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Wine Glasses

by Staff Writer - C. Barnett | July 09, 2011

There are different wine glasses for every different type of wine available to drink. Some believe that drinking from the proper wine glass can enhance your enjoyment of the wine. There are many types of wine glasses to choose from. There are the standard all-purpose wine glasses which hold about 9 or 10 ounces of wine or the specific wine glass based on type. If you don’t want a wine glass that is easily breakable, stay away from the thin balloon glasses. When you fill your wine glass it should not be filled more than halfway. This leaves room for the bouquet to develop. The size and shape of the bowl determines the strength and density of the bouquet. All of our senses are involved in wine appreciation, and the choice of glassware can stimulate the sight, aroma, and taste of a wine.

Types of Wine Glasses

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Wine glasses should be made of clear glass and rimless. The clarity of the glass allows you to see the color of the wine and rimless helps to avoid drips and spills. The thinner the rim, the less the glass interferes with the wine as it enters the mouth. Wine glasses are designed to enhance the taste and feel of drinking wine. For each wine there are specific wine glasses to select from.

  • Red Wine Glasses A good red wine glass should have a capacity of at least 12 ounces. Red wine glasses usually have a wider bowl shape. It is rounder with a short stem. It has a wide round bowl for better exposure to air for release of flavor and aroma. This type of glass is also known as a goblet.
  • White Wine Glasses White wine glasses should be long, slender and have a long stem. They usually have a narrower bowl shape. The length is long to ensure less contact between the wine and the glass because white wine is more sensitive to temperature changes than that of red wine.
  • Sparkling Wine/Champagne Glasses: Champagne flutes should hold 6.5 ounces or more. The flute is the traditional wine glass of choice. The bowl is narrowed, lengthening the time it takes to fill the glass. These are similar to that of white wine glasses with the difference being a more elongated bowl. This prevents heat loss during contact. It has an equally long stem. Champagne glasses have a very narrow opening. The narrow glass offers less surface space for the bubbles (carbon dioxide) to escape.
  • Dessert Wine Glasses These are known as aperitif glass used to serve sherries, shooters or liqueurs. Usually smaller glasses are used to serve dessert wine because the alcohol content in this type of wine is higher. Always use a small glass with a small opening to help concentrate the rich aromas of these wines. The old favorite is the tulip-shaped sherry glass. It is filled two-thirds of the way so as to better release the wine's aroma.
  • Stemless Wine Glasses These wine glasses are rounded in shape and look like tumblers. Often red wine is served in these. A wine glass with a large bowl and a narrow opening will work together to amplify the wine's bouquet. They give plenty of space for the aromas to expand, but only a narrow escape.

Making Your Wine Glass Selection

If you are not a wine connoisseur and simply want wine glasses that are pretty, you may choose hand painted wine glasses, colored wine glasses, etched wine glasses, engraved wine glasses or any number of decorative wine glasses available. Remember that the wine glass selection is yours. You may experiment with many selections to find your favorites.

How to Clean your Wine Glasses

After you make your wine glass selection and you finish drinking your wine, you will want to hand wash your wine glasses with hot water. Do not use soap while washing. Soap can leave a residue on the wine glasses that may interfere with the aroma of the wine on their next use. After washing your wine glasses, hold the glass up to the light to ensure they are clean and ready for your next glass of wine.

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