How to Drink Wine Like a Pro

Local wine sellers offer tips on wine storage, serving, pairings and more.

Glassware

Nothing looks prettier than a voluptuous red in an equally voluptuous glass, but there is a rationale beyond the aesthetics. “Choose a wineglass with a relatively generous circumference. This gives the wine more surface area to come in contact with oxygen and allows the wine to breathe,” Rosen says. “The same principle applies to champagne flutes, which have gotten wider as the quality of sparkling wines has improved. Today, people are using white-wine glasses to serve sparkling whites or rosés.”

Do you need a panoply of different glasses for different wines? Not really. “I don’t personally believe in a special glass for every type of wine,” Buckley says. “For everyday, I have an all-purpose Riedel glass with a large, round bowl. For picnics, boating and outdoor parties, I love the Govino stemless glasses. They are shatterproof, recyclable and BPA free.”

Todd Bennett, a sales rep for local wine and beer distributor Virginia Imports, holds a similar view. “Proper glassware really lets the wine open up, but I’m also a fan of keeping it practical,” he says. “I love good stemless crystal that I can wash in the dishwasher, or even just a small juice glass for those weeknight wines. Hey, it’s worked in European cafés and around the family dinner table for generations.”

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