In Forbes, Veritas

Forbes has posted a clever online slide show about how to order wine for a business dinner.

They could have skipped the word “business”; it’s a pretty good primer for anyone looking to make the right connection between vino and victual. The trick with one of these features is always calibrating the level of expertise. Too high, and nobody but Robert Parker knows what you’re talking about. Too low, and even casual foodies will post sneering comments. Forbes hit the sweet spot.

From “don’t start too big” to “be direct” (about budget constraints) to the depressingly useful “go for the lowest common denominator,” the slides are a respectable blend of gut wisdom and informed expertise.

Only one real complaint: Forbes slide shows always seem to move at roughly 17 slides per second.