What is the proper way to serve wine?

We’ve opened hundreds of bottles at home in our time, and on more occasions than not it doesn’t really matter. But if you are hosting, and especially at a dinner party when serving someone else’s wine… it might be a helpful to be a little educated.

The way you serve wine is most important for personal presentation and showing your guests you know a thing about etiquette; but also experience with restaurants. Wine people respect the owner of who ever’s wine you are drinking, by using proper service methods when dealing with their wine. It also is a clear sign – who within the room has class.

The proper way to serve wine can be seen in the below video is from WSET, which is the world wide certification in wine course – and the path you need to take on your way to getting you Master of Wine Certification.

This is a restaurant tutorial presenting all steps in the wine serving process. When at home use you own judgement on what steps are necessary with your audience.

The right way to serve wine


WSET has been around for over 60 years, first originating in the UK. It is dedicated to promoting the highest educational and professional standards. It is safe to say; this is the ‘you can do no wrong method‘.

Once you’ve poured out the wine. The next logical advice is then… how to hold your wine glass?

How to hold a wine glass

So what is the correct way to hold a wine glass? Good news is. It’s dead simple.

The steps below are on how to nail your wine glass holding:

  1. Place out your writing-hand and pick up your stemmed wine glass.
  2. Hold the stem between your thumb and first two fingers.
  3. Your middle finger should rest on the stem just above the base. Only these three fingers will come into direct contact with the stem of the glass.
  4. Use you remaining two fingers should naturally rest on top of the base.

This is the standard way to hold a wine glass.

All wine glass holding options

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When in a stable position – hold your wine like this. a) On the couch
b) At the restaurant
And if you’re at a party you certainly need more leverage.

Speaking of holding stemware and wine glasses properly.

Do you need proper glassware, or can I use stemless glassware?

This timeless debate will always come down to personal preference. As well as current glassware options at your disposal and how much you’re willing to fork out for the pro kit.



Does drinking wine out of a stemless glass change the taste of wine?

glass of wine is going to taste just as good in a glass created specifically for that wine as it will in a stemless. What matters most is the wine itself and how it was made. Not the glass.

There are several different wine glasses for different types of wine and it is important to consume them properly.


This video should help you pick which glass to pick for your wine.




This is much a debated topic among home owners and is based on person preference. Since hearing many times this question – ‘Is there a right way to hold a wine glass’? This verdict and we cannot deny it.

The pro’s use proper wine glasses. Sommiliers and wine experts always use wine glasses. And that is for a couple of smart reasons.

Reasons to use proper stemware when drinking wine:

  • Aromatics – So much of the enjoyment in wine comes about from the aromas. We want to maximize aromas when tasting. This will correspond to the shape.
  • Oxidization
  • Temperature – Humans range from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C) and our hands will heat the wine faster. This will increase the speed of the molecular change.
  • Feel – If you’re willing to pay $20 for a decent bottle of wine. Why not spend the same for an elegant experience you look forward to everyday?

Stemmed glasses are the way to go!

Wine glass recommendations

If you’re enjoying wine everyday you should be using proper stemware.

What makes a glass great?

  1. Its got to make the wine taste great
  2. Quality build and feel
  3. Have to be usable – storage, polishing and dishwasher
  4. Durability

If you do not have any stemware in your house. We recommend getting first, one universal glass that will satisfy any wine. And here’s a low cost, and high cost option.

That leave’s one more step to service. The cork removal of course.

Truth be told, if you open a wine using the WSET method above you should be able to open 95% of wines today with any opener.

What if I happen to have my paws on the other 5%…. We can guarantee that you will be in this position one day. And when you do not have the right tools it can be frustration.

So rather than race down to the shop or knock on your neighbors door during a gathering with friends in search of more serious wine opener. See more serious wine lover options below.

Best wine opener

In today’s world, a glass of wine is no longer a luxury. IEven a necessity! It boosts your brain power and makes you feel relaxed. At the end of the day, it’s effin’ essential. Don’t you agree? Of course, there’s one thing that bars everyone from enjoying a glass or two of your favorite wine – the cork.

can opener won’t do the trick. We also can imagine just how the lack of a wine opener can result in tragedy. We can also relate to the ultimate relief you feel when you finally find your corkscrew hiding behind all that junk in your kitchen drawer. Now, if you’re in the market for a wine opener, you should know right off the bat that there are several different types.

So, to avoid trying your patience with all that jargon, we’ve decided to just list down the easiest, top quality or the best wine openers there are that you can choose from. You can take it all from there.

Why do I need this in my toolkit?

Well if you can’t get the cork out cleanly. If you forget to use the proper method. Or that your wine is old and delicate, hence the cork diminished – you may be in trouble.

If you have ever opened a wine, and realized a some reminisce of the cork is still in the bottle, it’s not fun fishing it out. This usually happens when you apply pressure with the wine corkscrew. In the case that it does happen with an old, or poorly opened wine. You have a couple of options. They include a slow pour over a decanter to drain the cork and sediment out; coffee and team filter paper (which will take longer), or to use a fine coffee or tea seive to disconnect the cork from the juice. Poor the wine through the filtration method into each glass or larger carafe, for individual glass pouring.

For more creative options – See “How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew” in our Hacks section.