We’re here to answer one of the most difficult questions in the wine world:
What is a standard serving of wine? This is not only just a fun fact, but it also makes you look like you know what you’re talking about at your next dinner party.
How Many Ounces are in a Serving of Wine?
5 oz is a standard serving
Yes, only 5 oz! That means the average wine glass should notbe filled to the top! Five ounces is about 1/5 of the bottle…. not 1/3 of the bottle! For an incredible visual of 5 oz. of wine in different glasses check out this amazing infographic from Self Magazine. We are not saying NO wine — that would be ridiculous! How could you live? Wine may has some amazing health benefits, but moderation is important for your physical and mental health.
Now, that serving size is subject to change based on alcohol percentage:
What Kind of Wine Glass Should I Use?
As a general resource, here’s a chart for studying what kind of wine glasses to use for each type of wine:
We recommend using varietal specific wine glasses to enhance the enjoyment of your wine consumption.
Full-bodied red wine: Large Bordeaux glass. The larger surface area allows the aroma to build and features a smoother tasting wine, as it helps to mitigate the tannins. Consider a Merlot, a Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux blend.
Light-bodied red wine: Aroma Collector “Bourgogne” glass. The large round bowl helps corral the subtle aromas within lighter-bodied red wines.
Spicy red wine: Standard red wine glass. These glasses have the small opening perfect for shaping and softening the spice of light to medium blends. Try a Syrah, Zinfandel or Malbec here.
Sparkling wine: Champagne flute. A self-explanatory choice for, you guessed it, sparkling wines.
White wine: White wines generally do best in glasses with smaller bowls, which preserve the aroma, maintain a chilly serving temperature and help showcase the wine’s acidity. However, fuller-bodied white wines should be served in glasses with bigger bowls, such as a smoky Chardonnay.
Fortified sweet wine: Port glass. That is all.
However, if you need help alleviating some of the pain of this new serving size knowledge, we recommend using a smaller wine glass. It will give you the (false) idea that you are actually having more wine. A larger wine glass that looks half empty may tempt you to fill it up.
So, next time you think “What is a wine serving?”, remember the proper 5-ounce pour that is the suggested serving size. Restaurants haven’t been ripping you off, after all!