A wineglass shape is based on more than simple good looks. Each type of wine glass is designed to capture and enhance the aromas and flavours of individual wines, ensuring maximum enjoyment. It’s worth giving a little thought to choosing wine glasses that you plan to use.
When choosing types of wine glasses, pay attention to the material from which it is made. At the very least, the glass must be plain and clear. Part of the enjoyment of wine is appreciation of the colour. The wine glass must have a stem, not just because it’s pretty, but to assure that warmth from the hand does not increase the temperature of a wine that has been served chilled and for avoiding those greasy fingerprints. Also, when choosing wine glasses, make sure the bowl is large enough to allow enough room for the wine to be gently swirled without spilling the wine. This swirling action will release the wine’s aromas.
Different styles of wines call for different types of wine glasses. Consider the preferred wine glasses for Champagne and sparkling wines (a flute), red wines (a wine glass with a larger bowl) and white wines (a smaller bowl). While the complete range of wine glasses may be impractical for anyone but aficianados and restaurants, follow our guide below to enhance the experience of your favorite wines.
Red wines benefit from exposure to air, so a larger wineglass bowl makes sense for reds.
An oversize rounded bowl captures the rich, fullbodied aromas of burgundies and exposes a generous portion of the wine to oxygenation.
3. Sherry Copita
Whether dry or sweet, sherry is best enjoyed from a small, almost straight-sided glass.
4. Champagne Flute
The classic shape is tall and thin, to preserve the bubbles in sparkling wines. A long stem prevents the hand from coming into contact with the flute and warming the chilled wine. 5. Port Glass A small tulip shape holds the rich fortified aromas of a good port.
6. Brandy Snifter
The large bowl allows brandy or cognac to be swirled and aerated, while the narrow opening captures the liquor’s intense, mellow fragrance. A short stem is desirable so that the drinker can cup the bowl in the palm to warm the liquid and release even more flavour.
7. Classic White Wine glass
The smaller bowl and long stem is ideal for preserving the temperature of chilled white wine.
8. ISO Glass
A diminutive tulip shape is the glass decided upon by the International Standards Organization for all-purpose wine tasting. The strictly governed dimensions are 155mm high in total, with a bowl height of 100mm. The diameter of the opening should be 46 mm. while the bowl at its widest is 65 mm. The small size holds 50 ml(2 oz), making it easy to hold the glass and swirl the wine before sampling. A larger version of this glass is best to have on hand for serving still white, red or rosé wines.