1 / How to hold a glass of wine?
There is a certain way to hold your glass of wine. In general, you have to catch your glass by the stem, and not by the chalice. Pick up the rod with your thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Your ring and little fingers should not touch the rod; they must rest on the plinth. This is the most classic way to hold your glass. It keeps it stable. You can arrange your fingers in another way on the stem, but know that to hold a glass of wine by the chalice is a sacrilege for the vinophiles; this could heat up the wine and alter its taste.
2 / How to place the glasses on the table?
Knowing how to properly place glasses on a table is quite an art. There are certain rules to follow. You must have at least two glasses on your table (one for water and one for wine), and four at most. First of all, you have to arrange the glasses from left to right, from the largest to the smallest. This arrangement allows easy access to the glasses without being hampered. So start by placing the water glass, the white wine glass then the red wine glass, and finally the champagne flute. The glasses must be well aligned on the same line; note that in France the glasses are generally arranged slightly diagonally, while in England, they are parallel to the edge of the table.
3 / How to taste wine?
Wine tasting appeals to the three senses of our sight, our smell and our taste. Each of these senses is exploited one after the other. Here are the three stages of a good tasting. The sight: First of all, you have to observe the color of the wine, that is to say its color and appearance. Take your glass, reach out to face a light-colored wall, and tilt the glass slightly. Observe the intensity of its color, the way the surface of the wine reflects light, its viscosity and clarity. Smell: The smell of wine gives an indication of its quality. A wine made up of several aromas that can still be distinguished from one another is a quality wine. The taste: By swallowing a few sips of wine, you will be able to smell its different aromas and discover its length; the length of a wine is the intensity of the aromas that persist in the mouth after having drunk it.
4 / How to clean your beautiful glasses?
In order to keep the shine of your glasses as long as possible, it is important to know how to clean them correctly. Here are some tips. With vinegar: To restore shine to a tarnished glass, wash it in cold water, adding a few drops of vinegar. So that there are no streaks, wipe it off directly. With a potato: Surprisingly but effective, rub your glass with a round of potato, rinse it, and wipe it dry. With soda crystals: This technique consists of recovering a particularly dirty glass. In a basin, pour hot water and a handful of soda crystals (soda crystals are harmful to the skin, put on a pair of gloves before handling them). Leave them to soak for a good hour, and always rinse them with hot water before wiping them dry.
5 / What are the main types of glasses?
There are many types of table glasses. Here are some details that will help you see more clearly. Water glass: This glass can be found with or without a stem. It is used without a stand most of the time, and with it for large meals. He is usually the tallest at the table. Wine glass: You are no doubt familiar with the existence of wine glasses. But did you know that some glasses are more suitable for red wine and others for white wine? This is because the shape of the glass can affect the flavor of the wine. Red wine glasses are taller and wider, which allows the wine to be in contact with the air as much as possible; the oxidation of red wine would reveal its true aroma. As for white wine glasses, they are narrower at the top, and their stem is longer; unlike red wine, it is preferable to limit their oxidation. Champagne flute: The flute is a very thin glass with a long stem. If its diameter is so small, it is because it makes it possible to reduce the contact surface with the air, and thus keep the bubbles as long as possible.