You’re in a restaurant, on a date, and a wine list is placed on the table. You pick it up, and your date confesses to their love of wine. You mimic the sentiment in order to be agreeable and before you know it, she's asking you to order a bottle for the table. Trust us, this is the last place that you want to be. You’ve gotten carried away and oversold your wine knowledge; Now it’s time to get creative.

Whatever the situation, if you don’t know anything about wine and those around you are about to find out, don’t despair. With a few simple tips you can fool even a well-versed wine aficionado. Faking the funk is a skill that translates into all walks of life, so whether you’re talking about wine or literature, you need to know something about the subject in order to be convincing. The idea is to take the little bit of knowledge and spread it out making it appear greater than it really is.

Here's how to pull it off: 10 Ways to Sound Like You Know What You're Talking About When Discussing Wine.

Written by Raoul Segarra, Sommelier and Wine Director at North Square Restaurant

Raoul Segarra has been working with spirits for over 15 years. A seasoned sommelier, Segarra has worked at Keens, Judson Grill, and Jean-Georges, under the direction of great sommeliers-mentors who noticed and nurtured his talent. In 2004, he joined the Beanstalk Group (The Red Cat, The Mermaid Inn, The Harrison, Pace) as Wine and Beverage Director, where he put his creativity and love for finding a lesser known region or wine at a great price to work. Raoul brings this philosophy to the wine list at North Square, which features over 110 wines from 15 countries, 65 priced at less than $50.