Blue Lifestyle

Home of James Beard Foundation Award winner Anthony Dias Blue, one of the most influential food, wine, spirits, and lifestyle personalities in the United States.

Overfill!

I know I’m in the wrong restaurant when the server fills my wine glass to the brim. Over-filling is a cynical but usually unsuccessful ploy to sell more wine. A proper wine glass is designed with a bulge about a third the way up and should only be filled to the point where the glass is widest. Our sense of taste is largely based on smell. The widest part of the glass allows the aroma to fill the glass. The space in the glass allows you to swirl the wine around before drinking it, further releasing aromas. Avoid Victorian-style wine glasses that have sides that taper outward. Try swirling wine in these glasses and you’ll get a lap full of pinot noir. Also, wine glasses are top-heavy and tend to tip over if they’re brim full.

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