Talleyrand once reproached a guest for downing a glass of fine brandy in a single gulp. "The first thing you should do," he explained, "is cup your glass in your palms and warm it. Then shake it gently, with a circular movement, so that the liquid's aroma is released. Then, raise the glass to the nose and inhale deeply." "And then, my lord?" the man asked, entranced. "And then, sir," Talleyrand replied, "you place the glass on the table and talk about it."