HERE, your tools such as the spoons, forks, and knives plays a very important role in fine dining. To do it right, your fork must always be on your left hand and the knife on your right. As for the spoon, it must always be on the right hand. Between every bite, the knife and fork must always be placed back on the plate. Never keep them holding in your hands. Once you’re done, cross over your fork and knife and face it down on the plate. This is also to show that you’re resting.

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Oh and yes, if you happen to drop your cutleries (don’t panic it happens all the time), let them stay on the floor, they will be replaced soon by your waiter/waitress.

 

No. 2 Your Soup

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Soup, being an essential part of the meal; many people get soup etiquette wrong. When you are enjoying you soup, the bowl should never move when you drink it. Correspondingly, dip your spoon at the center of the bowl, and slowly scoop it towards the opposite end of the bowl (like scooping out). Then, one important thing is that, the spoon shall never enter your mouth completely (that would be a very awkward scene to see). You should place your lips at the edge of the spoon and drink in slowly, never making any sound or noise while enjoying you soup.

 

No. 3 Your Wine

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Wine as we know, is also an essential part of fine dining. It places an important part in every fine dining but there is also some certain knowledge on how to match the wine to your food. To know more about wine matching click HERE.

During a toast, you should never click your glass with anyone, for that is an impolite thing to do. You should just raise you glass and join the toast. Stand up when a toast is being made, unless the toast is raised for you. Sip your wine bit by bit and sporadically, because the last thing you want to do is drink too much and become drunk during fine dining. So what is the waiter/waitresses did not refill your glass? You have to control you urge to hold up your glass to ask for more. Also, never hold the glass for the waiter/waitresses when they pour you your wine.

 

No. 4 Your Etiquette

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The dining begins only when everybody at the table is served. It is important that you never start your meal before the others. When you eat, take small bites and chew without opening your mouth. Just like when you’re drinking soup, never make any noises and sound when you have food in your mouth.

If your food have small stones, bones or anything inedible, kindly remove them using your thumb and forefinger from your mouth. Toothpick can only be used after you get up from the table, not while during the meal. However, if something is stuck deep between your teeth and you’re feeling uncomfortable with it. Just excuse yourself to the washroom and try to remove it.

 

No. 5 Your Conversations

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During fine dining, conversation should never be loud. Also, depending on who you’re with, controversial topics such as politics, religion and faith shall never be brought up. Never start a negative conversation such as criticizing others, complaining, and also never make one person the topic of your conversation.

Why so? It’s all about table manners, having negative and controversial topic may ruin one’s mood to enjoy the meal, and dining with another person meaning you need to focus your attention on that person, not on others. Best way of having a fine dining is to have light hearted stress free conversation to get the best out of your fine dining experience.

To master fine dining etiquette takes time, however once you succeed in learning how to do it; complicated etiquette become an essential part of your personality.

Bon Appétit!

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Conversation Tips during Fine Dining

As mentioned on our previous article, there are topics that can never be brought up during a fine dining session. So what topic is suitable and what is not suitable during a fine dining session? Here’s a useful list of table topic that you can refer to, till the end of the day, a pleasant conversation is the main ingredient to enhance the whole dining conversation.

Delightful Topics

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The ideal topics on the table are the ones that isn’t controversial (unless everyone there is a professional debater then feel free to go ahead), so try to have some delightful topics that keeps your dining experience pleasant. However, if you are unsure of other people’s acceptance on certain topics, try not to bring up anything that might cause someone to lose their appetite.

Conversation is a two way thing, most people enjoy sharing their stories and also hearing about yours. So don’t be a brute that doesn’t shut up. Try to spend more time listening than talking and have a pleasant back-and-forth conversation.

Food

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Well of course! You are in a restaurant, there’s menu, other people eating food, it’s basically food topic everywhere. It would be talent if you can run out of topic on food in a restaurant, if you know what I mean. It’s always good to discuss what you like about the food that you’re eating and if your partner is having the same thing, you can always comment and give in some thought on that. You can also recommend similar food from other restaurant for a different experience, impress them with your extensive knowledge of restaurant.(Psst, we can help.)

