Why do Wine Glasses have Stems?

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Wine glasses have stems to make it easier to hold them. For white wines that are meant to be chilled, stems keep your fingers off the actual wine glass, making the wine stay cool longer. You can buy stemless wine glasses for red wine. These wine glasses use your hand's heat to warm up the red wine, which is meant to be room temperature.
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Wineglasses have stems so the glass may be held without warming the wine with the hand to avoid changing the wine's flavors and aromas.
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The stem allows the glass to be held without influencing the temperature of the wine. The stem is not in direct contact with the wine, and holding it by the stem protects the contents
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The red wine at the Seder symbolises HaShem's four statements of redemption in the Torah: 1. "I took you out" 2. "I rescued you" 3. "I liberated you"
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Wine bottles with punts. At one time all wine bottles were made by hand and it is thought the punt was developed because a flat bottom was more difficult for inexperienced glassblowers
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Wine glasses have stems, because if they didn't, you wouldn't be able to sit them down, without them falling over. All kidding aside, the stem is there, just for looks, and to be able to carry more than one wine glass at a time, by not smearing the glass with fingerprints.
Wine glasses are designed with stems for multiple reasons. Besides providing a great way to grip the glass, it also give the glass a formal elegance.
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