How To Drink Red Wine?

   |  Updated: March 11, 2018 19:55 IST

How To Drink Red Wine?
Red wine is arguably one of the most popular choices across the globe. Out of the numerous variations, blends and flavours, red wine not only makes for the favourite drink but is also deemed as healthy. The study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that drinking a glass of red wine every night may help people with type-2 diabetes manage their cholesterol and cardiac health. However, it is recommended that you drink red wine under supervision.

Drinking red wine is no cake-walk. A drink as classy as red wine needs to be consumed with certain panache. Most of us may love savouring it; however, not many may know how to drink red wine. Here are some of the mistakes that are generally committed while drinking wine.

1. Filling the wine-glasses to the top

Red wine is a drink that needs to be enjoyed slowly and one of the most important aspects is to swirl the drinks in order to increase the amount of oxygen in the glass. Filling it to the top will not have enough room to do so.

2. Drinking red wine as soon as it is poured

You shouldn't be drinking red wine as soon as it is poured; but first you need to swirl it and sniff by sticking your nose in to the glass.

3. Over-doing it

Just because red wine has been considered as a healthy drink, it doesn't mean you load up on gallons of it every day. A glass of red wine is okay as long as you have consulted your doctor.

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A glass of red wine is okay as long as you have consulted your docto​r

4. Holding the wine glass wrong

Always hold the wine glass by the stem. This will prevent heat from your hand from undoing all the hard work you did to get the wine to the right temperature.

How to drink red wine?

Drinking red wine is an experience; therefore we have outlined the basic know-how of drinking red wine like a pro. Here's how to drink red wine.

1. Take a look at the label of the bottle

Do not start pouring the wine already; try and read the label on the bottle to get an understanding of the source of wine and how old is it.

2. Pick the right glassware

You cannot go wrong with your choice of wine glass. Make sure you choose the right one; for red wines one must go for glasses with large, rounded bowls.

3. Now pour and swirl

The idea to pour red wine in big round bowl-like glasses is to give room to exude its distinctive aroma. Pour a small amount in the glass; about one third of the glass. Now gently swirl the wine in the glass and observe any bits of solids floating around.

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The idea to pour red wine in big round bowl-like glasses is to give room to exude its distinctive aroma​

4. Sniff the glass of wine

Now, sniff the wine and know what the aroma is like. Basically, there are three levels of aromas you should be able to discern while smelling the wine.

First, you will get the scent, which is likely to be fruit based.

Second, try identifying the flavours of the wine.

Third, identify the closing note of the wine's aroma that may be a reflection of the ageing vessel, like an oak-case.

5. Taste the wine

Finally, take a small sip; wait, don't swallow it already. Let it roll around on your tongue for a moment. Take some time to assess the intense flavour. There are two ways to drink wine, one is to swallow and analyse the after taste and the other is to spit it out. You heard us! Spitting out will help you completely analyse and compare different types of red wine. It will keep your senses intact too.


So, master your red wine drinking skills by practicing a little. However, we recommend to not over-do as binge-drinking is harmful for overall health.

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