HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something to consider before you open a bottle of wine with dinner tonight: Different environmental factors impact how much wine you pour into your glass, according to a new study out of Cornell University and Iowa State University.
For the study, which was published in Substance Use & Misuse, 73 participants were told to pour themselves a glass of wineÃ¢â‚¬”whatever amount they would normally pour as a single serving. They did this task with a total of seven varying setups. And while a standard glass of wine is five ounces, it turns out that these three factors could significantly affect the amount youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re actually serving yourself:
The Width of Your Glass
In the study, participants poured 11.9 percent more wine, on average, when they were using wide glasses than when they were using standard-width glasses.
The difference between pouring a glass thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sitting on a table versus pouring a glass thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in your hand? In the latter situation, participants gave themselves 12.2 percent more vino, on average.
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more than taste at stake when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re deciding between red and white: On average, participants poured 9.2 percent more white wine (a color thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in low contrast to a glassÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s color) than red (a high-contrast color).
So consider these factors, then serve up carefully. And, if possible, pour some red wine into a standard-sized glass thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s set on a table!