How to Present Wine Bottles as a Waiter

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When you present wine bottles as a waiter to your guests, it serves a couple of purposes. The first purpose is to make sure that you ordered the correct bottle of wine from the bar and the second is that presenting the bottle is part of the complete wine service.

  • Get your wine service ready. Once the order has been placed for the wine, grab the appropriate glasses, the bottle of wine and the wine chiller (if white wine, sparkling wine or Champagne). Do this in two trips if necessary or use a service tray.

  • Face the label toward the guest. When you approach the guest that ordered the wine, make sure the label is facing toward them so they can read it and confirm that you have the correct bottle.

  • State the name of the wine, including vintage (if applicable). If your guest ordered a vintage bottle, state the vintage, then the name of the wine, then the varietal. An example is, "The 2002 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon."

  • Wait for the guest to confirm that you have the right bottle. Generally, he will simply nod as confirmation. After that, it is fine to go ahead and open the bottle of wine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always ask how many people will be drinking wine. This is especially important for parties of five or more because one bottle serves approximately four glasses. Simply ask the guest who is ordering something like "Will everyone be drinking wine this evening?" or "Will you be ordering wine for the entire table Sir/Ma'am?"
  • Never open the wine without confirmation from your guest first. Always state the vintage, name and varietal of the wine before opening. If your guest is busy talking, wait until she is finished. Some vintages are very expensive and if it isn't what they ordered and you rush to open it, you will have just made a very expensive mistake.

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