Glassware for Wine Tasting

By Kuan Yew Tan / September 17, 2020

How to Choose a Wine Glass for Your Taste

When choosing wine glasses it is important to think about a few things.  You usually want a large bowl on your wine glass when tasting red wines.  This gives you adequate room on the glass to swirl the wine and more of a surface area.  These glasses should allow you to pour in from 10 to 20 ounces of wine in them.  The best red wine glasses are oval shaped and they narrow slightly at the top of the glass.

The white wine glasses should be a slender flute shaped glass.  This is necessary if you want to enjoy a white wine to the best of its flavor.  A glass of white wine should be significantly smaller than a glass of red wine.

Holding a Wine Glass

When you are wine tasting it is still important to know how to properly hold your wine glass.  This will show you are well versed  and you have proper etiquette.  You should always hold your glass by the stem. 

Never hold your glass of wine by the bowl of the glass. Your hands are warm and if you hold the glass by the bowl you will warm the wine.  You also want to be sure you don’t put any fingerprints on the bowl of the glass either.

Washing Wine Glasses

There are many different approaches you can take to washing wine glasses properly.  You want to be sure you get the glass completely clean.  Some people like to do a rinse method with hot water.  If you choose to use only water with your wine glasses be sure to get all of the residual wine out of the glass before you set it out to dry.  You can wash your wine glasses with a mild soap and a sponge too. 

Some people like to use soda to wash their glasses.  This is common for washing expensive glasses like crystal.  Some glasses you can wash in the dishwasher.  It is best to only wash the wine glasses that have short stems in the dishwasher.  When you wash a long stemmed glass in the dishwasher, the stems are often prone to break off.

After you wash wine glasses you should set them out to air dry.  Lay the glasses on a towel and let them dry.  You won’t have hard water stains on the glasses.  If you do wash your dishes in the dishwasher it is best to cancel the dry session and pull the glasses out to air dry.

 

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