Why the wine glass does not fill: how to serve the drink to enjoy it better

You have probably noticed that unlike a glass or mug of beer, wine glasses are not filled, they are usually served until they are approximately 30% full. This has a reason for being, which according to the sommeliers helps to enjoy more of the qualities of the drink.

Not filling the glass allows you to better enjoy the aromas of the wine

Leaving room in the glass allows the wine to spread out aromatically. When a glass is filled almost to the top there is less surface area to smell.

“Think about the design and shape of a wine glass: It’s usually going to be a little wider towards the center, which is where it’s designed to be filled,” Jim Bube, master sommelier and national director of winery, told The Takeout. wines from the Hogsalt restaurant group.

A typical glass of wine is 17-25 oz. The serving size is 5 oz/150 ml.

The space in the glass also allows the wine to gently swirl inside the glass. This helps release the hundreds of different aromatic compounds found in the wine.. According to Wine Folly, you don’t need to constantly shake a glass of wine, just enough to release the aromas before your first sip.

An easy way to make wine swirls is by placing the glass on the table. Take the base of the glass with your thumb and forefinger and draw small circles on the table. With practice you will be able to swirl the wine in the glass without a table underneath.

Other recommendations to serve wine and enjoy it better

Choose the right cup. Wine Folly notes that you may want to find out which wine glasses suit your wine as “choosing the right glass will make any wine taste better.”

Serve slightly chilled

Serving white wine too cold and red wine too hot is not ideal. The delicate floral aromas of fine wines fade when chilled too much or burn quickly when the wine is hot. Besides, a wine above 70°F will start to smell more like alcohol due to the greater evaporation of ethanol.

Madeline Puckette, James Beard Award winner and wine communicator points out that red wine tastes best when served slightly below room temperature, 53°F to 69°F. White wine between 44 °F and 57 °F. Sparkling wine between 38°F – 45°F; champagne and high-quality sparkling wines at the same temperature as white wine.

Decant the wine

“Decanting is the one thing we always forget to do that will greatly improve the flavor of red wine,” Puckette says.

The classic and simple method of decanting wine is to pour it into a glass decanter or wine carafe and let it rest for about 30-45 minutes. No wine will be damaged except for very old red and white wines.

How to store the open bottle of wine

Wine from an open bottle left at room temperature will not last for many hours. After opening the bottle it is possible to keep the wine for a few days, if it is tightly corked and refrigerated, ideally transfer to a smaller bottle.

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