How to hold a wine glass
Most of the time, we’re only interested in the contents of our glass so the last thing on our mind is how we’re holding said glass. Well, there is a wrong and a right way to hold up a wine glass. So perhaps one day, you’ll find yourself in a fancy gathering, say a formal dinner and you will want to show your home training. If that happens, you’ll be glad you read this. Here’s how you hold a wine glass and ace it.
Hold all stemmed wine glasses towards the base of the stem between your thumb, forefinger and middle finger. When you do this your other fingers will naturally rest on the base.
Holding a wine glass any way you like isn’t really something that should matter but sometimes it helps to know these things. There are a few reasons why we hold our glasses at the stem. For one, it helps you not leave grease marks on the glass and it keeps the temperature of the wine stable.
If you hold the stem by the bowl, the glass and its contents will become warm. Wine should be served at a proper temperature and your hands around the bowl would quickly warm it up. When you hold the stem, you keep the wine at the proper temperature. This only matters if your wine was served at the right temperature to start with. If your wine was served ice cold, you can hold it by the bowl so it warms up a little because when you serve a wine too cold it dulls the flavours.
I’m sure you’re wondering why this matters. Frankly, it shouldn’t. Except you want to become some type of wine connoisseur. I’m not one to judge by how you hold your wine glass. I’ve been known to drink from the bottle sometimes. Yeah, sacrilegious. I know.
At the end of it all, all that matters is that wine is being drunk and enjoyed.