So you had friends over for wine and conversation. There was an Italian barolo, a California chardonnay, an albarino from Spain plus Neapolitan-style pizzas from a new place in town.
And now? Your friends have split and you have a dozen wine glasses, greasy plates, forks and a problem:
Stick everything in the dishwasher, invoke Bacchus and hope the stemware survives? Pile the glasses and greasy dishes in the sink, squirt in dishwashing soap, add water and scrub?
Or do what pros suggest: Use hot water and wash the wine glasses by hand.
So says Ray Foley, author of "Bartending for Dummies" (Wiley), founder of Bartender Magazine and a guy with 16 years tending bar under his belt. Sure, restaurants may run wine glasses through dishwashers, but hot water — just hot water, no soap — is the way to go, he says.
"Putting them in the dishwasher is not a bad thing, but … the problem with dishwashers and wine glasses is that, first, you can't find a dishwasher where they fit in," Foley says. "If they do fit, they clang against each other and some break." Plus, dishwasher rinses may leave a residue.
Foley walked us through the process.
Degree of difficulty: Expect to spend 15 to 30 seconds per glass.
Tools needed: Paper towels. Dishcloth. Hot water. Cold water. Drainer. Rubber gloves optional.
1. Handle glasses one at a time. First, check the rim. "Lipstick is the biggest problem," Foley says, but there might be smudges from lips that have just eaten greasy foods. Wipe the wine glass around the rim with a paper towel.
2. Wash the glass in hot water, as hot as you can handle; wearing rubber gloves will allow you to use very hot water. If there was a lipstick stain or food smudge, re-wipe the rim with a paper towel.
3. Rinse well with cold water.
4. Set glass upside down on a drainer and allow to air dry. Don't use a cloth to dry glasses, Foley says: "You'll leave some lint on the glass."
5. Feel uneasy without soap? "If you want to, (use) just a pinch of the soap," Foley says, adding this cautionary note: "Then you've really got to rinse them really well in cold water and let them drain."
Heads up: Whether it's a mug or tall pilsner, bartending expert Ray Foley says, "never use soap with beer glasses. Sometimes it leaves a very light film so when you put the beer in, the beer will go flat."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun