This article was published on August 19th, 2017
If wine is the drink of the gods, it is high time folks learned how to drink it. Sure, one can simply empty out an entire bottle into a pitcher, mug, or over-extended stemmed glass. But truly properly pouring and serving the perfect glass of wine takes a few more steps than just turning a bottle upside down and letting gravity do all of the work. Look like a true wine aficionado by perfecting the way you are pouring wine by using these 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Serving
Serving a great glass of wine depends on how it has been initially stored away, either in your home or in the store. While white wines can be refrigerated and kept in temperatures at or around 32-35 degrees Fahrenheit (0-3 degrees Celsius), red wines should be kept at a somewhat warmer temperature averaging 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.5 degrees Celsius).
Remember, once white wine has been chilled, you risk skunking it (ruining the flavor and chemistry) by allowing cold white wine to reach room temperature. This same principle applies to beer, too. Once it’s cold, keep it cold. Red wine, on the other hand, should be stored chilled, but then needs time and room to breathe. White wine can be served directly from the chilled bottle, immediately out of the refrigerator, but needs to be stored in a wine bucket with ice to remain cold. Red wine is best opened and first poured into a decanter to allow for the breathing process and to prohibit the sediment that settles at the bottom of the bottle from being transferred into someone’s drinking glass.
Step 2: Choose your vessel
Wine glasses were designed to allow for less direct air to be touching your alcoholic grape juice, and are always recommended verses a straight cylindrical glass or cup. Stemmed or un-stemmed, choosing a wine glass with a smaller opening is the way to go to guarantee you get to enjoy the full flavor of the wine. The stem itself its purely decoration and has nothing to do with the actual wine enjoyment, other than the decadence of drinking out of a beautiful glass.
Step 3: Pour
Most people think that this is the easiest part because ‘all you have to do is pour’. Wrong. Few people know that all wine (and beer), should be poured into the glass cocked at a 30-degree angle while simultaneously cocking the glass to a 30-degree angle. You basically want to make sure that the wine is poured directly into the base of the glass and then poured directly on top of the wine you’ve already poured. This minimalizes the air intake and maximizes the flavour.
Step 4: How much to pour
Knowing how much to pour is your final hurdle, other than knowing when to stop drinking. Most new wine glasses are often market by a cut or line about inch or two-and-a-half centimeters from the base of the glass. If not, using two finger widths is a pretty good indicator of how much red wine you should pour into your glass. For white wine, use three finger lengths. This amount gives the partaker a perfect amount to enjoy, with just the right amount of air exposure to ensure full flavor.
It’s time to pop the cork, grab some glasses, and pour the perfect glass of wine. Cheers!