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6 mistakes you should NEVER make if you love wine!

Love wine but not quite sure you’re drinking it in the right way? Not to worry, we’ve compiled 6 of the most common mistakes people make, and how you can avoid them!


By Christabel Brain
2017/03/02, 06:08 PM

1. Serving red wine at room temperature 

One of the most common misconceptions about red wine is that it is best served at room temperature. In actual fact, if you cool red wine in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving, it improves the flavour and is the best way to enjoy your wine!

2. Serving white wine straight from the fridge

White wine tastes best when taken out of the fridge for 20 minutes before serving to enhance the aromas. It’s also worth bearing in mind that a wine served cool will warm up in the glass, while a wine served warm will only get warmer. It’s always best to start off with your wine a little below its target temperature

3. Holding your wine glass by the bowl (the top of the glass)

Never hold your glass by the bowl if you want to be taken seriously as a wine-lover! For those wanting to look sophisticated, hold the wine by the stem. If you really want to pass as a wine connoisseur, hold your wine glass by the foot!

4. Using the middle of the glass to toast

Clinking wine glasses with your fellow drinking partners has long since been a must in the wine drinking ritual, but are you doing it right? Glasses should clink together only at the top, protecting it from breakages.

5. Only airing your vintage wines

Contrary to popular belief, it is the youngest wines that benefit the most from being aired before serving. They can be decanted or opened for a good half an hour before serving to really showcase their aromas. Many vintage wines do not need to be aired

6. Storing a bottle of wine standing up

Wine should always be stored lying flat on its side so that it doesn’t get corked. Darkness and stillness are two of a wines favourite friends: you may be tempted to store your wine on your kitchen shelf, but this is not the best for your bottle!

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