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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I have broken a few high quality wineglasses during hand washing. I probably have missed articles in Wine Spectator on ideas on safe and proper washing techniques but I'd really appreciate your comments on this.
—Dennis J., Fairbanks, Alaska
I've broken a few glasses in my time, and it always seems to happen while drying them. Never twist the bowl from the stem; a wineglass is weak there and you can snap the bowl right off. Carefully hold the bowl in one hand while drying. Or, you can let the glasses air dry on a rack, or inverted on a lint-free, nonaromatic towel.
Of course, I should also plug my advice on hand washing with lots of warm water and no detergent, which leaves residues that can affect the flavor of wine.
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