Tips on Pouring Wine Correctly

Although most folks do not give it a second thought, pouring wine correctly is a skill in itself. From using the right type of glass, that needs to be spotless, through to opening the bottle, allowing the wine to breathe and filling the glass to the correct level, can all make the world of difference to your enjoyment of a fine wine.

How To Pour The Perfect Glass Of Wine

As with any of the finer things in life, good wine deserves to be savored. Enjoying the perfect glass of wine can set a romantic moment, help you wind down after a long day or liven up a dinner party. But just imagine, how unappetizing, unromantic, not relaxing and certainly not lively it would be to drink your favorite wine from a shoe or a dirty glass or a plastic disposable cup with cartoon characters all over it! Make sure you do it right every time you pour a glass of wine.


You need to start with a perfectly clean, fine stemmed wineglass, made of glass or crystal – no plastic please. A glass with greasy fingerprints, water spots or, even worse, lipstick remnants, is completely unacceptable. If you make a habit to hand wash all wineglasses and dry them in a lint-free towel before putting them away, they should be in perfect condition the next time you want to enjoy your favorite beverage.

Your glass should also be the correct size, between eight and ten ounces in capacity to allow adequate room for swirling your wine. Stemmed glasses are extremely important, as the stem allows for the wine to be held without the palm of your hand heating it up too much. You should also try to use the correct glass whenever possible for the type of wine you are pouring. Flute type champagne glasses are ideal for sparkling wines because they provide a central point from which bubbles can rise. Tulip shaped glasses are great for red wine. Similar glasses that narrow at the rim are suggested for white wine in order to preserve more of the chill that enhances the wine. Once your glass has been chosen and meets inspection, the next step is opening the bottle.


It is important to choose a wine opener that you feel comfortable with. There are three main types with many variations on each. The corkscrew pull type ranges from the simple type most bartenders use, to the frustrating wing corkscrew, to the newer lever style corkscrews, which I think are the best thing since sliced bread. There is also the type which involves pumping air into the wine bottle to force out the cork – a good idea, however the needle in most of these devices can sometimes be a bit hazardous, especially to those of us typically not good with tools. The third type is a cork puller, in which there are two thin pieces of metal that slide down into the bottle on either side of the cork and will somehow facilitate in pulling out the cork.

The Pouring

However you manage to open your wine, if possible, decant it or allow it to breathe in the bottle before pouring. Hold the bottle over the middle of the glass and pour directly into the middle not on the sides, unless your wine is a sparkling type. Fill the glass only three-quarters full, to give the wine room for its full aroma to be captured. This will enhance the experience of the perfect glass of wine.

Now that you have successfully managed to get your wine from its prison into the perfectly chosen, perfectly clean stemmed glass in your hand, just sit back and enjoy. You have just mastered how to pour the perfect glass of wine. Cheers!