AYANA Zeitgeist

Translated from German, Zeitgeist means "the spirit of the moment", and is the key principle underpinning AYANA's service philosophy. Here, we share our inside tips and favorite haunts to help you experience the AYANA Zeitgeist.

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In an attempt to minimize awkwardness during social events, Well-Placed-Insider has learned a thing or two about Wine Etiquette from AYANA and RIMBA’s experts. These came in handy during the recent Penfold’s wine dinner at Dava restaurant and Banfi wine dinner at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. For those who missed these Bali events, you can put the dos and don’ts of wining and dining into action at our next wine dinner!

1. Important: When clinking glasses, it is a must to make eye contact with the other person. Otherwise, according to French superstition, you’ll risk seven years of bad luck (read: bad sex). We do not want that.
2. On the table, your wine glass goes to the right of your water glass.
3. While taking a sip, you should look politely look into your glass and not at another person. Unless you are shamelessly flirting.
4. If someone is toasting you (promotion, engagement or for just being you), you are advised to not take a sip. A quiet smile and a nod should suffice before expressing your gratitude.
5.The most common mistake: Many people think you only need to hold white wine by the stem (so you don’t warm up the wine), but experts say you should hold red wine by the stem, too, so you can see its color and clarity (or at least pretend that you understand what color clarity in wine actually means). Failing to do so could result in some wine snob calling you a “bowl grabber”.

Notes if you are the host of the occasion:
1. The host’s duty is to make sure glasses stay filled. So keep an eye on your guests’ glasses.
2. They say white wine drinkers end up drinking more than red wine drinkers. Well, maybe this tip proves it. You should fill red wine glasses 1/3, white wine glasses 1/2. But the ones who drink the most are sparkling wine lovers as their glasses must be filled at least 3/4.
3. When pouring wine, do not forget to give the bottle a twist to prevent drips. It also makes you look a lot more stylish.
4. Last but not least! Apparently you should clink glasses with each person without crossing anyone’s arms. Now I am beginning to wonder… have I ever cross-clinked? Anyway… time to start practicing my new wine etiquette. Cheers!

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