Ever wonder where the ritual of having a selected member, at your dinner table, sample the wine came from?

Before the use of Portuguese or Spanish cork, bottlers would pour a thin layer of oil on top of the wine to seal it and stop, at least, some air from getting in. Knowing that this layer of oil was there, the host of the party would pour some of the wine into their own glass first, to not have his or her guests exposed to the thin layering of oil. Consequently, the ritual we’ve become accustom to today has changed somewhat, where that designated wine taster at you table, is assigned the task of ensuring the wines acceptability.

Now you know…