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Your glassware is too big, and other advice about drinking

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As we enter the post-COVID ramp in home entertaining, you may find yourself with more guests in your home than you've been used to having lately. And I want to propose you impose a rule that I have in my house: Drinks should be consumed from the right glass.

Sometimes, guests in my home try to be "helpful" by saying they'll just keep their glass when switching to a new kind of beverage. In the most extreme cases, this can involve some insanity like pouring wine into a highball glass.

This offends me. Why do you think I bought all this glassware? If people are just going to drink wine out of a rocks glass, then what was the point of getting all these glasses for white wine, red wine and cocktails? I have a dishwasher; you are not putting me out by changing to the right glass.

Tall, narrow glasses retain carbonation well. Wider, shorter glasses keep your nose close to the beverage and emphasize aromas. Great big wine glasses let wine "breathe," improving flavors in the same way decanters do. But for wines that don't need to breathe, a smaller glass with less exposed wine surface area will keep the wine colder.

Not every glassware shape is practical. I hate martini glasses and do not have any in my home. They look cool but their sloped sides mean they spill much too easily. There's........

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