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“Wine is bottled poetry”— that’s what Robert Luis Stevenson said. Even though poetry is the most beautiful form of expression, a lot of people just don’t seem to grasp its concept. Similarly, a lot people don’t get wine, or, for that matter, how to hold a glass of wine.
The biggest faux pas that people make at a party is when they don’t hold their wine glass correctly. The most common mistake of holding a wine glass is by the bowl section.
So, the correct way of holding a glass of wine is by the stem. There’s a reason why the stem is there my friends. Hold it towards the base, using your thumb, index finger, and middle finger and allowing your other fingers to rest on the base. Another option is to make a loose fist and balance the base on your index finger, using your thumb as a lever to hold it in place.
Well, I know what you’re thinking. How does it matter? Truth be told, holding a glass of wine incorrectly not only has implications for your image but it has practical implications as well:
- Your wine doesn’t spill
The biggest concern while swirling wine is that it doesn’t spill or you don’t drop your glass. So, obviously a little bit of control over your glass is required for that, and what better way than to hold it by the stem?
- Say bye-bye to fingerprints
If you hold your glass by the stem those fingerprints that are usually present around the bowl, as a result of holding your glass by the bowl won’t be there.
- No more warm wine
The basic reason behind wine glasses having stems is to protect the temperature of the wine. Holding the bowl of the wine glass will increase the temperature.
- Swirling made easier
Most of the enjoyment of wine comes mainly from the aromas, swirling the wine will increase the surface area and it has more exposure to the atmosphere, thus the aromas will come out more easily. And if you hold a wine glass by the stem, swirling becomes easier.
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