We have been watching a new trend take over in the wine industry – the trend of convenience. From screw top bottles to stemless glasses, we are hearing that people don’t want to fuss over their wine. While I personally am not a fan of either trend, we have received a number of questions around each item.

As the summer in northeast Ohio actually becomes summer, many winery guests are packing up picnics and heading to the beaches or local parks to enjoy the warmer weather. Unfortunately wine drinkers have always had an issue with packing wine glasses. The glass stems are fragile so packing the glasses in a cooler or wine carrier allows for the stem to possibly snap. This causes a problem when you arrive on your picnic and don’t have a glass to drink from.

So a couple of years ago the concept of “O” glasses hit the wine market. These glasses are completely stemless with a flat bottom to allow wine drinkers to set their wine down without worrying about the glass breaking. This sturdier glass allows for picnickers to easily wrap their glasses and gives them more room in their picnic baskets. At home, O glasses don’t take up as much room on a shelf, easily fit into a dishwasher and are more versatile.

But with new trends new problems come up. Since you are no longer holding your wine glass by the stem, any time you hold the glass you are warming up your wine at a faster rate. In order to enjoy the wine to the fullest wine makers recommend limiting the contact you have with the bowl of the glass so if you are using an O glass, you will be picking it up, setting it down more frequently.
Also, the O glasses tend to reduce the ability to swirl your wine (or at least swirl your wine without spilling it too much). Wine drinkers swirl their wine to allow the wine to breathe and aerate it. However this has led to an increase in sales for wine aerating gadgets like the Vinturi where the wine drinker pours the wine into the aerator before the wine hits the glass.

So as with each trend there are some positives and negatives to the new market, it’s up to each wine drinker to decide if they want to try it.

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.