Wine Reviews Tasting Notes and Education for the Non-Snob, by Vino Joe, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

How You Pour Wine Affects Your Drinking

This information came out a few months ago, but it remains relevant: did you know that the way you pour your wine can affect how much you drink?

According to studies published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse:

- Wider glasses lead to pouring up to 12% more wine than a narrow glass.

- More wine is poured when holding the glass in hand, as opposed to pouring into a glass set on a countertop / tabletop. Again, up to 12% more.

- People tend to pour more white wine into a glass than red wine — up to 9% more. The theory is that because red wine is a more stark contrast in color, it’s easier to judge how much is being poured.

- More wine gets poured into colored glasses than in transparent glasses.

So, if you want to drink a little less tonight, make sure you serve yourself red wine in a crystal glass placed on a table. On the other hand, if you’re looking to drink a little more, hold a dark-colored glass in your hand and pour white wine into it.

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