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Rules when handling connoisseur glasses

1. Filling the Wine Glass

Fill the glass only to the widest diameter of its bowl. This will ensure maximum development of the wine's bouquet, andalso provide the most elegant table setting.

2. Holding the Wine Glass

The appropriately filled glass should always be held by the stem rather than the bowl, as heat from the hand could raise the temperature above its optimum and negatively influence the bouquet of the wine.

3. Swirling the Wine Glass

Carefully swirling the glass allows oxygen into the wine by increasing its surface area and helps release the wine's rich, mature aroma.

4. Why and how to decant wines

To decant wine means to transfer it from its bottle to a decanter or carafe before drinking. During storage or aging, wine can develop a solid deposit or sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Decanting is an easy means of separating the sediment from the wine. It also helps the wine breathe, as the greater surface diameter lets more oxygen reach the wine than the bottle does. Red wines should be decanted well before serving and allowed to rest at room temperature for up to one hour to allow the wine to fully develop its bouquet.

5. Wine Temperature

Before decanting/ or serving wine, store it at appropriate temperatures (red wine 59 63°F, 15 17°C, white wines at 50 54°F, 10 12°C). The proper serving temperature enhances the quality of the wine by allowing it to fully develop its characteristic aromas and flavours.

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