How To Hold A Wine Glass

Posted on 10-03-2017

Author: Sue Straight Date: 6/11/2015 “How do you hold a wine glass?” I get asked this question frequently. The first thing I would say is “carefully and upright, so you don’t spill the wine,” but there actually is a right and a wrong way to hold a glass of wine. Let’s start with the wrong ways: Do not cup your hands and ask the server to pour wine into them. I tried that once and it didn’t turn out well. Good wine glasses tend to be rather thin, so don’t crush your glass with your manly (or womanly) strength. Easy, now. Don’t hold your wine glass by the bowl, unless it’s stemless and you have no choice or the wine is really cold and you are trying to warm it up. Do not tip your glass when someone is trying to serve you wine. It’s awkward and will just piss off your server. Do not cup your wine glass with both hands, unless the wine is served too cold and you are trying to warm it up. In that case, just nod and smile knowingly. You look cooler than you think. Now, the correct ways: Do hold your wine glass by the stem, unless, of course, it doesn’t have one or your wine is served too cold. Do hold your glass upright when someone is trying to serve you. They will appreciate that. Do remove your lipstick or chapstick before handling any kind of wine glass. Just sayin’. Cool random fact: If your wine glass has a stem, you don’t need to use a coaster. And now a toast for you, proper handler of wine glasses: ‘Here’s to the man Who owns the land That bears the grapes That makes the wine That tastes as good As this one does.” Omar Khayam