Have you ever wondered why there are so many different wine glasses? I know that I have! What are they all for? Why does it matter? How do I know which one is the right one for my wine?
The Right Glass For Your Wine
The glassware used for serving a wine can have a huge impact on the experience of drinking it. Wine glasses are made in a range of designs to accommodate different types of wine, and the shape of a glass is as important for function as form. The best glass for enjoying a red wine may not be the best glass for a white wine, and knowing the difference is the key to fully appreciating what a wine has to offer.
Red Wine Glasses
Red wines are known for their deep and complex flavors and aromas, and so glasses designed for serving them typically have large, round bowls to allow the wine to release its aroma. The bowl of a red wine glass also allows the drinker to swirl the wine, opening it up to experience its hidden character.
The stem of a red wine glass can be long to permit easier handling and keep the wine cooler by eliminating body heat on the bowl of the glass, but some red wine glasses have short or even nonexistent stems to encourage hand warming of the wine. These glasses are intended for full-bodied wines, like those from Cellar Master Wines, and are best enjoyed at higher cellar temperatures.
White Wine Glasses
White wine glasses are optimized to present the more delicate flavors of white wine, featuring a narrow bowl to limit the wine’s exposure to oxygen and long stems to prevent the drinker’s hand from raising the temperature of the wine. White wine glasses are usually tapered toward the top to deliver the aromas of a wine directly to the nose.
A champagne flute is a special type of glass designed to facilitate the unique characteristics of this type of white wine. It features a tall, narrow bowl to preserve the carbonation longer while funneling the bubbles upward to add to the visual display. While champagne can be enjoyed from other wine glasses, only a champagne flute will showcase its most celebrated characteristics to the fullest.
There are many varieties of wine glass, but the best of all types have smooth rims to allow your palate to interact with the wine more directly and are made from clear glass or crystal to highlight the various hues and other appearance notes present in a fine wine. Wine glasses may appear largely similar to the untrained eye, but subtleties in their design make them more suitable for one type of wine than others.
The only questions left is:
What do I serve with my wine?
The answer is cheese. Cheese is always a winner.
What kind of cheese?
Thanks to this awesome info-graphic from Buzzfeed, we will always know!
So, now you know and knowing is half the battle!