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It Turns Out We've Been Drinking Wine Wrong This Entire Time

It Turns Out We've Been Drinking Wine Wrong This Entire Time

Wannabe wine connoisseurs out there might know their Zinfandels from their Chardonnays, but we guarantee you're still making this massive vino faux pas.

According to a new study, one of the main errors Brits are making when enjoying their fave tipple is filling the glass up to the top.

You may be topping your wine up to the brim, thinking, surely this prevents me from having to keep reaching for the bottle, right? Well, wrong.

You should fill your red wine between a third and half way up the glass (Credit: Unsplash)
You should fill your red wine between a third and half way up the glass (Credit: Unsplash)
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There's a reason why you should be getting your wine to glass rations right and it's all to do with aeration - the process by which air is circulated through a liquid to enhance the taste.

If there's space in your glass, you are able to give it a swirl and allow the aeration to take place, whereas if you've filled to the brim, you'll likely be sipping a wine that hasn't reached its full flavour potential.

And we don't know about you, but that's a no-go by us.

There's varying advice on how high to fill your wine, but a general rule is one-third full for red, one-half full for white and three-quarters full for sparkling wines like prosecco or champers.

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Pros say you should fill white wine one-third full and fizzy wines three thirds (Credit: Unsplash)
Pros say you should fill white wine one-third full and fizzy wines three thirds (Credit: Unsplash)

Some others say you should only fill your white wine to one-third of the way to stop it from warming up too much in the glass, which also sounds smart.

The study of 2,000 adults, by OnePoll, asked Brits about a ton of other wine mistakes, too.

Other errors include holding a glass by the bulb rather than the stem, adding ice, lemonade or coke to water it down and even heating red wine on a radiator.

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Four in 10 admitted to drinking wine from something other than a wine glass and a quarter have served white wine with red meat. *Gasps.*

If there's space in your glass, you are able to give it a swirl and allow the aeration to take place (Credit: Unsplash)
If there's space in your glass, you are able to give it a swirl and allow the aeration to take place (Credit: Unsplash)

What's more, over a third have served red wine directly from the bottle instead of allowing it to 'breathe' first and 18 per cent have drunk white wine at room temperature, without chilling it beforehand.

Red wine was found to be the nation's favourite, with 42 per cent believing drinking it chilled is wrong under any circumstances and one in eight argued it should be served cold.

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While these 'rules' need only apply if you fancy yourself a bit of a connoisseur, we reckon you should be drinking your wine however suits you.

Saying that, anything that is going to make our wine taste even better is fine by us. Half way full it is...

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Wine, Tasty Drink, Food And Drink

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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