Have you ever wondered how to properly use and maintain a wine glass? Yes, there’s actually such a thing. A wine glass isn’t like any other glass you’ll use or have in your kitchen. To clean it entails more than just chugging it in the dishwasher. As for the use, it’s not like holding just a regular glass. 

You don’t have to be a wine expert to master this art. For as long as you love serving and drinking wine from time to time, then it really pays to learn the basics by reading through sources like this, or perhaps even going through National Wine School. For this latter option of taking a wine course, you can watch this video first before proceeding below for more insights on why it’s such a good idea:

It’s not a pleasant experience to have spent a great deal of time looking for the perfect wine glasses and then later on not have the most of their use, simply because you’re unaware of how to do so. 

If you love wine, it’s an absolute must to learn how to properly use and maintain your wine glass. So, let this article be your guide.

Hold The Wine Glass At The Stem

Technically, you can hold wine glasses anywhere, but a good and safe practice is always to hold it on the stem. As much as this can feel like a very silly thing to do, holding at the stem has become quite the standard in terms of social etiquette and temperature. Here’s why:

  • As to temperature, the wine can stay cooler for a longer time when you’re only holding on to the stem. The heat from your hands doesn’t make it on to the wine itself.
  • As for social appearance, it looks more refined, polite, and classier when the wine glass stays clean, without any greasy fingers around.

If the wine glass is a stemless one, you have no choice but to hold the glass itself. Avoid holding from the top or middle. Hold as little as possible to avoid heat from transferring from your body to the glass.

Never Fill Your Wine Glass To The Top

Perhaps you’ve ordered wine too many times but have also been left wondering why the restaurants never seem to fill your wine glass to the top? There’s a good reason for this. There are standard pour sizes according to the different kinds of wines. 

The reason behind this is that leaving space in the glass without the wine itself allows for some breathing space for the wine. It gives you enough opportunity to detect the wine’s aroma and flavor before you even take a sip.  

As your guide, here are some of those standard pour sizes to follow: 

  • ¾ only of the glass for sparkling wine like champagne;
  • A third of the glass for red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir;
  • Half a glass of white wine like Sauvignon Blanc.

If you have a collection of different wines in your wine cellar, the list above is one worth learning. You’re sure to impress your guests when you’ve gone to that extent in learning how to use a wine glass correctly.

Avoid The Dishwasher When Cleaning Your Wine Glasses

The dishwasher really is a time and life-saver when doing chores. But you may want to skip it when it comes to washing your wine glasses. There’s no better way to wash it than through using your hands. By doing so, you won’t have any accidental breakage. 

Washing your wine glasses by hand is especially necessary if you have thin and delicate wine glasses. If you really can’t help but wash the wine glasses with other kitchen items, situate them in such a way that they’re not kept dangerously too close with each other.

Dry The Wine Glasses Right Away

Another facet of keeping your wine glasses well maintained is through preventing any water spots from settling in the glass. This can happen when you leave the water to dry on its own. A simple fix to prevent this from happening is by drying the wine glasses right away. 

Like washing, do this by hand. It only takes a quick wipe down with a good soft microfiber cloth for this to be done successfully.

Learn How To Clean Stains

There might be some stains in your wine that it’ll be harder to clean. This fact is the reason why you also need to learn how to spot clean.  

The best way to do this is to use vinegar. You can remove dark stains like lipstick by using vinegar to clean it up. It’s natural, effective, and won’t leave an odor as well.


Quality wine glasses can be quite expensive. So, when you have one, you’ll want to be able to take the best care of it. Expert wine connoisseurs would say that the taste of wine can sometimes be affected by the quality of the wine glass you have. When you’ve invested in a few, then it’s worth mastering the art of using and maintaining wine glasses. They can be a bother to clean, but it’s worth it in the name of fine wine.

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