How to hold wine glass properly

The proper way to hold a wine glass is by grasping the lower half of the stem between your thumb and forefingers. This keeps your drink stable, allows you to sip easily, and looks polished in social settings. You can also pinch the bottom of the glass, where the stem meets the base.

How do you hold a wine glass elegant?

Pinch the stem of the glass between your thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Your fingers should be placed on the lower half of the stem, with your middle finger just above the base. Your ring and pinky fingers will rest on the top of the base. Give it a try.

Do you hold a wine glass by the stem or the bowl?

Generally, you’d hold a wine glass by the stem. “The thumb and first two fingers might go around the stem, and then underneath the base of the glass are the other two fingers,” Burder describes. It’s worth trying this at home first, so you’re comfortable with your new style before going out.

How should you hold a red wine glass?

You should hold a red wine glass by the stem or base. Your thumb and index fingers should pinch the stem near the base of the glass. You can tuck your remaining fingers in or rest them on the base. Essentially, you do not want to have your hands touching the bowl of the wine glass.

How does a lady hold a wine glass?


Quote from video: You're going to hold it at the stem. There's two reasons for this. The first reason is that the wine is going to get warmer. And it's going to alter the temperature if you're holding around the bowl.

What is wine etiquette?

9 Wine Etiquette Habits to Know



Hold your glass by the stem or the base. Smell your wine. Sniff it, taste it, and think about it. Try to drink from the same position on your wine glass to reduce unsightly mouth marks. When opening a wine bottle, try to do it quietly, like a ninja.

Why do you swirl the wine?

Swirling releases the wine bouquet.



When you swirl a glass of wine, you release literally hundreds of unique aroma compounds, which attach themselves to the oxygen in the air. This helps separate the aromas in the wine, enriching the smelling and tasting experience.

Why do people hold the wine glass at the bottom?

This keeps your hands off the bowl and avoids smudges and marks that could otherwise detract from the appearance of the glass.

Which part of the glass that you must avoid holding?

To hold a standard wine glass, you must avoid holding the bowl of the glass and stick to holding the stem. While some clutch the stem in their palm, making a tight fist, we think this can look a bit clumsy.