Do You Know How to Hold a Wine Glass?
How do you hold a wine glass?
Did you have to think about the question? Or do you consciously hold your glass with a particular method? How do you hold a wine glass? And, perhaps most importantly, does how you hold a wine glass matter the teeniest, tiniest bit when we’re talking about wine?
Wine is traditionally served in stemware. Ever think about why?
Smudges come to mind. By eliminating fingerprints, stemware allows you to observe the wine more clearly. (We’ve recently talked about looking at your wine and what you can learn from color.) Plus, a clean glass is just more aesthetically appealing.
A stem on your wineglass also facilitates swirling (which we’ve also talked about recently). Swirling releases the wine’s aromas, and is much easier to do using the stem.
Oh, and one more thing:
People! Here’s the deal with stemware: There’s a rod of glass between the base and the bowl of a wine glass for several reasons, and the absolute most important of those is to keep your 98.6-degree hand away from your properly chilled wine.
Exactly. And that is exactly how you correctly hold a glass of wine. So whatever else you’re doing… stop.
All right. We suppose you can keep doing the pinky thing. If you must. But move your hand down the stem and stop touching the bulb.