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How To Choose The Right Wine Glasses For You

January 22nd, 2020

Do you also have a collection of wine glasses to go with your wine collection? If you don’t, then you may want to start one after reading this blog article. We’re going to talk about the different kinds of wineglasses and their uses. It may not seem like such a big deal, but choosing the right kind of glassware for your wine actually helps make the tasting experience even better. So for today’s wine cellar inspirations, let’s talk about these wineglasses and more!

Let’s talk about wineglasses!

When pouring your reds…

Let’s start off with red wine glasses. Red wine is arguably the most popular wine out there (though the white club will definitely say otherwise ^_^). Selecting the right type of red wine glass has a lot to do with mitigating the bitterness of tannin or spicy flavors to deliver a smoother tasting wine. Studies on wine tasting actually show that red wines tend to taste smoother from a glass with a wide opening. And naturally, the distance to the actual fluid affects what you smell. We recommend going for wine glasses with wider openings for your reds.

When pouring your whites…

As opposed to the reds, white wines are typically served in smaller bowled glasses. Why so? It’s because smaller glasses are better in preserving floral aromas. They also help maintain cooler temperature and express more acidity in wine. Studies also show that smaller glasses deliver more aromas due to proximity to nose. This can happen even with cooler temperatures.

But there are also exceptions to the rule. Full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, White Rioja, and orange wines are recommended to be poured into wine glasses with larger bowls. The larger bowl emphasizes a creamy texture because of the wider mouth.

When pouring your “specialty” wines

Now if you’re pouring other wines than the traditional reds and whites, you might want to look into purchasing specialty wine glasses. This will naturally depend on what you tend to drink the most. One example of a specialty glassware is the Port glass. It’s small size and narrow mouth reduces evaporation. Then, of course, you have your champagne flutes for champagne lovers. Champagne flutes tend to be on the very fragile side, particularly the stem. We recommend purchasing good quality ones with solid reviews. Lastly, there is also what is known as the “universal glass.” They tend to be shaped like red wine glasses but with longer, slimmer stems akin to the champagne flutes. Per the name, this glassware is said to work with almost any wine you pour. ^_^

Big thank you to Wine Folly for most of the fun facts we shared here!