Three Wine Glasses

Serving Wine Correctly Depends on Many Factors

Would you rather serve a good wine correctly or a great wine poorly. Few people realize that serving a great wine is just like creating any other great dish. There are many factors that go into serving wine correctly. The time that the wine has been open, the temperature at which it’s served, how long it breathes, the size and shape of the glass in which it’s served, and the time it has aged can enhance or ruin a fine wine. Hitting all of these areas can make it appear that you spent twice as much on a bottle of wine. Miss them all and you might turn even an exceptional wine into an average one.

We assume that if you’re looking at this section, you’re not a wine professional. Furthermore, you probably have a regular job paying regular wages and a normal house so it’s impossible to follow the purist’s advice. You know the ones I’m talking about. They routinely recommend $200 bottles of wine and preach having a different type glass for each type of wine. Hmm…a glass for Bordeaux wines, one for Pinot Noirs, a Riesling Glass, a Chardonnay Glass…no problem. Oh wait….now we get into the after dinner glasses. Let’s see…a Port Glass, one for Sherry…one for…never mind…you get the picture. It seems that we common folks have two choices. Buy the requisite number of wine glasses recommended by the experts, take up most of the house to store them and move your kids out to a tepee in the back yard, or find a way to make do with a more reasonable number. You get the idea.  Too often, the advice offered by the experts in wine magazines is geared to those who already know about wine and have already invested enough to pay a third world country’s debt for a couple of years.

Serving wine is like cooking a meal. Lots of ingredients go into making the perfect dish. Serving wine is the same. There are six key ingredients that go into a perfect glass of wine and wine is only one of them. Granted, it’s probably the most important, but far too often the other ingredients are ignored. In this next series of posts, you learn:

1) what type of wine glass to use
2) when to let a wine breathe and when to serve it immediately
3) everything you ever wanted to know about wine sediment – what is it and what can be done about it
4) about temperature and it’s affect on wine
5) how to store wine after it has been opened
6) how best to age wine.

The information that we provide are common sense tips for those of us who aren’t interested in taking a 2nd out on our house just to buy wine, or “properly” outfit a bar with 450 different wine glasses. Use our hints and there’s little doubt you’ll become irresistible to the opposite sex, double your income and find super bowl tickets in the gutter. Ignore them and who knows to what depths your life may sink. What’s that?  OK, apparently the lawyers have some issue with the preceding claims so ignore those.  So maybe the opposite sex will still ignore you, you’ll have the same job and the only view of the Super Bowl you’ll have is in front of a TV, but you will know how to serve wine, get the most out of your wine purchase, and you won’t have to live out of a cardboard box.

While you’re learning about wine, I strongly suggest you enjoy some as well. Go grab a bottle, pour a glass and come back to start lesson one.


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