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So maybe the latter isn’t all that age appropriate, but I’ve always wondered if the wine glass I’m drinking out of matters. Luckily, it’s Wine Week over at the Kitchn, and that’s exactly what they’re decoding. Dana Velden considers the meaning of stemmed vs. stemless in her article, and arrives at an all too relatable observation:

“When drinking from a proper wine glass I become, ever so slightly, a different person. Or at least different qualities are brought forth: more attention, more care, a touch of formality.”

In response, wine-educator Mary Gorman-McAdams breaks things down a bit more scientifically, explaining the seven factors that affect how a wine glass does its job. (Spoiler: it’s much more complicated than simply holding the wine.)

Stem length aside, I still say drink out of what makes you happy.

Do Good Wine Glasses Really Matter? 7 Factors Affecting How a Wine Glass Works from The Kitchn

Are Stemmed Wine Glasses Necessary? from The Kitchn


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over 3 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

All very sound advice. (Especially that last part!)


over 3 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Stemmed wine glasses aren't "necessary," but I prefer them because I'd rather not warm up my wine with my hands. Also -- don't laugh to loud -- we've tested this out, and the wine tastes better in proper wine glasses than it does in tumblers. Even the cheap stuff!

So drink what you like, in whatever vessel you like, but don't make a big deal out of it. That's my philosophy. And don't buy wine glasses you can't run through the dishwasher! (Unless you love washing them by hand.)