The 4 Basic Types of Wine Glasses
Choosing the right type of wine glass to pair with any particular wine doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Understanding the fundamentals of wine glassware and how their unique designs enhance your wine drinking experience is much simpler than you might expect.Let’s take a closer look at the most common types of wine glasses.
Red wine glasses are easily identified by their bowl shape. They are often the largest type of wine glass because the larger bowl enhances the bouquet and flavor of red wines. Considering how large the bowl is, you shouldn’t fill the glass more than 1/3 full.
White wine glassware can be distinguished from red wine glassware primarily by the bowl. It features more of a U-shape and often a more upright design. With the slimmer design, white wine glasses should be big enough so when you pour the wine it doesn’t fill more than 2/3 of the glass. White wine glasses also tend to have longer stems.
The sparkling wine glass is commonly referred to as a “flute” or a “champagne flute”. However, this type of wine glass is typically used for all sparkling wine, not just exclusively for champagne.
With a long stem, the flute is extremely upright and narrow.
You may notice that the stem is slightly longer than a red wine glass, and approximately the same height as a white wine glass. This longer stem allows you to hold the glass in a way that does not transfer body heat from your hand to the sparkling wine.
Dessert Wine Glass
Dessert wines are typically served after dinner. Dessert wines can come in all shapes and sizes. Common glasses for dessert wines are sippers, port glasses and sherry glasses. The main characteristic these wine glasses have in common is their small, compact shape that help accentuate the rich aromas and sweet flavors.
When looking to start a stemware collection, choosing a set for red and a set for white is the best place to begin. If you drink mostly full-bodied red and white wines, a set of Cabernet or Bordeaux glasses for your reds and a set of Chardonnay or Viognier glasses for your whites is the perfect starting point for you.