Wine Glasses: What You Really Should Know

By Laurie Forster

When you have found a wine you completely love and it is time to relish it, have you stopped to ask what to serve it in? Your wine glass can seriously affect the flavor of your wine. Picking the correct type of wine glasses to invest is one of the most significant decisions a wine connoisseur can make.

The Basics:

At a very minimum, your wine glass should be tulip formed with a bowl that tapers as you get to the top. This helps keep the aromas in the glass and reinforces your tasting enjoyment. The bowl should be broad enough to make allowance for satisfactory swirling, which kicks up the wine's smells and vaporizes the alcohol providing accessibility for smelling. This is critical since smelling your wine is 80% of the tasting process.

As an expert and a wine speaker I suggest buying real crystalâ€"more for functional reasons than beauty. Crystal has a coarse surface that helps perturb the wine when swirled, enabling us to better smell and experience the wine (it also increases the production of bubbles in Champagne). The thinner the glass, especially the rim, the better the wine will taste. Less glass, more wineâ€"it just sounds right! Find a glass that is at least 8-10 inches tall and made of clear glass with no etching or designs. Colored or ornamental glasses affect the full delight in the wine's true color.

Sizing things Up:

The smaller glasses utilised for white wines permit their more soft aromas to focus in the glass. This concentration makes sure we will be able to smell the wines better, and as discussed formerly, smelling is the workhorse of tasting. Inversely, larger glasses with broader bowls provide red wine greater surface area for swirling allowing the oxygen to open their fabulous tastes. The bubbles found in champers and champagnes benefit from the long slender flute shape.

In the 1960s Professor Claus Riedel initially introduced his varietal-specific glasses after he realised the aromas, tastes and balance of different varietals were reinforced by the shape of the wine glass. There are variations in the taste but they're subtle. If you do not have the budget (or cabinet space) for a large number of different glasses, no necessity to worry. Just be sure what you purchase is good quality.

The Last Word:

As far as I am concerned , if you buy a top notch set of crystal glasses for red, white and fizzy wine, you are absolutely prepared for virtually any drinking occasion. If you are really on a restricted budget, buy top quality, all-purpose crystal wine glasses with the tulip shape, roughly 8-10 inches tall. Some of the better brands include Riedel, Spieglau and Schott-Zwiesel. Of course, each glass company makes 1 or 2 different lines in diverse price range from reasonable to about as high as any person might want to spend!

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