Know Your Glassware: Wine Glasses

Using the best wine glasses certainly add to the enjoyment of consuming wine. Having experienced drinking wine from ordinary glasses, it made the experience a little less special. Plus, I had this feeling that I was doing something wrong. Not to be a snob or anything – I mean ordinary glasses can do if the situation calls for it – but the right wine glass with the right type of wine is something that all wine lovers must know because the glass shape can influence how the wine is perceived (its aroma, flavors, etc).

The type of wine glass you choose depends on the type of wine you plan to consume.

Red Wine Glasses – glassware for red wine are typically more rounded, which enhances the oxidization and subtly alters the flavors and aroma of the wine. Oxidation agrees with red wine, as the flavors are smoothed out after being exposed to air. There are two styles of red wine glasses:

  • Bordeaux glass – tall glassware with a wide bowl (this shape directs the wine to the back of the mouth); suitable for full-bodied wines such as Cabernet and Merlot
  • Burgundy glass – broader and has a bigger bowl than a Bordeaux wine glass; this shape is for the accumulation of flavors and aromas of more delicate red wines such as Pinot Noirs and the shape directs the wine to the tip of the tongue.

White Wine Glasses – white wine glasses are more varied than their red wine counterparts, from the long and narrow champagne flutes, to the wide and shallow glasses used to drink chardonnay. More full bodied white wines are consumed using glasses with wider mouths to enhance oxidation while more delicate white wines are best consumed using glasses with smaller mouths. Champagne flutes, in particular, have really small mouths compared to most other wine glasses to keep the wine sparkling longer.


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