This is why you should never pour your wine to the top of the glass

While we’d always advocate drinking responsibly, we will also admit that when it comes to pouring our wine, we often lean on the side of a generous measure. But now a new study has revealed that filling your wine glass up to to the rim is actually one of the biggest faux pas you can make – and the reason why might surprise you.

The survey, commissioned by Virgin Wines and conducted by One Poll, took into account the responses of 2,000 adults from across the UK, to uncover the mistakes we’re all making when it comes to enjoying a glass of vino.

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A number of issues were raised, from using the wrong type of glass to the temperature at which we serve the tipple, but the one which surprised us most was the rule about only filling the glass. So, why can’t we judge our own serving by eye, and why does it matter if we keep pouring past the designated line?

It’s all down to the flavour; experts say that ‘if you fill the glass all the way to the top, the wine will taste closed-off and tight, and you won’t be able to swirl it without spilling.’ Wine typically also tastes better if it’s allowed to aerate or ‘breathe’ for a few minutes and release its aromatics.

So, if you’re throwing caution to the wind and pouring up to the brim regardless, you might think it’s convenient to have to reach for the bottle less often – but you could actually be lessening your enjoyment of the drink in the process.

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So, how much wine should I be pouring?

The varying shapes and sizes of red and white wine glasses are specifically designed to help you serve up the optimum measure when it comes to taste and aeration. If you’re unsure, a good rule of thumb is to fill red wine glasses one-third of the way up, white wine glasses one-half and sparkling wines by about three-quarters.

However, according to Virgin Wine’s research, these aren’t the only challenges we’re encountering when it comes to serving up the perfect glass of wine – here are the top 20 errors they saw across the nation.

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The most common wine drinking mistakes

  1. Holding a wine glass by the bulb, and not the stem
  2. Drinking wine from something that isn’t a wine glass
  3. Serving red wine directly from the bottle and not allowing it to ‘breathe’ first
  4. Damaging the wine cork and pushing the cork down the bottle
  5. Mispronouncing a type / name of wine
  6. Pouring red wine into a white wine glass or white wine into a red wine glass
  7. Serving white wine with a red meat
  8. Filling a wine glass to the very top
  9. Keeping a bottle of wine open for too long
  10. Putting ice cubes in wine
  11. Serving the entire bottle of a good quality red
  12. Adding lemonade or coke to red or white wine to water it down
  13. Serving white wine at room temperature
  14. Storing corked wine vertically
  15. Drinking wine from a bottle rather than a glass
  16. Corking a bottle of red wine and drinking it anyway
  17. Trying to use a corkscrew on a screwcap
  18. Serving a ‘heavy’ red wine with fish
  19. Heating red wine on a radiator
  20. Pretending to know what a wine’s ‘bouquet’ was even though you had no idea