A glass of red wine

A Proper Glass of Wine

Pouring a proper glass of wine takes practice. It sounds easy, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

The type of wine is yours to choose. And the importance of drinking wine is by far the joy of connecting with others.

There is no need to memorize wine facts to pick the perfect bottle with the perfect meal. You only need to know a few things to look for, by just reading a wine label, that can go a long way.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions to get the kind of wine you are looking for wherever you purchase wine or enjoy it by the glass.

Furthermore, don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone of your favorite go-to wines. In writing this wine blog I have learned the names of new wine grapes that I am dying to try. I have a bucket list, or should I say barrel list, of wines I want to sip.

Have you heard that a wine list is read from right to left? (price first) It’s true and there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone has a budget and we want the best value for our money. This helps guide our choices and makes that list a lot easier to choose from. I always say if there are too many choices, then I can’t decide. So, consider the price any easy way to reduce your choices.

Again, the type of wine is yours to choose, now let’s talk about the amount.

Wine Tasting

If you are tasting wines and still trying to find the wines that appeal to your palate, a good tasting portion is about one ounce. And just to expand on the word “palate”, this is the wine word for your sense of taste. But, with emphasis on your sense, not taste. Sense is part of a bigger exercise that takes place between smelling, tasting, site and feel.

Pour SizeWine glass ounces

Now you’ve tasted enough and you know what you like. How much should you pour into your wine glass? I have to admit that I am a fan of Ricky Gervais. He is like a good wine; bold, earthy and robust! Have you seen his show After Life? It is a brilliant tragic-comedy. He pours a glass of wine exactly as my husband, to the top. No waste of real estate in that wine glass for sure.

Let’s say for a moment that you have company and a bottle of wine to share. A bottle of wine is a little more than twenty-five ounces, three or four ounces is about right for the first pour. This fills a wine glass approximately one third of the way. Not to worry as this gives you ample room for the wine to aerate, let it breathe as they say. Subsequently, it leaves room to swirl and sniff which is all part of the palate experience. Certainly, this leaves enough left for a second round.

A proper glass of wine is poured to ladies first, then men, clockwise around the table. The bottle must not touch the rim of the wine glass. That is sacred and sanitized. Hold the bottle about one and a half inches above the rim to pour, and stop the flow before you pull away by tilting the bottle tip up, and twisting slightly with your wrist. Wipe the bottle with your go-to wine towel to catch a Winespill. I heard from a waiter that they always carry a service napkin when they are serving wine to guests, no matter how experienced they are, as accidents and wine-spills can happen to anyone.

There you have it, a proper glass of wine.

Enjoy!