Music

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Music is generally a very safe topic at the table, you can also share your opinion on the latest hits, favorite artist, music video and etc. Besides, music are expressive, you can actually know more about a person through their taste of music. Plus point is, the conversation will be enhanced if you and your partner enjoy the same genre of music.

Fashion

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Fashion can be ranging from what you and your partner are wearing, to celebrities and high socialite’s current trend. To put it simple, fashion topic can be very wide and almost endless, from top, bottom, jewelry, hairstyle, shoes, and many more. Then again, find something nice to say instead of criticizing other’s fashion, and you might even learn some fashion tips along the conversation.


Unpleasant Topics

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One surefire way to ruin a fine dining experience is to start a negative controversial conversation. Even if you really want to start a conversation like that, the table is not the right place to do it. Negativity can actually ruin one’s appetite and that is the last thing you want to do during a meal. There is always a right place for the right thing, bar sounds like a good spot for debate, but definitely not in a fine dining restaurant.

Never sound too cocky without giving others a chance to express their opinion, 5 + 3 and 4 + 4 is also equals to 8, there’re always more than one way to do something. You don’t want to give other an impression of being arrogant; it will transform into a one sided conversation that way.

Never try to correct another person, if you think that his/her statement is incorrect, feel free to express your point of view. However, if the other person starts arguing, simply smile and change the topic.

Bragging is definitely a no-go. There is a fine thin line between being proud of your achievement and bragging, be aware of that. If you have some great idea or opinion on something, be sure to give others credit on that. Most important of all, bragging always lead to the game of one-upmanship that in the end, the only prize is a ruined dinner.

When it comes to humor, don’t be too sarcastic or make fun of others even if he/she is not around, you’ll never know if anyone there know that person or worse, they are related. In addition, if any party makes a comment that are controversial, instead of being defensive (Pro Tip: this is how debate started every single time), change the subject to avoid the conflict, and most of the time people will take the hint.

Medical Conditions

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Basically any medical conditions is forbidden at the table, especially the ones that involves body fluids (gross!); who’s going to have any more appetites with that. Of course it’s a different story if the table consist of medical professionals such as doctors and nurses that have seen it as a common thing, its best that you leave that conversation for next time. 

Age

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ESPECIALLY with women, this topic is untouchable, don’t say I never warn you. People may consider you as an insensitive person if you start this conversation. Maybe you are proud that how your appearance is too young for your age, but the person sitting on the same table might be very sensitive about this topic (ESPECIALLY WOMEN). So don’t start asking about other’s age or any topic about getting old.

Politics

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Supporter or Opposition? Left Wing or Right Wing? If the dinner is being held in honor of a political candidate or it’s for any political reason, then it’s a green light to discuss about this matter. Politics is a sensitive issues that may lead to an argument for various reason, so it’s best to leave this conversation off the dining table, if you insist of talking about it, you can always bring it to the BAR

Religion

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Religion is topic so sensitive, that people are willing to start a war because of it. Not joking, Google it up. Even when you are off dining table, it’s a must for us to respect other religion; plus, it's not even a great conversation starter. If your partner offers a prayer before the meal, be respectful and follow the lead even if you’re of a different religion. You may say your own prayer privately but you don’t have to call attention to it. Respect, easy right?


Borderline Topics

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When dining with others, it is highly recommended that you know what the others limits are. For the reason that, there are always some things that can be accepted in certain groups but not in the others. For instance, when you are dining with your best buddy for 20 years, I’m sure there is no taboo among each other anymore, but with business partner? I don’t think so. So pay attention to detail and use your judgment to define the appropriateness of the conversation topic with your partner.

Competitive Sports

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Well, it can be exciting and fun to have a favorite team and show some team spirit on the choice of your sport, but if your partner is not interested in sport or even worst, supports the opposite team, then an arguments are bound to happen.

Job Related Stuff

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Gossips, success story, idolization, bad treatment, and workplace drama; some can be entertaining, some can be depressing, it’s all depends on how you express your thoughts and feel about the topic. Plus, it's dining time, why would you still bother about work, enjoy your meal! 

Current Events

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Depending on the current events, it may be good, or bad. So the conversation flow might be driven into an uncertain way if it’s not handled properly. For instance, discussion of gruesome events or anything racial will reflects negativity during the mealtime.

