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What Is a Standard Wine Pour? | How to Pour Wine

February 4, 2020
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Standard Pour of Wine in Ounces (oz)

The standard pour of wine is 5 ounces. That may seem strange given the variation of glassware available for wine, but it’s 5 ounces across the board. Unless it's dessert or fortified wine. So let's take a look at some specifics about glassware and wine pouring and get you up to speed!

What Is a Standard Glass of Wine Size?

There are many types of glassware used to serve wine. The standard white wine glass holds between 8 to 12 ounces. The standard red wine glass holds between 8 to 22+ ounces. The extra space in red wine glasses allows for two things:

  • Older, full-bodied and high-tannin red wines aerate better by being spread out across a larger surface area (knowing what are tannins in wine, how to decant wine and what a wine aerator does is helpful in knowing how to best bring out the flavor of your wines)
  • Wider, bulbous glassware shapes can help trap and funnel complex aromas more effectively

Regardless of the glassware, the standard wine glass pour doesn’t change.

Average Pour of Wine: How Many Ounces in a Typical Wine Pour?

To get the perfect wine glass pour, regardless of the size of your glassware, a standard wine pour is 5 ounces. If you’re enjoying the standard serving size of 5 ounces of Pinot Noir in a 20-ounce Burgundy glass with a very … generous shape, it can look a bit off. But fret not, any wine professional of any of the sommelier levels will tell you that extra 15 ounces is designed to help you explore the wine with your senses as thoroughly as possible.

How Many Ounces Is a Dessert Wine Pour?

The standard dessert wine pour is 2 ounces. A smaller serving size, sure, but that's because it's typically meant to be enjoyed much like an edible dessert. In small quantities and for its sweet flavor profile.

What's the Standard Fortified Wine Pour?

Fortified wines like port and sherry have standard pours of around 3 ounces. Clocking it at around 20% ABV, they're higher in alcohol than regular, non-fortified wine, and enjoyed accordingly.

Pouring Wine: How to Pour a Glass of Wine

How to Pour a Standard Wine Pour

There aren’t pour spouts for wine bottles, and nobody’s using a jigger for wine. To pour the proper wine pour, you must free pour it. So how can you ensure you’re hitting the standard 5-ounce pour every time? There’s a trick. It’s an invisible measuring stick. And it’s on most wine glasses, thanks to the glassmakers who make them. The widest point of a wine glass corresponds to the 5- or 6-ounce mark.

Keep this in mind as you serve wine and over-pouring will be a thing of the past.

Where Do You Pour Wine In a Glass?

Pour wine relatively slowly in the center of the glass. Servers won’t be picking up guests’ glasses to angle them, so there’s no way to pour on the side of the glass.

How Do You Pour Wine So It Doesn’t Drip?

When you’ve hit the 5-ounce mark, tilt the bottle slightly upward with a quick (but not violent) twisting motion, then wipe the bottle’s lip with a cloth napkin. It’s impossible not to get wine on the lip of the bottle, and once it’s there, it’s bound to drip, so following up with the napkin wipe is crucial.

How Many Glasses Are In a Bottle of Wine?

A 750 ml bottle of wine is 25.3 ounces. There are five glasses of wine in a standard bottle of wine—which is one of many wine bottle sizes.

How Many Pours Are In a Bottle of Wine?

If you're hitting a proper wine pour, which is a serving size of the standard 5-ounce wine pour, that'll be five pours of wine per wine bottle.

And That's the Standard Wine Pour

The proper wine pour differs from types of wine but not among glassware. If you're drinking regular wine, it's 5 ounces. Fortified wine? 3 ounces. Dessert wine 2 ounces.

Training bar and restaurant staff on standard liquor pours can benefit your bar's pour cost in a big way, especially when bartenders are pouring wine by the glass. Overpouring with a bottle at tableside is primarily irritating to the guests (so is serving wine at the wrong wine serving temperature). Some guests may not want more than a serving of wine, and pouring too much too early can prevent the 5th wine-drinking guest from getting a full serving.

But by stemming overpouring and decreasing variance, you'll be selling almost all of what you use. Very little will slip through the cracks. And that's how your profit margin goes up. An easy way to determine your variance and identify opportunities to decrease it is using a variance report, like the one BinWise Pro comes with. After taking inventory, BinWise Pro—an industry-leading bar inventory software—quickly and accurately creates a suite of reports to help boost profits. Among them, a variance report. And hopefully, if you're using a report like that, you'll see your variance steadily going down as you train your staff up on standard pours.

Book a demo and let one of our experts walk you through exactly how BinWise Pro helps thousands of people across the country build efficient, profitable beverage programs.