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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I'm a firm believer in holding a wineglass by the stem. What do you think of stemless glassware?

—Dave, Moose Jaw, Canada

Dear Dave,

It drives me nuts when I see a character in a movie or on television grabbing a glass of wine by the bowl, not the stem. I’ve been trying to get Hollywood to hire me as their wine consultant for years.

As far as stemless glasses, they aren’t my first choice, but they're perfectly fine if you don’t mind fingerprint smudges (though you can put them in the dishwasher). It’s pretty typical for wineglasses to break at the point where the bowl meets the stem, so they eliminate that problem, and some people find them easier to swirl.

I find them particularly less appealing for white wines and at parties. If you’re holding your glass in your hand, the wine is going to warm quickly, and stemless glassware doesn't ring as prettily when you clink glasses.

—Dr. Vinny

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