Yes, you’re doing it wrong.
I was asked about this in my recent Reddit forum and hesitated with my response… you see I find people get turned off wine when we start making things technical, complicated or – dare I say – wanky.
So let me start by saying: it’s really not that important. If you’re trying new things and enjoying what you’re drinking that’s what actually matters. That said, there is a correct way… and it’s most likely not what you’re currently doing.
If you’re interested, here it is; don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The correct way to hold a glass is by the stem, towards the base, between your thumb, forefinger and middle finger (let the rest sit naturally).
Tempreature: In theory, you want your wine to be poured at the ideal temperature for its style. For instance, I love Stoneleigh Pinot Noir slighty chilled (13-14 degrees). If you are served a wine at a specific temperature then put your warm hard around it, you’re going to heat up the glass and end up with warmer-than-ideal-wine.
For people who can tell you the exact degree they want to consume their wine – this is obviously the end of the world.
For the other 99% of the population – not such a biggie.
Because, fancy: The other issue with holding the glass around the bowl is that it leaves oily finger prints, which doesn’t look great.
And look, if you’re in a fancy enough situation that you are drinking your wine at the perfect temperature, and care about whether your fingers are leaving marks, you might as well just hold it that way, because it also simply looks fancier than the alternative.
I want your thoughts on this one: Is that a compelling enough case for you to change your grip, or do you think us winos are insane?