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The 4 Most Common Wine Faux Pas

The 4 Most Common Wine Faux Pas

Date: January 4th, 2016 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Around The World , News, Tasting Notes , Wine

While I’ve written extensively about wine in the past, including posts about delicious Champagnes, the art of decanting fine wines, and even covering top wine conversation starters – I realized I’ve never written about wine etiquette before.

When it comes to drinking wine, there are a number of faux pas that surprisingly many people don’t seem to know about.

With all of the painstaking work that wine producers put into cultivating the perfect grapes and then into crafting the most delicious wine, some of these faux pas need to be addressed!

1. Filling up your glass too high

While this may seem harmless, it can have a horrendous outcome! If your wine glass is filled too high, you won’t be able to swirl your wine properly, and this can affect your ability to smell its delicious aromas.

Another downfall? You are certainly much more likely to spill on yourself!

While it does differ with the types of wine, I recommend filling red wine glasses one-third full, white wine glasses one-half full, and sparkling wines three-quarters full.

2. Holding a wine glass by the bowl

As you probably know, the tasting notes of wine are greatly altered by the temperature that it is served at.

Holding a glass by the bowl can affect the temperature of your wine, and therefor the taste, and it will not be enjoyed to the fullest! Hold your wine by the stem of the glass to ensure a tastier sip

3. Storing red wine in the fridge

As I’ve said previously, the temperature of wine will greatly effect how it tastes

I advise wine drinkers to be wary of the phrase “serve at room temperature,” since our homes have become about 5 degrees warmer since the term was developed. However, most reds should only be stored in the fridge for about an hour, and let to stand for about half-an-hour, before serving – not kept in the fridge!

The only exceptions to this rule would be some of the light and fruity red varieties, including Lambruscos and Beaujolais.

For a full list of proper wine temperatures for reds and whites, see my wine chart here.

4. Mixing Coca-Cola with wine

This new wine trend simply makes me shake my head in despair!

Only recently in Spain and in the South of France, wine drinkers have started to mix red wine with Coca-Cola beverages and has been dubbed “The Kalimotoxo.”

Although The New York Times has called it “Sangria-esque,”I just can’t see why anyone would subject a red to such cruel and unusual treatment!

When it comes to wine, yes there are faux pas, but it really comes down to individual taste and preference. I only hope you can take these mere suggestions and continue to appreciate wine in the way you like to enjoy it.


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