Choosing the Right Wine Glass

Published on April 23, 2008

Winemaking has become a combination of science and art that it also incorporates the two when it comes to drinking it. Unlike most drinks, the taste of wine differ from what glass you pour it to. Using ordinary dinner glasses would affect the wine's taste for the worse. However, if you pour wine on a glass that is specifically-shaped for that particular vino, the taste would definitely stand out. To know more on what makes a wine glass, here are the basic rules in choosing one.

Choose a clear and thin wine glass - Getting a colored or chiseled glass would not make you appreciate the beauty of wine. Part of the pleasure of wine drinking is to look into its color quality, as well as checking for signs of impurities.

Choose both stem and stemless tumblers - Wine glass is traditionally made with a stem at the bottom, but recently there are stemless tumblers that have been available in the market. Although the latter is the trendier of the two, it has its disadvantages. For one, you are forced to hold on the the glass' body, which would leave fingerprints that would degrade your appreciation for the wine's visual qualities. Holding the body also warms the wine quicker than usual, which would affect the taste. However, we advise to choose both because not every occasion would be formal enough to drink wine on a stemmed glass.

Glass for red wine should be wider - You can tell if the wine glass is catered for reds if the bowl and opening are wide. A narrow glass, in contrast, would concentrate the bold flavors of red wine while preventing the aroma to come out. Red wines with bolder flavor like Cabernet Sauvignon should be poured on a glass in which the bowl and opening have almost the same measurement. Meanwhile, softer reds such as Pinot Noir and Merlot should be partnered on a glass that has a wide bowl but with a slightly narrow opening.

Glass for white wine should be narrower - White wines are perfect for glasses that have a narrow body as these keep the wine's temperatures stay cool for longer periods. A narrow opening, meanwhile, concentrates the wine's fruity aroma. Spirited whites like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay should have a wine glass with a slightly stout bowl and narrows slightly at the opening. Meanwhile, delicate white wines like Riesling and Pinot Gris should be paired with a glass that has a narrow bowl and a narrow opening. You need to remember, though, that flutes are only for champagne.

If short on cash, buy generic - If you are on a budget and do not really mind about telling the subtle differences between different wines, buy the common wine glasses that are tulip-shaped. It can be served with either red or white wine.

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