Economy & Money

Money can be a sensitive issue for some people, well, even when most of the people can empathize about the price of everything, it’s never a polite thing to ask how much someone paid for something, their salary, their financial status or anything related. In short, just don’t touch on anything that is personal, it may be offensive for some people. 

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Choosing wine at the restaurant….like a real conoisseur !

May it be in couples’ lives, in clothing, or in a job interview, everything is about matching things together.
Wine is no exception, it’s even one of the fields where matching matters the most. While a good match between meal and wine can create delicious flavours, a mismatch would turn the value added of the wine into a dreadful experience. A mismatched wine can overemphasize or overwhelm some of the food’s taste, but it can also create a new unpleasant taste.
But do not worry, TableApp team is here to teach you the basics of matching !


Red wine: Strong taste for meat and cheese.

Due to its strong taste and its astringency (red are normally very tannic wines), red wine cannot be drunk with every meal. Although through all the spectrum of red wines some can be suitable for seafood due to their light taste, red wine is generally drunk with strong tasting meals.THE perfect match

Therefore, when ordering red meat, chicken or with cheese, order red wine as a side drink.

Depending on the location of the wine producer and the year, the wine will taste different, and you should associate it with food accordingly.

If you want to drink white wine, find another dish, as the white wine would seem tasteless after cheese or meat in sauce dishes.

Tip: Cheese go perfectly well with French Gamay


White wine: Oysters, Foie Gras and Desserts
 
White wine, although the range of wines belonging to this family is extremely large, is generally of a less astringent, more acid taste, and suits well dishes that require a fine palate such as seafood and fish. When a red wine would overwhelm the food taste, white wine generally suits it perfectly.

White wineThe taste of white wine can differ significantly according to its percentage of sugar: A dry (“sec” in French) wine is very low in sugar (this is the type people commonly refer to when speaking of white wine), and gets along well with fresh oysters while a so-called soft (“moelleux”) wine is generally consumed at the aperitif, before the dinner starts, with foie gras and fig jam toasts for instance.

White wine can be ordered with any dessert, but it should not be too sugary.

Tip: For a more distinguished drink with fresh oysters, brut Champagne can replace the dry white wine.


Rosé: Aperitif with friends

Rosé is the kind of wine that is not generally considered suitable for a “real” dinner. Rosé (the name comes from its rosy colour) is supposed to be drunk when having some pre-dinner snacks (the so called French aperitif) with friends.
Although sophisticated Rosé do exist, Rosé is thus generally meant to be a casual beverage. Please pay attention that genuine rosé must be made out of red grapes, and not out of a blend of white and red wine.

Tip: Unlike Red but like White, Rosé is better drunk very cold (7 to 12°C)!


The basic know-how of wine-meal matching is a very important part of the Latin food culture, and is notoriously unavoidable in Italian, Spanish and French cuisines. For sure, avoiding the mismatch mistake is very important, but the foremost expert is still the sommelier, so do ask for his recommendations while making your order.  


Bon Appétit !

Get treated on your birthday! Introducing our birthday promotions page.

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Nothing calls for more celebration than your birthday. We’re used to getting presents from family and friends, but did you know you could also get a treat from restaurants? Now you can, with TABLEAPP’s Birthday Dining Promotions.

To be eligible, you need to dine in at restaurants listed on the Birthday Promotions page. This page lists all the restaurants that provide birthday promotions, a description of each and their respective birth

Located on the top right of the page is the B’day Promo icon which allows you to download the app onto your device. You can use the app to book the restaurant of your choice.

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As usual, the convenient round-the clock service, instant confirmation and ease of using the app comes together to make your birthday meal an unforgettable one! 

Check out the page here: http://www.tableapp.com/bdpromotion.

 

5 reasons why you should use TABLEAPP to book a table online

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Imagine you're out with your family for dinner. You've heard of this wonderful restaurant from a friend and decide to try it out. Not long after, you find yourself standing in line to be seated in the crowded restaurant. After fifteen long minutes, the queue isn't any shorter. Your stomach is growling, and your kids are growing more and more impatient. You begin to wonder if the food really is worth all the effort. 

