Wine glasses, in their many shapes, not only add visual appeal, but they also serve an important function in enhancing the flavor of the wine. With so many varieties available, you can find wine glassware in nearly every style to accommodate any budget.
While crystal wine glasses are at the higher end of the price spectrum for glassware, the material which the glass is made of is less important than the glass''s shape. In fact, some wine experts even state that the size of the bowl is crucial to the ultimate flavor, as the bowl size affects how the aroma rises above or sits on top of the liquid as you drink the wine.
The basic wine glass shape is similar to a tulip in bloom, meaning that wine glassware always has a wider base with a more narrowed, tapered top. However, aside from this basic structure, the size of the glass, as well as the degree to which the top is narrow, varies dramatically for wine glasses meant for different types of wine.
Here is a breakdown of what types of glasses to use for each type of wine:
While you can get specialty wine glasses from manufacturers around the world, those limited on budget and storage space may want to consider getting a set of all-purpose wine glasses, a type of glassware produced by many manufacturers. These all-purpose glasses are designed to be acceptable in most serving situations, regardless of whether you''re serving red or white wines.
One of the more popular trends in glassware today is the stemless variety of all-purpose wine glasses. These wine glasses are particularly useful for wine enthusiasts with children or pets because they are less likely to spill.
Here are some tips for how to care for your wine glassware:
Wine glasses come in so many varieties that you can actually pick glasses suited to a particular type of red or white wine. However, for generic, everyday use, a simple set of glasses for whites and another for reds is adequate. While the standard size for white stemware is 9 ounces, a wine glass for reds will be around 12 ounces.
When you''re ready to expand beyond the basics, here are some tips for how to select nicer glasses to suit your needs:
Serving wine in the appropriate glasses takes the senses to new levels. Although wine glassware is all about convention, how you serve your favorite white, red, bubbly or apéritif should depend on your preference. Choose designs and shapes that you enjoy and the taste of the wine will follow accordingly!