Which Types of Wine Glasses Do You Need?

May 05, 2015

It really does matter which wine glass you use. The shape of the glass influences the amount of aromas that are released. Smell and taste are unquestionably linked together; thus, for the most complete tasting experience, you need proper glassware to maximize your perception of the wine. A wine professional will want to have a large assortment of glassware available to them. However, we believe that you can entertain and enjoy wines in your home with only two types of wine glasses – a classic wine glass and a Burgundy-style glass. We do openly omit that we have a bias to two types of wines – chardonnay and pinot noir; thus, we’re trying to maximize those two tasting experiences. Spring_Which Glass Do You Need_Glasse We recommend using the Burgundy glass for red wines. The larger bowl allows for proper aeration when swirling which is great for bolder wines like cabernet sauvignon and syrah. The narrow rim helps concentrate the aromas, especially beneficially for pinot noir. Use the classic wine glass for white wines from chardonnay to sauvignon blanc. Since white wines don’t need as much aeration as red wines, you don’t need the large bowl. Moreover, the narrower bowl keeps the white wine cooler and concentrates the aromatics. Sparkling wine does not have to be served in a traditional flute to be properly enjoyed. We’re recommending that you use a classic wine glass. It’s difficult, nearly impossible, to cram your nose into those narrow sparkling flutes. A classic shaped wine glass with its larger bowl and rim allows for more oxygen to enter the wine releasing more aroma; however, that same oxygen will also cause the bubbles to dissipate more quickly. Narrow flutes do keep the oxygen out allowing the bubbles to stick around longer. We’ll leave the final decision to you, but we think a classic wine glass works very well. We do think that stemless wine glasses do have their times and their place – picnics, outdoor activities, sporting events, etc. We recommend shying away from them at home and sticking with stemmed glasses. If you are touching the bulb of your glass, then you are warming up the wine with your hands. You are also able to swirl easier when you do have a stem. The stem also keeps unsightly finger smudges off your glass. The bottom line is that there is no right or wrong way to drink wine. Think about your preferences (aromas/aesthetics) and make your choice. Cheers!