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Etiquette Tip of the Week

When I left the whirlwind world of Sony Music (Columbia and Epic recording labels) in Chicago, I landed at Amana Appliances out in rural Amana, Iowa. (Or as my mother would say, "Out where the Lord lost his sandal.")

People at Amana used to ask me, “Is it a lot different here at Amana than it was in the music business?” I would reply, “I noticed right away that you did not have a mimosa cart.”

Whether you are in the mix or in the sticks, the season approaches where business and alcohol merge at company outings, Chamber of Commerce events, fundraisers, wine tastings, festivals and more. So let's review some rules:

You are better off not drinking alcohol at business events - you are more clear-headed without it. Have a glass of soda or cranberry juice. If you want a beverage that resembles a cocktail, have a club soda with a twist of lime.

If you have a cocktail (or mocktail) and it has a straw in it, don't even think of trying to sip through that tiny little hole. That's a stir stick, for stirring your drink. Stir and discard.

You may eat olives or other fruit from your drink off the toothpick. Do not fish around in your drink for them with your fingers. And the toothpick is not used in public for fishing things out of your teeth.

White wine is served chilled and held by the stem. Red wine is usually served at room temperature and held by the bowl of the glass. (But not palm up like a brandy snifter.) Some oenophiles will demand that red wine also be held by the stem.

Avoid audibly exhaling, "Aaahhhh," every time you take a sip.

The same is true for alcohol as for food -- no one is impressed by how much you can put away. Know your limit.

Hold the beverage in your left hand and shake with your right. Most importantly, when the photographer comes around, put your beverage down.

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