How to Pour the Perfect Glass of Wine at Every Party this Season

Do you know how to pour a glass of wine? Do you know how to make sure that you pour the correct amount each and every time regardless of glass size? I promise that you actually do. The perfect, consistent wine pour is not as difficult to master as it may seem.

Yes, stemware can be confusing. You have Champagne flutes, Bordeaux glasses, Cabernet glasses, white wine glasses, and let’s not forget stemless wine glasses. Sometimes you may find yourself wondering how in the world you are supposed to remember how much wine goes in each glass.

Thankfully, there is one simple secret to solve this conundrum: look at the glass.

What Difference Does a Wine Pour Make?

So what is the “right amount of wine” any way? Well, at a restaurant it will be between 5 and 6 ounces. Why? Because this portion of wine will generally allow for the ideal amount of air to circulate within the wine and give it the proper amount of body for your drinking pleasure.

Making sure that you have the exact right amount of wine to elevate all the aromas and fully enjoy their bouquet is a very important and easy task. All you have to do is look for the widest point of the glass and voilà, you have the perfect pour.

The widest part of the glass is the stopping point to indicate that you’ve hit the 5 to 6-ounce mark – just the ideal spot to release all the nuances that your glass of wine has to offer.

Why Does Pouring to the Widest Point Work?

Although in some wider, more bulbous glasses this technique will result in a seemingly stingy pour, rest assured it is not. This particular point usually rests about one third of the way to the brim of the glass and should be consistent across all shapes.

Plus, when you have poured liquid to this point, you have ample room to swirl it around the sides and enjoy the scents that wind their way out of the glass without worrying about spilling any of the delicious drink on yourself.

Now, don’t say that swirling your glass is snobby and that you’d rather have more wine then walk back for a second glass. Swirling really does have a purpose!

In fact, it does wonders for aerating and improving a glass of wine. (And no, an aerator does not do as good of a job. Sometimes the traditional way is the best way.) Therefore, each time you pour too much wine in your glass you are effectively trapping all the subtleties and intricacies that are hidden in each sip.

You’ll find that the truth of this age-old wisdom will surprise you the next time you pour yourself a properly proportioned glass.

The One Exception to the Rule

If you are still a strong proponent of drinking your wine in a brimming glass, then pour yourself some champagne – the one exception to the rule.

Champagne flutes are designed more for a festive show of bubbles rather than the accentuating aromas, so when you pour yourself a glass of bubbly, have at it!

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