There is one rule of etiquette that many people brake, and that’s how they hold a wine or champagne glass. You might think I’m ridiculous who is dedicating a whole post about this, but this has become my pet peeve. It annoys me so much I keep seeing it everywhere!
Unfortunately, most people are not aware of how they are holding a wine/champagne glass, so a majority of the times, they hold it incorrectly, even the jet-setters do this common mistake.
Most often, people who are educated in etiquette, wine or done a sommelier course (or just use common sense), will know that a wine or champagne glass should always be held around the stem, never on the bowl.
You might be thinking:
“Who cares how you hold the glass? Why the need of etiquette for this? Let people do what they feel is the most comfortable…”
One could argue like this, but there are many reasons for this rule.
► One of them is that if you drink something chilled like white wine or champagne, you will heat up the drink with your hand if you hold it around the bowl, and that will spoil the taste.
► Secondary, the grease of your hands leave awful fingerprints that don’t look very nice on the crystal clear glass. If you keep grabbing your glass everywhere, there won’t be much left but ugly marks all over.
► Lastly, I personally think it looks a bit rough when someone grabs a glass by the bowl with their entire hand, instead of holding delicately with the fingers on the stem. It just looks more ladylike and less of a savage. If you start noticing the difference when people do one versus the other, you will understand what I’m talking about…
The incorrect way: How NOT to hold a Wine or Champagne glass
The correct way: How to hold a wine or champagne glass properly