How to Choose the Right Wine Glass for Your Wine

Wine glasses have a larger impact on the taste of the wine than most may think. Beyond being a delivery vessel, the glass can be as unique as what it holds within. Below is a brief description of each wine glass and why it benefits the wine, and wine drinker. It is important to know the lingo—the stem and the bowl combine to create wine stemware. There are stemless glasses as well, however the following list considers only stemware.

Red Wine Glasses

Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux – This is what is considered as a "standard" red wine glass. It is tall with a full-sized bowl that tapers towards the top. It directs the typically tannic wine to the middle of your tongue.

Shiraz – This is the tallest of all Red wine glasses with a distinctly tighter taper towards the rim.

Pinot/Burgundy – Generally not as tall as the traditional Cabernet glass. Also, it has a much wbowl to furtider her enjoy the deep aromatics typical of this varietal. Often the rip tulips at the top to accommodate the high acidity and direct it to the tip of your tongue.

Port – Port glasses tend to be on the petite side. Port has a higher alcohol content so it's best to limit the quantity without minimising the flavour.

White Wine Glasses

Chardonnay – What a Cabernet glass is to Red wine, a Chardonnay glass is to white wines. This is the traditional white wine glass most would use for any white wine. The shape is similar to that of a Cabernet glass, but it is proportionally smaller.

Sauvignon Blanc / Pinot Grigio – This bowl of a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio glass is smaller than a Chardonnay bowl. It is designed to bring out the acidity in these two types of wines.

Montrachet / White Burgundy – This glass is similar to Red Burgundy or Pinot Noir glassed but is shorter in height. The bowl is consistently wide with this style as well.

Champagne Glasses

The most distinct of them all, the Champagne flute is designed to highlight the floral tones and fine bouquet of the beverage. With the thinner bowl, bubbles in the glass last longer because less surface area is exposed. You can toast to that.

Cleaning Wine Glasses

It is best to hand wash wine glasses with a mild and fragrance-free soap and warm water. As you wash, hold the glass by the bowl and not the stem as you use a longer sponge to clean the inside of the bowl. Lastly, hand-dry with a lint-free cloth to remove any water or soap spots.