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How Much Wine?

Have you ever been offered a wine glass of red wine filled almost to the top? Isn’t it annoying as you spend more time concentrating on not spilling it than on the conversation? Needless to say wine glasses should not be filled to the top. So what’s right? Today the standard is to fill a glass with wine 1/3 to 1/2 full. Since white wine glasses tend to be smaller than red, this means that the glass will hold less white wine. By filling wine glasses only half full, it allows one to swirl the wine allowing molecules of aromas to enhance your taste of the wine. The nose can smell many more aromas than the mouth can taste. The nose and mouth work together in the tasting. There is one exception to the red and white guidelines, that is Champagne or sparkling wine. When using the flute stemware, pour the Champagne or sparkling wine to within 1/2 to 1 inch from the rim. Most of all, remember to sip your wine and enjoy the taste and the occasion.

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