Is the type of wine glass you use important?

October 14.2022



If you’ve ever tried to buy wine glasses, you know the options are endless, and the whole process can be a little perplexing. There are stemware and stemless glassware; glasses designed specifically for red, white, or sparkling wine; and many more variations. So, which ones should you pick? Here’s what you need to know.





Is the type of wine glass you use important?

The answer to this question is highly dependent on the type of wine drinker you are. If you’re a serious wine drinker who enjoys deciphering flavor nuances, the type of wine glass you use is crucial. Glassware allows you to fully experience your wine, noticing its flavors and aromas as well as the way it hits your palate. However, if you’re a more casual and inexperienced wine drinker, you don’t need to worry about wine glasses because drinking wine is first and foremost about enjoyment and fun, and the most important thing is to enjoy what’s in the bottle.



Which wine glass should you use?

Each wine glass has subtle differences that are designed to bring out the flavors and aromas of various styles of wine. White wine glasses have smaller bowls designed to preserve aromatics, highlight acidity, and keep the wine cooler, whereas red wine glasses have larger bowls designed to allow more air to come into contact with the wine, highlighting aromas and mitigating the perception of higher alcohol.



All-Purpose Glass




Also known as a universal wine glass, all-purpose wine glasses will get the job done no matter what type of wine you’re drinking.



Burgundy Glass




A Burgundy wine glass has a larger bowl than a Bordeaux glass and a narrower top. The wine is directed to the tip of the tongue by this design, allowing the drinker to detect flavor nuances. The thin rim facilitates sipping, and the broad bowl allows delicate wine aromas to accumulate.



Bordeaux Glass




The perfect Bordeaux glass has a narrower top than a “standard” wine glass. The opening makes wines taste smoother by directing the wine to the center of the palate, which reduces the effect of tannins.



Champagne Glass


Champagne is best served in a tulip glass, which is tall enough to allow the bubbles and aromas to fully develop.

Forget about the Champagne coupe because the bowl of the glass is too shallow to hold the effervescence. Always rinse Champagne glasses with hot water before use and set them aside to drain. This will get rid of any detergent or ‘rinse aid’ residue that is causing the bubbles to flatten. Many times, a lackluster display of effervescence is due to the glass, not the Champagne.



Is it acceptable to use a stemless wine glass, mug, or tumbler?

If stemless glasses appeal to you, go for it. If you prefer a stem, that also works. Stemless wine glasses are fine for casual wine drinkers, but experts prefer stemmed wine glasses.

Holding the glass by the bowl can cause your wine to warm up faster, changing the aromatics and experience. For example, if you hold a white wine by the bowl, it will warm up faster and you may feel the need to add ice, diluting the flavors and aromas.



What should you get if you only want to buy one type of wine glass?

Expert advice: Look for a crystal-clear, thin glass with a classic shape and a stem with a bowl that is larger than the top of the glass. Because it is suitable for white, red, and bubbles, it will do the job every time. Or Consider the type of wine you typically consume and purchase wine glasses accordingly.










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