Wine Evaluation and Etiquette

March 22, 2013  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Wine Evaluation and Etiquette My husband and I share a passion for food, wine and travel.  We choose many of our vacations based on destinations where we can indulge in these passions.  We recently returned from the beautiful Napa Valley in California where we enjoyed one week of memorable experiences filled with unforgettable food and wine. During our time in Napa, we had the pleasure of visiting many breath-taking wineries where we gained insight and appreciation for the art and enjoyment of wine, as well as the etiquette surrounding it. At each of the wineries we visited, we practiced the basics of wine evaluation and etiquette.  I would like to share some of them with you to help enhance your experience the next time you pour yourself a glass of wine: 1.  Let your wine breathe. Allowing your wine to breathe oxidizes the wine which brings out the potential of the flavor. There are several ways that you can do this. You can decant the wine or let it sit in the glass. If you are more anxious or pressed for time, you can also pour it through a Venturi.  This wine apparatus can be purchased at just ...

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Runners Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

Runners Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts I recently took up running.  Before I was a “walk/run” kind of person and never really thought I could just run.  I took the Running Room’s “Learn to Run” program and I am hooked!  I completed my first 5K during the Napa Valley Marathon Weekend in California at the beginning of March.  It was an amazing way to begin my running journey nestled amongst the beautiful vineyards and rolling Napa hills.  I’m now training for the 10K during the Ottawa Race Weekend in May and can’t wait!  Along this journey, I have gained valuable knowledge with respect to runners etiquette and the importance, whether one is a beginner or an experienced runner, of respecting the “rules of the road” during your race. Here are some of the “do’s and don’ts” of runners etiquette to keep in mind for anyone entering a race - whether it is a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or full marathon: Runners Etiquette Do’s Move to the side if someone behind you says “excuse me” or “on your right/left.”  The person behind you is giving you a heads up before passing.  It’s proper race etiquette to let that person pass you ...

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Six Travel Etiquette Tips

March 12, 2013  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Protocol   |     |   0 Comment

Six Travel Etiquette Tips It’s spring break and for many that means a vacation that requires traveling on a plane to a sunny destination.  Did you know that one out of six people is anxious about flying?  Here are six etiquette tips to keep in mind when you travel to help make your experience as well as those around you as pleasant and stress free as possible: 1.  Wait for your turn to board and disembark.  Airlines assign boarding order because it helps with the flow of getting people onboard in a timely manner.  People should honour and wait their turn to board according to when their seat or row is called.  When it is time to disembark, wait until the people in the rows ahead of you have left their seats.  Do not rush ahead, stand in the aisle, and make it difficult for people to access their bags in the overhead bins.  Keeping order in such a confined space avoids chaos. 2.  Respect the use of space to stow your carry-on bags.  A lot of stress is faced by travellers who run the risk of having to check a bag because the overhead bins on-board ...

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