Drinking wine is a hobby of mine, and over the years I’ve learned a bit about the best way to drink. These best wine etiquette tips will give you an idea of how to have the best wine-drinking experience. Use these wine etiquette tips to help you enjoy your glass of wine and feel comfortable drinking wine at parties and social events.
Wine glasses come in many different shapes and sizes. We can’t talk about wine etiquette without mentioning which glasses go with which wines! These are great for reds. You can’t go wrong with this set for general use. I prefer these for my white wines.
If you like stemless wine glasses make sure you are using ones like this, and use them for red wine. Using them for white wine will be tricky because you might warm the wine too much with your hands when holding the glass. Of course, there is also a perfect champagne flute, these are the best and they’re also so gorgeous!
When it comes to anything in life rules and etiquette are more like ideas and guidelines in my mind. Rarely has anyone achieved greatness by following the rules and sticking to protocol all of the time. However, when it comes to my favorite hobby, wine drinking, etiquette really does help improve the taste.
Wine etiquette is meant to help enhance the wine-drinking experience. No one will tell me that sticking my pinky out helps tilt the glass in just the right way to taste the smoky flavor of a good red. But they can certainly suggest that I hold a bottle a certain way to preserve the temperature.
Give the Right Toast
There are rare occasions where a great wine toast isn’t called for. Use one of these wine toast quotes and look like a complete wine professional.
Choose The Right Wine
We should start our conversation about wine etiquette in the aisle wherever you go to get your bottles. Here’s a myth: the higher the price tag the better the wine will taste. Wines vary, and there are delicious wines under $20. If you’re gifting wine, buying wine to serve guests, or just need a bottle to keep you company in the bath, the cost is not equal to taste. Remember that, above all else.
How Much Do You Need?
Again, the amount of wine depends on the number of people you’re serving. If you are getting a bottle for yourself, one should do just fine. However, the best way to prepare is to count the number of people you’re expecting.
Now, divide that by two and that’s how many bottles you need. Expect to serve everyone half a bottle of wine each. If you do buy a lot of bottles for your next party, save the corks and make these beautiful ornaments!
To Chill or Not to Chill
I think it’s pretty common knowledge when it comes to wine, white should be served cold, and red should be served at room temperature. That’s a pretty good rule of thumb to stick with when serving wines to guests. Once, a hostess served red wine chilled, when I inquired about it she told me that she likes them that way…
Okay, that’s great. IF you are serving guests, offer them a choice or stick with the basics!
Speaking of Temp
White wine is meant to be chilled, but you can ruin your hard work with one bad move. Holding the bottle incorrectly can increase the temperature of the wine inside! Here’s a tip, hold the bottle of wine by the stem. When pouring, place your other hand on the base, and you’ll help preserve the temperature.
Speaking of Pouring
When you’re pouring yourself a glass of wine there’s no rush, your wine won’t likely get warm while you put down the bottle. However, when you have guests over, you might want to offer to pour their glass first. This is especially key when you have a bunch of glasses to fill!
Before you refill your own glass, look around and ask if anyone would like a refill. You’ll be a very polite hostess with exceptional etiquette…who also has a fresh glass of wine to drink!
There was a time when I couldn’t afford a nice set of wine glasses. Instead, I would use a regular glass or a coffee mug; don’t judge me. Now that I’m established in my marriage, as a mom, and in my career, I have nice wine glasses.
When serving wine, try and use the right wine glass for the wine you are serving. If you don’t have an array of wine glasses just follow one simple rule. No paper cups and no coffee mugs, you’ll be okay!
If you do have the right wine glasses or just a quality set of glasses in general, don’t fill the glass to the brim. Instead, fill the glass just to the widest point. This amount of wine is perfect for me, for others, and for you. Per glass of course, not for the entire night!
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