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This Is the Worst Way To Drink Prosecco, According To Experts

There's a scientific reason you may be doing it wrong!
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The summer season is just around the corner, and you know what that means: More bubbly bevs, outdoors, with friends. But before you lay out your bar setup, you'll definitely want to read this. As it turns out, if you've been drinking prosecco from a certain type of glass, you've been doing it all wrong, all this time. (Oops.)

By now, we all know prosecco is more than a trend. For that, say Grazie to a few major influences, such as Food Network figures like Giada de Laurentiis (she's a big one) and the Italian sparkler's elegant affordability. If you've come to turn to prosecco as a home entertaining staple, it turns out there's a common error you may have been committing: If you're drinking prosecco from a champagne glass, you're doing it all wrong.

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This, according to the wine-o team at VinePair (via Inside Hook), who explain that if you want to serve prosecco the right way, you need a stemmed glass with a rounded bowl and a wide rim. (Our photo shows what a technically accurate prosecco glass looks like.) That shape is in contrast to a narrow champagne flute, or even the stemless glasses that have grown popular in the past decade-plus. (Stemless is a better choice for un-chilled wines, since your hand's temperature around the bowl will warm the drink.)

What's the big deal? VinePair says it has more to do with science than just sophistication. "Unlike a traditional flute," they explain,"a Prosecco glass is made with a rounder base and body to enhance the texture and aromas in this famous sparkling wine." They continue: "Narrow Champagne flutes are designed to minimize the wine's actual surface area, so your bubbles have less room to fizzle out. Similarly, [a] Prosecco glass will preserve your wine's carbonation, but the rounded body makes it more suited for tasting … so you can catch every aroma and flavor in your wine."

They say this is crucial because of the very characteristic that makes prosecco so special to many wine aficionados: "One of the reasons why so many pros love Prosecco is because it's made with highly aromatic grapes." That's done in the northern part of Italy, which sees the four seasons, yielding this flavorful kind of grape to produce this sparkling wine that is actually identified through a government quality-ranking organization in Italy.

So we're not just being snooty, y'all! Hey—we don't mind how you take your prosecco, especially because in many cases, it contains less sugar than a lot of other white wines. (Some of our editors are also becoming fans of Spanish cava, for something even a touch drier but just as pretty.)

If you're planning the outdoor season ahead, read up on our 5 Best Healthy Kentucky Derby Recipes, which will make you the star host all summer. And don't miss what scientists say is the deadly thing you might be doing with pasta, ahead of summer picnic season.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more
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