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Glassware

Basic Tips for Choosing the Perfect Glass for Your Favorite Wines:

 

The Glass: Thin and clear

 

To appreciate the beauty of wine, get glasses that are not colored or decoratively chiseled. You want as thin a glass as you are comfortable with, crystal is best in my opinion

 

Stem vs. Stem-less glasses

 

Personally, while I prefer the steadiness of a stem-less glass,  many purists INSIST on stemware.

Here's why:

 

They enjoy seeing the colors of the wine without looking at fingerprints.

They don’t want their hands warming up the wine too quickly.

 

My rule of thumb is: Paper napkins at the meal, stem-less glass, linen… stemware.

 

Here are some general tips on glass shape

 

Wine Glasses for Reds


Red wine Glasses

 

The Bowl: Wider

The bigger flavors in reds need to spread out. The wider bowl also lets in more air, which releases bold aromas and flavors.

 

The Opening: Wider

Dip your nose into the wider bowl to get a load of more complex aromas.

 

Tip: When pouring wines, keep the wine level to the lower one-third the glass. This leaves lots of air and swirl room, both of which enhance the enjoyment of your wines.

 

BIG REDS (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz):

Get a big bowl and a big opening.

 

SOFT REDS (Pinot Noir, Merlot):

Get a big bowl that narrows a tinge at the opening.

 

Wine Glasses for White

 

White wine Glasses

 

The Bowl: Narrower

The smaller capacity helps keep temperatures cool longer.

 

The Opening: Narrower

The lighter aromas waft well in a narrower glass.

 

SPIRITED WHITES (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay):

Get a bowl with a little room that narrows slightly at the opening.

 

DELICATE WHITES (Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztiminer):

Get a narrow bowl and a narrow opening.


SPARKLING and DESSERT GLASSES

dessert wine glasses 

 

Helpful Hint: If you plan to serve several types of wine but don’t want to shell out the cash for several types of glassware, buy the generic tulip-shaped wine glasses.

 

One Final Note... The Wash

 

I recommend always washing your wine glasses in very hot water, and rinse well. Take it easy with the soap as soap can build up inside the glass and affect a wine’s flavor. If you encounter lipstick, use a tough paper towel to wipe the wax off and wash again .

 

Hope this is helpful, we encourage you to begin collecting a variety of glassware.

 

The right wine glasses can really boost the wine-tasting experience and help you appreciate a fine bottle of wine with good friends. Now remember once you've opened the bottle, and poured into the appropriate glassware, always  lift the glasses, clink gently, and say; CHEERS! 

 

 

 

 

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