What is the one time your mother won’t tsk in disapproval at spitting? When wine tasting. Serious wine tasting – say, at an event where there are dozens, if not hundreds, of wines. These kinds of events are often open to the general public as well as to members of the trade, and if there are some being held in your area, it’s a great way to learn about what’s on offer. But you want to be able to move through the line-up and taste as many wines as you can without making a scene, or utterly forgetting what any of the wines tasted like…right?

The spit buckets are there for a reason. They’re usually black and opaque, and people will not look twice at someone classily holding their own. Some events will even give you a separate paper cup to spit into, which you can then pour into the spit bucket (keeping your face away from the bin). Save the swallowing for your favorite samples. You’ll be able to say you tasted fifty wines in under an hour in no time.

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