Holding your wine glass incorrectly does not only make you less “Classy” but also put the glass of wine to waste. What is the direct implication to this?
One of the most common mistakes of holding the wine glass is by the bowl section. Did you know holding the wine glass by the bowl area can heat up the wine? The ideal serving temperature of most wines is at most 17 degrees Celsius and hand contact with the bowl area can bring the wine out of its optimum temperature range fairly quickly.
The correct way to hold a wine glass is by pinching its stem with your index finger and thumb as shown in the image above. So why is this the correct way? There are several reasons to it.
- This method of holding a glass wine will help keep the wine closer to the optimum serving temperature.
- It prevents smudging and keeps the bowl free of fingerprints which allow you to assess the wine’s color more easily and thereby learn things about it before even tasting it.
- It is easier to swirl your wine if you hold your wine glass by its stem. The action of swirling draw in oxygen from the air, open the wine up and unlocking flavors, releasing its aromas.
So, the next time you’re invited to a social party, remember to hold your wine glass by its stem to take care both your image and wine!