When it comes to enjoying a glass of wine, the way you hold your wine glass can make a big difference in both your experience and the perception of those around you. As a wine enthusiast, I’ve learned that the way you hold a wine glass can affect the temperature of the wine, the aromas, and even the overall enjoyment of the wine. Here’s my personal guide on the art of holding a wine glass like a true connoisseur.
The Stem vs. the Bowl
One of the most common mistakes people make when holding a wine glass is holding it by the bowl. I used to make this mistake too, until I learned that holding the bowl of the glass can actually warm up the wine, especially white wine or champagne. Instead, I always hold the glass by the stem, allowing me to admire the wine’s color and clarity without affecting its temperature.
When holding the wine glass by the stem, I delicately place my thumb on one side of the stem and my index and middle finger on the other side. This allows for a secure grip without transferring heat to the wine. It also gives the glass an elegant appearance, adding to the overall experience of enjoying the wine.
For Red Wine Glasses
For larger red wine glasses, such as Bordeaux or Burgundy glasses, I adjust my grip to accommodate the size of the glass. I still hold it by the stem, but with a slightly different finger placement to ensure stability and comfort.
Why It Matters
Some may wonder why it’s so important to hold a wine glass in a specific way. As I’ve come to understand, holding the glass by the stem not only maintains the wine’s temperature, but it also prevents smudges on the bowl, allowing the wine to be showcased in its best light. Additionally, it shows respect for the wine and the effort that went into crafting it, which is something I deeply appreciate as a wine lover.
Mastering the art of holding a wine glass may seem trivial to some, but to me, it’s an essential part of savoring and appreciating wine. The next time you raise a glass of your favorite vintage, I encourage you to try holding it by the stem and notice the difference it makes. Cheers to enjoying wine the right way!