Selecting the right wine glass can be a difficult task . Thankfully, there are several tricks to picking the right glass. Here are some rules of thumb to keep in mind next time you go glass shopping.
Types of Wine Glasses
Wide – Glasses with a wide bowl allow the wine to receive more air exposure. The increased air exposure releases the wine's aroma, and helps with tasting. This is why many wine connoisseurs use wide bowl glasses when drinking red wine.
Narrow – Narrow glasses provide the wine with less air exposure. These glasses are best for lighter tasting wines such as white wine or champagne A narrow wine glass will also preserve the chill and delicacy of the wine.
Stemmed – Stemmed glass keep your hands away from the bowl of the glass. This is important because the temperature of the wine can be affected by your body heat. Also, stemmed glasses are easier to store than stemless glasses.
Stemless – Sometimes referred to as tumblers, these are perfect for everyday usage, as well as casual events and outdoor parties. These glasses also work well as a water glass for more formal events where wine will be served in a taller glass.
Tapered – These glasses help prevent spills that may result from swirling, but also suspends the wine’s aroma at the top of the glass and prevents it from wafting away when swirled.
Flared – This type of glass will taper and then flare slightly. It will hold the wine toward the front of one’s palate, and highlight the flavors of the wine but temper the acidity.
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