Optimal glass shape for a better wine experience
As we have established in past blogs, wines have their own characteristics and as such they require different temperatures, storage, food pairings and of course how they are served. This time we will help you understand the importance of having the right glass in order to get the best out of your chosen wine.
This info-graphic will offer you some guidance on the optimal glasses to serve your wine in.
In a nutshell the Bowl part of the glass is designed to concentrate and direct the aromas to your nose. This allows you to swirl the wine around the glass, further releasing the aromas.
Red Wine Glasses
Red wine glasses usually have larger, wider bowls, that allows for more oxygen contact with the wine. This allows for better airing of the wine and the release of the complex flavours and aromas.
White Wine Glasses
The bowls of white wine glasses tend to be smaller than the bowls of red wine glasses, because the aromas are lighter and you do not need to exposed the wine to large amounts of oxygen as you do with reds.
Sparkling Wines, Prosecco and Champagne
Champagne or Prosecco glasses are known as "flutes", thanks to their tall, slender, taper-free design. This shape drive the bubbles and liquid on the tip of your tongue, for an immediate exposure to taste, aromas and texture.
For vintage champagnes, or richer non-vintage champagnes a wider bowls are preferred. This is to allow the richer, more complex flavours to develop.
A general tip
Grip the wine glass by the stem. Gripping the bowl will leave fingerprints on the glass, and will warm the wine. This is even more relevant if your are drinking chilled wines. You will want it to keep chilled for longer!
Enjoy wine responsibly.