Food & Drink

You've Been Pouring Prosecco All Wrong, You Idiot

And wasting precious fizz in the process.

BY editors | Aug 17, 2017 | Opinion

Prosecco is now officially bigger than beer in Britain now (probably), so you best know you're pouring it right.

It's all to do with the way you hold your glass, apparently.

If you're one of those drinkers who holds their glass straight or tilts it till it is almost flat, then stop it this instant.

According to Ed Betts, Asda's Chief Wine Buyer, the secret is to "tilt the glass to a 45 degree angle".

Speaking to, he revealed that this is the safest way to make sure you don't waste any fizz. "It will not only make you look like a pro, but it will also ensure the glass doesn't fill with bubbles too quickly."

Another major no-no to avoid? Filling your glass up too quickly. If you're like us and get a bit overzealously excited once that cork has popped, it's time to calm down a bit...

"Slow and steady wins the race. Don't pour the Prosecco or sparkling wine in one go. Start with a splash, then wait for the bubbles to settle before filling up the glass. Remember though, only fill the glass ¾ full to avoid spillage," says Betts.

"The best things come to those who wait though, so stay patient and watch the bubbles settle before filling the glass up," he added.

Duly noted, but also easier said than done?

Stuart Bale, Cocktail Curator at the Sanderson Hotel's Long Bar, has another tip for if you're pouring more than one glass at a time, say at a drinks party (or just for yourself).

"A trick we use in bars is to wet each glass by putting a splash of champagne in each one before pouring," he told "You can do this ahead of time and so when it comes to topping up the glass, it doesn't bubble nearly as much."

So there you go.

From: Esquire UK