AJAR.id – Hello Ajarian! After opening the wine bottle, you can pour it for the customer. When pouring wine in silver service, you should remember these points below:
- Always pour about 60mls into the glass of the guest who ordered the wine for them to taste it. Once the guest gives their approval, move on to the next person’s glass, which would be to the orderer’s right-hand side. This enables the wine waiter to work anti-clockwise around the table
- Remember that the person who ordered the wine gets the first taste, but their glass is not filled until all the other guests at the table have had their glasses filled
- Pour the wine slowly so there is no ‘glug-glug’ sound as the wine and air meet in the bottle’s neck – hold the bottle so that the label of the bottle is visible to the person whose glass is being filled. This allows them to read the bottle while their glass is being filled
- Fill white wine glasses 2/3 full
- Fill red wine glasses to the halfway mark – extra room is left in red wine glasses to allow the development of the bouquet from the red wine
- Always serve customers from the right
- Never let the bottle touch the rim of the glass while pouring
- Lift and twist the bottle on completion of the pour – to eliminate drips from the bottle. A waiter’s cloth should also be held in the left hand to wipe the neck of the bottle between servings
- White wine should rest in an iced ice bucket in a stand on the floor, or in a cooler on the table
- Red wine should remain on the table – a napkin may be wrapped around the neck for presentation purposes: the bottle can be left standing on the table or resting in a wine basket
- Some establishments have a ‘high tide’ line on their glasses, and others have a policy of 100 – 120 mls only.
Tips to pour sparkling wine
When customer ordered sparkling wine, the pouring procedure is different from white wine or red wine. You can follow the procedure below when pouring sparkling wine:
- Always pour about 60mls into the flute of the guest who ordered the wine - for them to taste it
- Once the guest gives their approval, move straight onto the next person’s glass, which would be to the orderer’s right. Remember that the person who ordered the wine gets the first taste, but their glass is not filled to the required level until all the other guests at the table have had their glasses filled
- Pour the wine slowly to avoid foaming the wine in the glass - hold the bottle so that the label of the bottle is visible to the person whose glass is being filled
- Fill champagne flute to the 2/3 level
- Always serve customers from their right-hand side
- Never let the bottle hit the glass
- Sparkling wine should rest in an iced ice bucket or a cooler.
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Written by: Alan Hickman, Nick Hyland
Subject Matter: Provide Silver Service