June 21st, 2011 by jolan in wine tips
If you are like most people then everything goes into the dishwasher, including wine glasses. Proper stemware care protects the tastes of your wine.
The purist have the following rule – “you should flush your glass 4 or 5 times with only hot water to get rid of the wine residue, fingerprints and lipstick and you should never, ever, wash your stemware in the dishwasher.”
Wine stemware can be divided into two broad categories – regular everyday glass stemware and everything else, or specifically more porous glassware. Often the “special occasion” glasses found in the china cabinet.
Thankfully, the regular everyday glass stemware can be washed in the dishwasher. Just don’t use the heated dry option.
Greater care must be taken with the porous glass as it can easily absorb soapy flavors and this will alter the wine. The easiest way to care for these is to wash in the hottest water that is comfortable, with a small amount of mild dish soap and baking soda. The baking soda will both soften the water and boost the power of the soap. Focus your efforts on the outside of the glass – the fingerprints, lipstick and food residue. Finally rinse the bowl very well with hot water and then rinse again. You can dry the glasses by placing them upside down or with a lint free towel.
Your glass is now ready for its next use.