- The first thing a server should learn-
The first thing you should know is how to open a bottle. It will be very undermining if you are looking clueless with a bottle in one hand and having a wine key in the other. You should know every term such as wine key etc. There are a lot of tutorials available on the internet that will help you I serving wine.
- Know your regions-
This is the hard part you will have to deal with in knowing about wine. Go out and buy the World Atlas of wine made by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson that can channel your inner cartographer. Wine is similar to a vacation in a bottle. Spend more time and get the feel of what these regions can produce with different grapes. For instance, in the Burgundy region in France grows Pinot Noir and in the Napa valley in California known as the cabernet sauvignon.
- How to describe the wine-
Describing wine is a subtle art. You should be very identical as well as fancy as people want to see a show. Make sure you develop a structure and to fill in with relevant descriptions. Break down the graphic elements into parts such as body works which include full, fat, thin, light or as structured words which include soft, Tannic, bright, Acidic or Aroma words such as cut herbs, blackberry, raspberry.
- Know enough to answer anything-
You should now know enough to make your way through any wine list. If you know about your grapes and the regions you can have accurate guesses about the nature of the wine. The Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be a lot smaller in body than a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. A Chardonnay from California is richer, rounder and oakier than the same grape from Chablis. Once you learn about the basic facts, you can work your way into the specific details. There are two varieties of people, those who extrapolate from incomplete data sets and if you are talking with a guest who knows more about wine than you studied, try to get them talking about it. People love to talk about things that they are interested in, after all. Ask them if they have ever traveled to a wine region that the will love the attention.
- Ensure you Learn about wine grapes-
Every wine grape has a unique personality, which is developed by its region. You should be able to know the difference between a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay or between a Merlot and Pinot Noir. You do not need to learn every grape such as the Pineau d’Aunis which only comes occasionally. A great way to learn about individual grape from Wikipedia.