Floral and fruity. Rich and robust. Bubbly and blissful. What is it about wine that is so enticing? Somewhere over the thousands of years, many countries have shaped wine into what we know it as today. From pewter goblets to ceramic coffee mugs, wine can be consumed in just about any vessel. But are you using the right vessel for the right wine? Scientists (and indeed, fellow wine-lovers) have studied which glasses go best and why. The bottom line? Different glasses affect the aromatics and vapors in different wines—and these aromatic vapors have everything to do with the way you smell, taste, and engage with your wine. When paired with the correct glass, you can really wow your guests and take your wine to the next level.
Arguably the most popular of the wine types, red wine glasses can vary depending on the type of red wine that is served. One major difference in red wine glasses is that they tend to be larger with a wide mouth opening. There are many reasons to use these glasses when drinking red wine:
- They help release more tannins
- The large bowl helps create a bigger swirl, releasing the aroma
- More oxygen can come into contact with the wine
- The wide opening creates a smooth taste
While there are red wine glasses that can be paired specifically with different red wine, the biggest difference between these and white wine glasses are the large bowl and wide opening to better suit your red wine needs.
The perfect summer refreshment, white wines tend to be in smaller bowls than their red wine counterparts. The biggest reason for this is that they quite simply allow the wine to stay cooler for longer. While red wines are served typically at room temperature, white wines are often chilled for maximum flavor. It also helps to protect the delicate aromas from escaping too quickly.
Beyond white and red wine, some wines don’t fall into either category. These wines typically have their own glass. For example, port wines come in much smaller glasses, similar to a tasting glass to help keep the aroma of this stronger wine. Champagne flutes help preserve bubbles, but a white wine glass would also suffice with your favorite bubbly. Whichever your preference for wine, by using the right glass you can benefit the wine that you choose—and impress your guests with your sommelier flare!