How to Hold Your Wine Glass Properly

Drinking wine is an art form.  Even the simplest of things, such as the way you cradle your wine glass in your hands, can have a dramatic impact on the way the product tastes. Drawing on recent expert commentary, Ideal Wine Company explains how to hold your wine glass properly.

Glass shape matters

In 2015, a study conducted at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan determine that the shape a wine glass really does matter. This is because the glass acts as a filter, siphoning off the ethanol in wine so you can enjoy its rich flavours more easily. Of course, different types of wine hold different levels of ethanol, so you’ll need a different glass depending on the wine.

The Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT 1990, a gorgeous Italian red wine, from Ideal Wine Company would work best in a wide-brimmed, traditional wine glass, just like any other red wine. But for something like Champagne, a flute would work better, because its shape is more effective for bringing the best out of this signature French sparkling wine.

Glass holding instructions

According to the Metro, it’s even important that you hold your glass in the correct way. For the sake of convenience, a lot of people choose to hold the bowl of the glass in the palm of their hands. But Anthony Giglio, who Metro calls the “Wine Wise Guy” at Food and Wine, a specialist industry portal, claims that holding a wine glass this way is a bad idea.

Instead, Giglio suggested you should hold the glass by the stem as by holding the glass by the bowl will warm the wine with your body heat, changing its chemical composition and damaging its overall flavour.

He said: “Here’s the deal with stemware… There’s a rod of glass between the base and the bowl of a wine glass for several reasons, and the absolute most important of those is to keep your 98.6-degree hand away from your properly chilled wine.”

Giglio detailed the cardinal sins of holding a wine glass. He argued that as well as wrapping the entre glass around you hand, holding the stem between your ring and middle fingers is also a bad idea, as it could lead to the glass breaking. But he suggested it is acceptable to place your index finger against the glass’ body if necessary to prevent spillage.

Enjoy your wine

How to hold your glass is just one of the considerations involved in drinking wine. Research everything from which kind of glass works with which wine, to how to store your bottles properly, online, so you can determine how to get the most out of your purchase. Start with the basics. Head to the Ideal Wine Company glossary of online wine terms to become fluent in the language of wine making!