"When ordering wines in restaurants, study the card for a long time even if you don't understand what you're reading. Cluck occasionally, and then turn to the sommelier and ask him to advise you on what to order. Never accept his first suggestion. He is testing you, and you don't want to lose face."
"It may be useful when talking about wine to know that Bordeaux comes in slim bottles and Burgundy in squat ones. This always impresses."
"Always carry a vintage chart with you. If you're not sure of the best wine years, take the wine card to the washroom and check it against your vintage chart."
"Drinking wine in some one else's home is a much easier problem The host is always looking for compliments and if you're not careful, some of the sillier people at the table may start giving them."