Do you like to drink Spanish wines but don’t know what to do when the waiter comes to the table? It is a moment that many fear when they go to a restaurant. The sommelier is the person in charge of serving wine and, in general, usually asks diners about their preferences. What can you do in these cases? Do not worry, in this article we will help you.
Learn to choose wines during your holidays in Spain
If you are not a wine connoisseur and are looking to handle these situations successfully, the best thing to do is ask the waiter straight away. Do not hesitate, sommeliers are trained professionals, and their job is to help you figure out your tastes. Be polite and let yourself go.
If you go to a Spanish bar, you will probably come across different types of alcoholic beverages: red, rosé and white wines, orujo, cava, etc. Within each type, there are several categories. For example, “Rioja” wines are those produced in that region with Tempranillo-type grapes. The “Reserva” and “Gran Reserva” categories are for wines over 1 or 3 years old, respectively.
Do you know sherry wines? They are globally valued for their aroma and flavour. If you have never tried them before, we strongly encourage you to do so. The most famous ones are “manzanilla” and “fino”, perfect to pair with a tapa of cured ham during your holidays in Spain.
If, on the other hand, you have some knowledge of Spanish wines, the best option is to show the waiter your preferences. In these cases, the sommelier will make a recommendation and will serve a little of wine for you to give your verdict. If you like its flavour, you got what you were looking for! The key is not knowing whether a wine is better or not, but to be happy drinking what you really like.