Whether you are serving wine to guests in your home or just having a glass with your dinner, a little knowledge goes a long way

Here are some tips on the service of wine.

Fill the wine glass only halfway.

If the wine you are serving is not rare, pour the wine into a crystal decanter and place on the table.

Most red wines should be served at “cellar temperature” (slightly cooler than room temperature.)

White wine should be chilled in the refrigerator for at least two hours before the meal.

Red wine is served in a round-bowled stemmed glass.

White wine is served in a tulip shaped glass that is narrower at the rim than the red wineglass.

Many people want to know the type of wine to have when eating certain foods. Traditionally red wines are served with red meat, poultry, lamb, game, pasta and cheese. Chicken, turkey and other poultry are complemented by either red or white wines.

Today, drinking wine is not necessarily about what goes best with the meal you are having, but simply about what you like the best.

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