Pouring wine is more than just tipping a bottle over a glass. Certain wines need to breathe before drinking, and pouring the right amount is essential. Check out these four great tips for pouring the perfect glass of wine.
- Not all wines are served cold, so be sure to keep bottles at the correct temperature before pouring. White and sparkling wines are best served between 40—50 degrees Fahrenheit; full-bodied whites and light, fruity reds, 50—60 degrees Fahrenheit; full-bodied reds and Ports, 60—65 degrees Fahrenheit. Invest in a thermometer to be sure you have the right temperature.
- Give the bottle a quick taste test before serving. This will give you an idea of its temperature and familiarize yourself with what you're pouring.
- The right glass gives the wine room to open up its flavors. Tulip-shaped glasses are ideal and be sure they are clean, as musty or grimy glasses can ruin a wine flavor.
- If serving a red wine, pour it into a decanter first to let it sit for an hour before serving. The full flavor of the wine will be evident on the first sip.