Can You Hold Your Wine?
Whether you have loved wine for years or you are new to wine and want to love it, there is one question that consumers on both ends often ask: which glass is best for which wines?
Before we can answer that, let’s clarify what exactly makes up a wine glass. No, we’re not talking about glass or crystal. There are three parts to a standard wine glass: the base, the stem, and the bowl. The base, also called the foot, is what keeps your glass standing. The stem connects your base to the bowl. The bowl is what holds your drink.
Now, how do you hold your wine glass? Yes, that’s a serious question, and we have a serious answer. If you don’t want your drink to warm up, always hold the glass at the stem. The natural temperature of your hands will affect your drink if you hold the bowl. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and is actually ideal when drinking red wine. The warmth of your hands releases more flavor from the drink, and for this reason, stemless glasses are ideal for drinks that are not chilled.
Stemless glasses look modern and are easy to store because they take up less space in your cabinet. Many people feel more comfortable using these because they’re less likely to be knocked over when out in the open. You’ll feel less tense when washing them, too. Without a fragile stem, you can just rinse the inside with hot soapy water and set it upside down to dry. One minor downside: no place for a wine marker that would usually sit at the base. That just means you’ll have to keep drinking! If you have to use both hands amongst a crowd of glasses, try using a hair band that won’t roll off.
There is much more to choosing the perfect glass, but we don’t want to overwhelm you. Also, some believe that the idea of choosing “the right glass” is all in our heads. Either way, when you drink wine at Laurita, leave the glasses to us! All you have to do is pick your favorite wine or tell us what flavors you’d like to try for the first time! Cheers!