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  • THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO WINE GLASSES.

    You've probably noticed that there are hundreds, if not thousands of different shaped wine glasses out there.  Every restaurant has their own wine glass, of a different shape or size than types of wine glasses used at their competitors' restaurants. Not only that, but there are different wines glasses used for each type of wine. Where do you start?

    Does a different glass affect the flavour of the wine, or is it all about the "look"? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the types of wine glasses used, as well as how to choose the best type according to the wine you are drinking…

    Anatomy of a Wine Glass

    There are three parts to every wine glass:

    Each of these parts will vary, but the shape and size of the bowl is the most crucial factor.​

    parts of wine glass

    1. The base - This part needed to keep the wine glass standing.
    2. The stem - This is the part you hold, and it connects the base and the bowl.
    3. The bowl - This is the part that holds the wine. Aim to fill the glass around one third, or to where the bowl is at its widest – to maximise the wine’s contact with the air.Bowls are often tapered to concentrate and direct the aromas to your nose. This allows you to swirl the wine around the glass (further releasing the aromas) without spilling any onto your shirt!

    Red Wine Glasses

    Red wine glasses usually have larger, wider bowls, bringing more oxygen into contact with the wine. This allows the wine to ‘breathe’ more, releasing the complex flavours and aromas of the wine.

    Types of Red Wine Glasses

    Cabernet/Merlot glasses have an average-length stem, a wide base, and a large bowl that tapers slightly at the top. This is a glass designed to get a lot of oxygen in contact with the wine to bring out the fruit flavours and lessen the tannins.

    Syrah/Shiraz glasses are smaller than most red wine glasses. The rim sharply tapers inward from the bowl, which helps to bring out the fruit aromas first and the tannins after.

    Pinot Noir glasses sometimes have a rim that is turned out, directing the intense wine flavours straight to your nose and tongue. It has a shorter stem than other glasses, but a large bowl that is the widest of any red wine glass.

    White Wine Glasses

    The bowls of white wine glasses tend to be smaller than the bowls of red wine glasses. This is because the aromas are lighter.

    Types of White Wine Glasses

    Oaked Chardonnay glasses have a wide bowl and a top that tapers slightly. It is a similar shape to the Pinot Noir glass, but slightly smaller.

    Sauvignon Blanc glasses have a long stem and a narrow bowl that tapers slightly. The tall, slim design of the glass makes it easier to detect the aromas of the wine, whilst minimising the amount of oxygen in the glass to keep the wine fresh.

    Riesling / Chianti glasses are both taller and narrower than Oaked Chardonnay glasses. The taller, tapered design of the glass concentrates the fruity aromas in the upper portion of the bowl, and the long stem keeps the wine chilled.​

    Champagne Glasses/Sparkling Wine Glasses

    Not sure what glasses to serve your champagne or sparkling wine in?

    Types of Champagne Glasses Sparkling Wine Glasses

    Champagne glasses are known as "flutes", thanks to their tall, slender, taper-free design. The glass keeps the bubbles and liquid on the tip of your tongue, giving you the aromas upon your first sip.

    This narrow style is the best glass for Prosecco, most champagnes and other sparkling wines. For vintage champagnes, or richer non-vintage champagnes, there is a move toward wider bowls, or even using smaller white wine glasses. This is to allow the richer, more complex flavours to develop. The Riedel Veritas Champagne Glass has been described as the best in the world!

    Dessert and Fortified Wine Glasses

    You'd be surprised to find that there is a wide variety of glasses used for dessert and fortified wines:

    Types of Dessert and Fortified Wine Glasses

    Port glasses have a small, slender shape. The design of the glasses help your palate to focus on the fruit, oak, and spice flavours in the port rather than being drowned out by the heavy alcohol flavours.

    Ice wine/dessert wine glasses are designed with a highly tapered rim. The design makes it easy to swirl the wine, but helps to keep the wine to air ratio balanced. The glass also emphasizes the acidity of the wine, preventing the sweetness from being overwhelming​.

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