How To Choose The Right Wine Glasses?
Only a few things are worth doing in the right manner. Do not cut your hair without consulting a professional. A second thing I strongly believe should be included in that list is: You can sip your favorite vino from the right wine glass.
Although you might call me an overachiever I believe that choosing the right wine glass for your wine style can make even an $8 Trader Joe’s wine bottle taste and feel more expensive. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t need to be difficult. There are some key characteristics to consider when selecting the right wine glass for your bottle. We’ll let you decide what style preference is best. Are you ready for your glassware education Let’s get started?
It may be surprising to you that wine enjoyment doesn’t just depend on how it tastes. It also depends on its smell. The iconic Austrian glassmaker Claus Riedel (yes that Riedel, it’s not surprising) Claus Riedel, Austria’s most famous glassmaker (yes, that Riedel–not surprising) was the first to study the relationship between wine glass size and wine flavor. To this day, the Riedel brand makes my favorite wine glasses (along with Schott Zwiesel)–they’re thoughtful and considered, but still modern and stylish.
The shape and size of wine glasses can have an impact on how aromatic vapors are captured in your palate and distributed throughout your body. This is a major factor in wine quality. You might also feel that a restaurant’s wine pour is a bit too small. The extra space allows the flavor to be contained. Rather than filling the glass to the brim with all the important nuances, and then having them escape before you take your first sip. You know more, the better.
If you are anything like me, then you have probably friends who strongly disagree with stemless zester wine glasses. They’re casual and can be used for other purposes, such as beer, wine, or soda. If you are a purist or want to take your hobby to the next step, glass with stems is best. They are easier to swirl, which not only makes it look fancier but also helps to aerate wine. Additionally, you won’t need to heat the wine by holding the glass tightly. This is especially important for white wine lovers.
This article will teach you the difference between white and red wine glasses. You’re already halfway there. Red wine glasses should have a wider and more spacious “bowl”, which is the area at the bottom of the wine glass above the stem. This allows for more oxygen to reach the wine’s surface, which allows full-bodied flavors to shine. It also helps to tone down tannins.
White wines don’t require as much oxygen to open up and are therefore better stored in slimmer wine glasses with smaller rims. This shape helps white wines stay at a lower temperature (typically chilled), and it also better reflects the acidity of white wines. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. If you prefer oaky chardonnay, which is commonly thought to be one of the best-tasting white wines, a larger glass will likely produce better tasting notes.
There are many similarities between red wine glasses. But there are also important differences.
1. Bordeaux Glass
A large opening glass and a medium-sized bowl are best for bold reds with high levels of tannins. To allow the wine’s “bite” to disappear, you want to leave a fair amount of it open. A larger rim will allow more wine to reach your palate to soak it in. These large glasses will also be obvious. It allows for more ethanol to evaporate, which is another design feature. These glasses are often referred to as Bordeaux glasses but can also be called Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot glasses.
2. Medium-Bodied Red Wine Glass
A style that is suitable for medium-bodied red wines such as Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec, and Syrah will work well. This glass is smaller and has a narrower opening which allows flavors or spices to hit your tongue more slowly. These glasses are also known as standard red wine glasses and medium-bodied red wines glasses.
3. Burgundy or Pinot Noir Glass
Make the most of more delicately-flavored red wines by pouring them into a glass with a very wide, generous bowl and narrow rim. This shape is commonly called Burgundy glasses or Pinot Noir glass. It allows the wine to oxygenate more and enhance the flavor profile.
White wine glasses have a lot more nuanced than reds. If you’re tight on money or space, you might be able to invest in only one glass that is most closely related to the wine you drink. You still have options, but knowledge is power.
4. White wine glass with the light-bodied aroma
The most well-known wine glass shape is the light-bodied white wine glass (also known as standard wine glasses). These glasses are used to pour your wine at casual restaurants or bars. This shape is well-known, but it’s best for white wines with high acidities, such as Rieslings and Sauvignon Blanc. It is characterized by a narrow bowl with a rim that helps to preserve floral notes and maintain cooler temperatures.
5. White Wine Glass with Full-bodied Aroma
A large bowl and large mouth are key to getting the best out of a full-bodied white wine (think Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc). These glasses will highlight the rich, creamy texture of these wines and bring out their richness. These wine glasses are often called a Chardonnay or full-bodied white wineglass.
6. Sparkling Wine Glass
A tall and narrow glass is a great way to harness all those playful bubbles Champagne and other sparkling white wines are known for. A slimmer shape allows for the bubbles to be contained and maximized. An elegant stem keeps the bubbly cool and will elevate your toasting experience. One quick note: Champagne coupes look very Gatsby-esque and are charming, but they don’t make the best champagne glasses. The large surface area they expose will cause your Champagne to go flat quickly.
7. Dessert Wine Glass
Your glass of choice may differ slightly depending on the exact type of post-dinner sip you choose–however, the most popular choice is port wine, which you’ll typically find served in a compact and slender stemmed style. It was made to be a small pour (which is a common practice for dessert wines), and it will bring out the sweetness of the fruitiness that is often associated with after-dinner beverages.