There are so many issues that can affect the quality of the Italian wine that you drink. The most obvious ones relate to the producer, their land, and the effort that they put into producing their wine. A bad vintage is a bad vintage, no matter how much of a spin you try to put on it.
But there are plenty of external factors that also affect the quality of the wine. For example, failing to store the wine in the correct conditions causes problems. Refrigerating an Italian red wine generally puts it on the fast track to spoiling, while ageing a white for too long can lead to it going sour.
Even the way you open and pour a glass of wine can have an effect on its quality. Simply put, there are so many things that can go wrong that many people forget about a simple thing that can also have a huge effect:
Your wine glass.
No, we’re not talking about selecting the right type of glass for certain types of wine. That’s important, of course, but it’s not the only glass-related issue to concern yourself with.
There are also several issues related to the cleanliness of the glass that can tamper with the quality of your wine.
The Potential Issues
So, what can cause a glass to create problems with the wines that you drink?
Here are a few of the most common problems.
Dust and Other Particles
Let’s say that you’re not a regular wine drinker. This means that your glasses may end up being sat in a cupboard for weeks, or even months, on end before you use them again.
All of this creates more time for the glass to collect dust and other particles that can affect the wine from the moment it’s poured into the glass. Don’t assume that keeping the glasses in a secure cupboard will help either. Microscopic particles have a habit of finding even the most remote of places. If you’re not using your wine glasses regularly, you’re likely going to have to get rid of some dust and other particles before pouring yourself a glass of wine.
Generally speaking, you’ll want to store your glasses in a cool, dark place. Storing them out in the open means that you’re exposing them to any bacteria that may be floating around the room.
This is especially the case if you keep your glasses in the kitchen. Whenever you prepare food, you’re likely to release some bacteria into the air. Moreover, improper cleaning of work surfaces and utensils can lead to more bacteria growing and spreading. If you leave your wine glasses exposed in such conditions, they’re likely to collect bacteria as well as dust and other particles.
Of course, the natural solution to these two problems is to clean the glassed before you use them. But even that can present a few problems.
For example, if you wash the glasses by hand, you risk leaving residue behind from whatever soap that you’ve used to wash the glass. The same goes for the soap that you use in your dishwasher. Failing to get rid of this residue can lead to it getting into your wine, which again alters the taste the composition of the wine.
Even the way that you dry the glass may cause a problem. Using a towel to dry the glass can again lead to the spread of bacteria. It also doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get rid of the soap residue that can alter the quality of your wine. In some cases, you’ll just spread the residue across the glass, which actually means that it’s more likely to get into the wine after pouring.
Imperfections in the Glass
Unfortunately, there are some problems that cleaning the glass can do nothing about. For example, glasses that have scratches, especially on the inside, present a couple of problems for the wine that you drink.
Firstly, you have the most practical issue. Scratches inside a wine glass means that glass particles can get into anything that you drink out of it. Liquid also has an eroding effect on such scratches, which makes it even more likely that you’ll consume glass.
Of course, the presence of glass in your wine will also have pretty disastrous effects on the wine’s taste and texture. If your glass does have such an imperfection, cleaning it isn’t going to the job. It’s best to dispose of the glass and use a new one.
The Cleaning Conundrum
As you can see, cleaning a wine glass isn’t as easy as it may seem, especially if you want to get the most out of your wine. Even using plain old water won’t do the trick. Water can have an effect on the quality of the wine too.
You need a special tool that will ensure your wine glasses help you to get the most out of any wine that you drink.
Introducing the Pulltex Glass Cleaner
If you’re an Xtrawine regular, you’ll already know that we’re big fans of the range of accessories that Pulltex produces. Every one offers the highest levels of quality and serves a practical purpose for wine lovers.
The same is true of the Pulltex Glass Cleaner. This handy little device essentially looks like a small sponge on a stick. But it’s much more than that. The absorbent material used in the device allows it to soak up water and other liquid-based impurities that have collected in your wine glass. It also attracts the particles that can lead to the wine losing its quality.
Moreover, the handle is made using a flexible material, which means you’re really able to dig into the difficult to reach spots. The material used is also flexible enough to slot into any wine glass, from Champagne flutes to wide-rimmed red wine glasses.
We wholeheartedly recommend the Pulltex Glass Cleaner for anybody who’s had a bad experience with a tainted wine glass that ended up ruining their wine. We promise that you won’t be dsappointed.