“If you want to enjoy wine, you can do so out of a clean water glass. If you want to appreciate wine, then you want to use a glass with a stem long enough to fit three adult fingers, and a bowl that comes in on itself”
Caring for your wine glasses forms an integral part of appreciating wine and this starts with the way your glasses are stored. Most of us make the mistake of storing our glasses upside down. Doing this will trap odours and stale air inside the glass. You might even be able to smell what I mean if you give a glass a good whiff straight from the shelf. The correct way to store glasses is to stand them upright, with a sheet of clear paper over the top to protect them from dust.
The most important rule when it comes to cleaning your wine glasses is to never put them in the dishwasher. I have seen too many dishwasher-washed glasses that develop a frosted effect, a definite no-no for when you want to admire the colour of the wine. Dishwashers also increase the risk of your glasses getting broken. The best thing to do is to wash each glass by hand in some warm water with a little bit of dishwashing liquid. Make sure that you rinse the glass well afterwards (again with some warm water) to get rid of all the soap. I like to leave the glasses upside down to dry and then to wipe them with a lint-free cloth until they are nice and shiny.
If shine is important to you, the best way to get your glasses to sparkle is to hold them above a steaming pot of water (or a kettle – but be careful, steam can cause a nasty burn), letting the steam cover the whole glass. Once it is covered in steam, dry it with a lint-free cloth. This method works particularly well with crystal glasses.