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How Many Milliliters In A Glass Of Wine?

This post was updated on: November 1, 2018

How Many Milliliters In A Glass Of Wine?

How Many Milliliters In A Glass Of Wine?

In the world of wine drinkers, most do not actually think about the glass they are putting their wine into and how much they are filling it. So, how many milliliters in a glass of wine?

It is more of a microscopic detail that they gloss over in their search for the sweet aromas of a fine red wine or a plush cabernet. It may even seem like a completely unimportant aspect of your drinking. Although we tend to focus on the big details when getting ready to drink our much beloved bottle of favorite wine, the glass itself and how it contains your wine can be just as important. The ideal wine glass does more than store your wine adequately but also exceeds the expectation of the drinker. It is not just a means to an end and is instead essential in the pleasure of drinking your wine.

Anatomy of a Wine Glass

Set of types of wine and glasses red white sparkling and dessert wine

While all types of glasses vary in some way, there is a base structure that most follow.

At the bottom of the glass is the foot which is a flat circle at the bottom. It allows the glass to remain upright and keeps your drink stable and standing. A wobbly base can lead to multiple mishaps that no one wants. With that being said, the company that makes the foot considers that as a factor when making their glass.

Next is the stem used to grasp the wine glass. The stem is a long bar that runs from the foot to the bowl. It is made with comfort in mind so the user can easily keep a grip on their glass. It prevents your hand from warming the wine by holding it around the bowl.

Considering this though, some companies choose to remove the stem for various reasons leading to a stemless wine glass. Stemless wine glasses are a bit hit or miss when it comes to wine drinkers, some love them, while others are less than thrilled when presented with one. It’s all about personal preference.

Then you have the bowl that is used as the main receptacle for your beverage. The bowl is the round cup part used to hold the contents of your wine. It is considered to be the most important aspect of the wine glass. It comes in the most contact with your drink and has the opportunity to make or break the experience.

There can be a lot of variation between all glasses in terms of size and shape of the bowl. Each bowl is designed with different wines in mind. A cabernet wine glass may be taller while a burgundy wine glass is wider. This is often times the most diverse part of a glass that separates it from its competition. Finally, you have the rim of your newly acquired glass.

The rim is usually thinly made to allow for the drinker to pick up on the more delicate aspects of the wine without interference from the texture or taste of the glass. The thinner the rim the more likely you are to just get the pure wine flavor.

Many believe that every wine requires a completely original and distinctive glass. They feel it adds to the overarching flavor story of each individual wine and increases their appreciation of it. Different types of wine glasses provide a variety of scenarios for your enjoyment. A burgundy red wine glass, for example, will be wider and have a bigger opening at the rim while a sparkling wine flute will be taller, slimmer, and have a smaller opening at the rim.  The red wine glass will have the taste start on the top of your tongue and have it glide down.

However, the sparkling wine flute will maximize the carbonation of your beverage. The different shapes allow the drinker to have a more superb drinking experience for all the wines in your collection. They highlight the unique tastes and bouquet that make up the wine. They give the drinker a different admiration for the wines they present and how they present them. 

Among these differences in glass design are a few agreed upon attributes that most if not all wine glasses possess. For instance, the bottom half of a wine bowl should be wider than the rim. This allows for the drinker to swirl their wine around to achieve optimal ability to breath in the more intimate scents. It also prevents spilling out the top when you are swirling your drink.

Another instance is that wine glasses should be clear no matter what they are made of. This shows off the wine and lets the drinker and others have a true appreciation for the beverage inside the glass.

How Many Milliliters in a Wine Glass?

Did you know that the traditional wine bottle contains approximately five glasses of wine in it? Whether you knew this or not, I’m sure you’ve lived it on a night out with friends or date night with your partner. The average wine bottle is composed of seven hundred and fifty milliliters which are then divided into glasses with an estimated one hundred and fifty milliliters.

One hundred and fifty milliliters is seen as the ideal serving of wine. It is viewed as enough for the taster to get a true feel for the wine but not overflow their glass. It also gives room to swish the wine around. As stated above, this creates the optimal aroma and impression. This size is also recommended by professionals who say it is the perfect amount for consumption in a single sitting.

When the glasses are made, the designer generally keeps in mind how high the common wine drinker fills their glass. They then take that number, one hundred and fifty milliliters as a base, and extend on it to leave more room so it’s not overflowing.

Great care and detail go into the production of these things and wine content is just another aspect that is considered. If a wine glass is smaller there is generally a reason behind that which does not include average serving size. It usually involves the way unique shapes affect the flavor of the wine.

But everyone enjoys their wine differently. How much you put in your wine glass can depend on the amount in the bottle, the setting in which you are drinking, and who is serving you. A smaller bottle might be savored for longer with smaller drinks. On the other hand, a bigger bottle may encourage you to add more to your glass.

The setting and who is serving you go hand in hand in affecting your choices of serving size. You might have more in your glass at a party than on a quiet night in or you could drink a bit more after a long and stressful day than you would on a regular Tuesday.

Restaurants tend to serve a slightly larger amount to their customers. Many see this as a great thing because it gives them more for what they are paying. The average glass of wine at a restaurant is filled between one hundred and seventy and one hundred and ninety milliliters.

Wine glasses come in an array of styles and each has its own set of benefits and specifications. Many of them, while differing in shape and design, still have good common ground for how they present your wine.

From the tallest of red wine glasses to the smallest of burgundy ones and from base to bowl to rim, great consideration is taken to improve your drink. A glass with the capacity for one hundred and fifty milliliters plus extra room leaves the ideal amount of space in your glass. Serving size is really important for any wine drinker and can influence your entire sampling. It may seem like a small detail but it will work to improve on your drinking.

Everything from serving size to glass shape to empty space in your glass makes a big difference in how you experience your wine. If this article can teach you anything, it is to not overlook the small details of your fresh glass of wine.

Take the time to enjoy it and think about these things. I can guarantee you’ll feel like you’re getting more out of your sitting and leave with a sense of understanding. Even if you’re not someone who is a die-hard wine fan, you’ll feel better about your drink when you take the time to become more thoughtful of it.

Final Thoughts

So when you open up your next new bottle of wine, think about the wine glass, what it contains, and how it contains it. It’s a delicate balance that is kind of amazing to think about and if you take the time to appreciate it you will definitely feel this way. Wine isn’t just a drink and the more you know about it the better time you’ll have drinking it. And who knows, maybe next time you have your favorite glass of wine, you could find yourself savoring it just a little bit more than you thought you would originally or ever have.

About the Author

Although not having any formal training in wine, Tim has developed an irrefutable love wine and interest in anything related to it ever since he was a little kid. Coming from a family of wine lovers, it was from a young age that he got exposed to wine and the culture that goes with it and has been addicted ever since. Having traveled to dozens of wine regions across the world including those in France, Italy, California, Australia, and South Africa and tasted a large selection of their wines, it is with great joy that he hopes to share those experiences here and take you along on the journey.

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