Superyacht Stewardess

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.


This is one of those subjects that is very involved and requires a lot of training to master. In fact, it takes years to become a master sommelier.

As a super yacht stewardess you do not need to go to such lengths, however you are required to have a good foundation on this topic.

The following article just scratches the surface of this vast subject. Do click on the Tasting Master button below to download their PDF... it is well worth a read.

Wine Basics - For The Superyacht Stewardess

Learning the basics of wine cannot only help you select the best wines to drink, but it will also help you improve your taste preferences.

You don’t have to settle for buying cheaply-made wines. With many types of wines to purchase and serve, it can become quite confusing to understand the best wines to choose and how to read a wine label properly.

In the following article,  you can develop a better understanding of wine in general.

Learning more about wine involves experimenting and the passion for wanting to learn more about wine. 

How is Wine Made? 

Wine making begins with grapes on the vine. Grapes must be properly ripe before they are picked for wine.

Overly-ripe grapes or grapes that are not ripe enough will cause the taste of the wine to suffer. The quality of the grapes is essential for the best tasting wine because they are the foundation for the beverage.

Grapes can be hand-picked off the vine or machine harvested. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, the grapes are sorted through. Any rotten grapes or grapes that have become raisined are removed.

Stems are then removed from the grapes, and then the grapes are crushed slightly.

White and red wines differ in how they are made. White wines are pressed, which separates the juice from the skins. The process is performed before the grapes are fermented.

Red wines get fermented in their skins. During the fermentation period, the grapes are hand mixed to extract the juices and to prevent bacteria from growing.

After the grapes have finished fermenting, the red wines are moved to barrels where they will complete maturation. 

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Wine Grape Variations

There are numerous types of grapes that can be used to make wine.

The different varieties of grapes used will alter the flavor of the wine. The thousands of grape varieties make it possible to experiment with flavors to create a wide range of wines with distinct flavors.

It’s important to understand the characteristics of many of the popular grapes used to wine to get a better idea of how they will affect the overall taste of the wine.

Learning about what types of grapes yield the best white or red wine is crucial when it comes to wine-making

Popular White Wine Grapes

Chardonnay is a classic variety of grape used to create white Burgundies. It’s one of the most popular types of grapes used to make Champagne.

Muscadine is another white wine grape variety, and it’s grown primarily in the southeastern United States and Mexico. It produces grapey-tasting  flavor and is commonly known for its use in the Tokay. 

Chenin Blanc is another popular white wine grape variety. It features good acid levels, thin skin, and a natural sugar content that is high.It’s used in Pinot Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Muscadet wines.

Malvasia is a grape variety that produces wines that can have numerous tastes. Wines made from these grapes can have sweet flavors to flavors that are exceptionally dry. 

Examples of a white wine spectrum:

Light: Soave, Rioja, Pinot Grigio.

Medium: Bordeaux white, Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc.

Full/heavy: Chardonnay, Burgundy white, Vionier

Popular Red Wine Grapes 

Merlot is a grape variety that ripens early. It produces red wines that feature flavors of cherry, toffee, and plum. Nebbiolo is another popular red wine grape variety and is a grape that ripens late. It features pruny, chocolaty, and tannic characteristics.

The Nebbiolo grape variety is known to be difficult to grow. Pinor Noir is an important grape variety used to make Burgundy wine. Wines made from these grapes feature strawberry, raspberry, and cherry aromas. 

Gamay is the only red grape featured in Beaujolais wines. Flavors of wine made from this grape variety have been described as bubble gum and banana flavored that eventually evolve into walnut, hazelnuts, and spice. 

Examples of a red wine spectrum:

Light: Beaujolais, Dolcetto.

Medium: Burgundy, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Rioja red.

Medium to full: Bordeaux, Merlot, Brunello di Montalcino.

Full Bodied: Barolo and Barbaresco, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Shiraz, Margaux.


Below is a small table of popular regions and grapes:

Table source: via




Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah,Viognier, Chardonnay


Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Moscato,Pinot Grigio

United States

Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir,Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel


Malbec, Bonarda


Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc


Shiraz, Chardonnay


Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner


Tempranillo, Albarino, Garnacha, Palomino

New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir

South Africa

Pinotage, Chenin Blanc


Learning more about wine involves experimenting and the passion for wanting to learn more about wine.

Wine rack

Bottle Variations and How Many Glasses of Wine are in a Bottle

Bottle variations are a term used in wine to describe bottles of the same wine that feature different smells and tastes.

The factors that could affect the taste and smell of the wine include the variation of the contents prior to packaging and any variation used in storage and distribution. It could also have an impact on bottle variations in any differences in the packaging components and the product and packaging process.

One of the most prominent factors that have an influence on wine bottle variation is the variable levels of the oxygen exposure.

When you buy a bottle of wine, it’s important to know how many glasses of wine you’ll be able to pour from one bottle. The size of the wine glass used determines the amount of services you’ll get out of the bottle.

Most bottles of wine contain 25.4 fluid ounces.

  • If you pour four-ounce servings of wine, you’ll get six servings per bottle of wine.
  • If you pour five-ounce servings, you’ll get five servings of wine.

The  Basics of Reading a Wine Label

Reading a wine label can be quite confusing. There’s a lot of information to take in before you can make a purchase. Learning how read a wine label properly is important.

A wine label will feature the following:

  • The name of the estate
  • The producer of the wine  ie. wine maker or winery
  • Vintage or non-vintage: Vintage or non-vintage is the year the grapes were harvested
  • Country of origin
  • Variety: The variety of appellation refers to the grape varieties used in the wine-making process
  • ABV: ABV stands for alcohol by volume.

There’s a lot to learn about wine, but with proper time and dedication, you’ll soon discover that learning about wine could be a fun hobby.

As a Superyacht stewardess, you should aim to discover the following:

  • How to taste and evaluate wine
  • The principals involved in international grape varieties, and the popular regions where grapes are grown for wine.
  • You should also know how to open a bottle of wine the right way
  • How to pour a glass without dripping
  • The importance of wine serving temperatures
  • An important skill that you’ll also learn is how to properly store red wine
  • Choosing the right wine glasses, and wine bottle sizes.


With the proper knowledge of wine, you’ll soon discover why many people have a love for this amazing beverage.

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Kylie is an Ex - Superyacht Chief Stewardess, and Hotel Manager from Sydney, Australia. Passionate about sharing information, you can find her typing up a storm in her small home office, or breathing in the cool wind off the North Sea, in Zeeland, Netherlands.
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