Booking a table online is the best way to free you out. Now, you can do it with TABLEAPP. TABLEAPP is a website that provide online restaurant reservation. 

Why TABLEAPP? here comes 5 reasons:

#1: Non-stop service

Compatible on Android and IOS platforms, TABLEAPP enables you to make reservations at any time, no matter where you are. All you need is a smartphone or tablet with an internet connection, which we reckon you are likely to already have! (Guide to use APP)

#2: Hassle-free

With a simple and user-friendly interface, the application is easy to use and best of all, gives you the results you want quickly!

#3: Instant confirmation

Remember the days when you had to ring up the restaurant and wait for them to return your call to confirm your booking? When they would call back is anybody’s guess. Now with TableApp, you get confirmed right away! No more waiting and no more access bookings!

#4: It’s FREE!

Here at TABLEAPP, we know that as Malaysians, we all love free things. Hence we provide this service at absolutely no cost – yes, it’s FREE!

#5: Extra help

Can’t make up your mind on what to eat? Just check out the reviews on the restaurant page. Our foodies at TABLEAPP sample different restaurants every week to help you decide on which restaurant to dine at and what you might like to have when you’re there. (check out here)

 

Visit TABLEAPP.com or Download our app to make your reservation.

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TABLEAPP bring you more recommended restaurants with your reservation mail!

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We recently implemented a new section in our email. The recommended restaurant is now added to the lower section of the email. This section introduces you about other restaurants that are famous you may like.

To view the restaurant, you can click on the light blue 'View Restaurant' button and if you want to book a table at the selected restaurant right away, you can click on the orange 'Book A Table' button. 

you may also visit our TABLEAPP online reservation website to see more restaurants.

alternatively, you could also use your phone and make a reservation just by downloading our app:

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TABLEAPP restaurant page has a brand new look to it!

TABLEAPP online reservation has a brand new look to it with multiple newly added features!

1. Blog Articles

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 You can now browse through our restaurant with some blog articles as references to the particular restaurant. This can give you a overview of what food the restaurant offer and the overall taste of it. Through this blog article, users can click on the read more button to see the full blog article posted by bloggers who have been to the restaurant before. You can also find food review photo here.

2.Restaurant Menu

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 Refering to the image, you can see the red highlighted part is our new restaurant menu feature. You can browse through the menu of the specific restaurant. This can help you decide on whether this restaurant offers your favourite dish or you can always look through their menu to see if something attracts you! To view the menu, just clicked on the category you would like to see and you will be automatically brought to another page which display the menu of your selected choice. You can also browse through all the menu yourself by clicking here.

3. Improved navigation

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As you can see, there is a "Make Reservation" button now on the right top corner once you scroll down the page. The purpose of this is to help you navigate through our page easier. Once you clicked on the "Make Reservation" button, you will be automatically brought to the top of the page with the "Make your reservation" panel on the right. On the other hand, the "Make your reservation" panel will also be fixed on the right hand side of your screen when scrolling down the page so that users does not need to scroll all the way up once they decided to make a reservation for the restaurant.

 

Want to make a reservation? visit us at www.tableapp.com now!

alternatively, you could also use your phone and make a reservation just by downloading our app:

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Online Reservation Platforms Help Boost Restaurants’ Revenues

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TABLEAPP is an online reservation platform where it does more than help customers secure a place to eat. It also provides marketing for the restaurants that use it,provides reviews, and helps restaurants boost business and manage flow. It also offers exclusive birthday deal to diners as an added incentive to use the restaurants that are signed up.

Apart from that, TABLEAPP also provide convenience to people making reservation where they can literally make reservation at 3 a.m, or not wait through a busy signal or go through the litany of questions. The convenience doesn’t just come down to when customers can book, but also they can do so much on one website. They can get all the information they need about where they can get a reservation. It’s a one-stop place for people.

TABLEAPP also allows you to keep tabs on who’s dining with you, which means the company can recognize who its most frequent guests are. With those informations, companies can now keep track of what are the preferences of their customers on what they like and what they don't like.

For more information, please do visit us if you do have any inquiries.