The proper serving of wine is an art to perfect. Every wine connoisseur knows that different wine glasses serve unique purposes for the wine it holds. Knowing these differences will help you enhance the experience of wine sipping for you and your guests.
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A basic lesson on the terminology of wine glass’ components will help further discussion of the differences. First, let’s break down some terms:
Another important component of the differences among wine glasses is what they are made of. There are two usual options: crystal and glass.
Crystal wine glasses are more expensive than glass wine glasses and must be washed by hand. They are quite delicate, which makes them easily breakable, but the delicate look adds an elegant touch to a dinner party or fancy gathering.
Glass wine glasses are the more durable option that won’t break as easily or put a dent in your bank account. They are dishwasher safe and great for more casual environments. Glass wine glasses do not perform as well in enhancing a wine’s flavors compared to crystal, but they get the job done at a cheaper cost.
Red wine is bolder and more full-bodied than white wine and therefore needs a specific type of glass. Red wine needs the ability to interact with the air to release the aroma better. Therefore, red wine is best suited to a large, round bowl with a big opening to provide the greatest room for air into the glass to smoothen out the complex flavors. The large opening also allows you to access the aroma easily with your nose.
On one end, a Bordeaux glass is a large red wine glass with a big opening that helps you receive the wine across your entire palate for an intense wine tasting experience. A Bordeaux glass is best for smoothing out the bitterness of high-tannin and high-alcohol wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
On the other side of the spectrum, a Burgundy wine glass is wonderful for light reds such as a Pinot Noir or Dolcetto. This type of glass also has a large bowl, but it narrows towards the top to keep the wine concentrated to the tip of your tongue.
White wine is served a little differently. It is served in a smaller, narrower, U-shaped glass that enhances the aroma of the white wine. The wine glass is smaller so that you can bring your nose closer to the wine since white wine has a lighter aroma. Another difference in the glass is that the stem is longer in order to maintain the cooler temperature of white wine. The further the hand is from the glass, the less likely that the body heat will warm the white wine.
The Sauvignon Blanc glass that is perfect for (you guessed it) Sauvignon Blanc, and other high-acidity wines. This glass is also a great choice for similar light to medium body wines as well as floral or fruity wines such as Pinot Grigio. On the other hand, a white wine such as Chardonnay would be better in a glass for a full-bodied wine that has a wider opening.
Who could forget dessert wines? These high alcohol content wines are best suited to a smaller glass because of the alcohol content. Glasses for dessert wine typically lead the wine to the back of the mouth in order to fully taste the sweetness of the wine. An example of a wine glass for dessert wine is the Port wine glass. This is perfect for Port wine, but also any other dessert wines because it has a narrow opening that consolidates the aroma within the glass. Although smaller than a normal wine glass, you don’t have to worry about it being too short that you can’t swirl the wine. The shape is designed to allow the sipper to swirl and smell.
Sparkling wine is another one we can’t forget. The beverage is often served in a flute glass that features a tall, narrow bowl for the purpose of making the bubbles last as long as possible. The flute wine glass can hold any sparkling wine or champagne.
If buying many different types of glasses is not the route you would like to take, there are, of course, all-purpose wine glass options for you. Sometimes you don’t have the space for a bunch of different wine glasses, and you’d rather have one type that gets the job done for any type of wine. An all-purpose wine glass is a great option for someone who prefers efficiency and a less expensive option. You have two choices here:
Whichever you choose, you are sure to appreciate the experience and taste of wine a little more with the knowledge you’ve gained. Glass.com has an assortment of high-quality wine glasses for your choosing. Check out our best-selling wine glasses below. Let us know what glass you find works best for you and your wine!
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