It is essential to select a particular wine glass for a certain wine style, as the shape of wine glasses can considerably affect the wine’s perception.
Used for drinking and tasting wine, the proper use of wine glasses is also an important part of cuisine etiquettes. Part of the frequently neglected yet highly obvious thing about the correct use of wine glasses is the stem part of the glass. The proper manner to drink a wine from wine glasses is to hold its stem, then drink. It is not just for social or elegance purposes, yet scientifically, holding the wine glass this way matters the wine temperature.
The temperature of the wine, which turns out to play a favorable factor in the overall taste of the drink, is not at all affected if your follow the correct way of holding wine glasses. This is obtained since the stem of the glass is not directly in contact with the drink. The wine temperature will be a lot harder to control had one grasped the glass by its bowl since it is directly in contact with the drink.
The shape of wine glasses also plays an important role as this concentrates the aroma and flavor of the wine. The glass shape also straights the wine in the best spot of one’s mouth from its varietal. The stem of wine glasses is also an important part because it gives a way for the drinker to grasp the glass without causing the wine to warm. It will also avoid markings of fingerprints on the glass, making the glass easier to twirl.
Basically, there are three types of wine glasses: the champagne flutes, glasses for white wine and glasses for red wine.
Red wine glasses are characterized by having a wider and rounder bowl that gives the beverage a passage to breathe. This design also lets the wine to quickly cool after it has being hand contacted and warmed by the drinker. They have two particular styles: Bordeaux glass and burgundy glass.
Glasses for the white wine are narrower with tulip-shaped or straight sides. Its narrowness lets a chilled white wine to keep its temperature. Champagne wine glasses are tall, with narrow bowl on the top. This design is intended for the sparkling wines to remain desirable when consumed.
Meanwhile, the ISO standardized some wine tasting glasses. They are stemmed in shape with tapered, elongated bowls, having the capacity of 410, 300, 210 or 120 milliliters.