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How to Choose the Perfect Glass for Your Wine

January 12, 2022 4 min read No Comments

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Hey happy wine lovers! If you want to get the most out your wine, then it is time to start paying attention to what you’re pouring your wine into! I know you might be thinking that this is just a marketing scheme put on by the wine industry to get you to buy more stuff – but trust me on this one…it does make difference. I’m going to share with you how to choose the perfect glass for your wine!

Pop the Bubbly

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Now there are many forms of a champagne glass, from flutes to coups. So what makes one more superior than the other? Honestly, personal taste! So long as the bubbles are coming in a single bubbly line from the center bottom of the glass. That is the main key! That’s the sign that you are drinking your bubbly out of the proper glass. To order yours you can click here!

White Wines

With white wines you have to choose a wine glass with a more narrow mouth on the glass. This is because most white wines have more delicate flavors and aromas. With a narrower glass it helps bring out some of those more subtle aromas more toward your nose. It also exposes less of the wine’s surface area to air and helps preserve white wines’ chill. Now that is a little different when it comes to OAKED Chardonnays – they need their own glass. That is because the malolactic acid fermentation process and it changes how the wine tastes and smells, which is why oaked chardonnay needs its own special glass.

Red Wines

Now we are down to the big the bad and the tannic! When you love to drink big-bodied and tannic wines you need to let that baby breathe. That means you need to have a bowl designed to swirl! A large wide bowl will best allow their bigger bolder aromas and flavors to emerge. Wider wine glass bowls allow more aromas to waft up to your nose and also help aerate the wine as you drink, helping release more flavor. But not all glasses are created equal for red wines, for example, Pinot Noir!

Pinot noirs are lighter in body and this is where I learned to insert foot into mouth about wine glasses making the difference. Riedel taught me a lesson in experiencing wine (no this isn’t promoted by them – true life experience), it was when I learned about how to drink wine out of the proper glass was through a glass of Pinot!

Extreme Pinot Noir

Stem or Stemless

When it comes to choosing a stemmed versus stemless glass, it’s mostly a matter of personal preference. However, drinking from a stemless glass can increase the wine’s temperature because of your hand holding the bowl (and in turn the wine) instead of holding the glass’s stem. Making stemless less ideal for white wine drinking — however, it is really up to you and what you prefer for your wine drinking experience!

Consider Universal Wine Glasses

If you don’t want to take up all your cabinet space with all these different types and styles of glasses then maybe you should consider a Universal Wine Glass! Gabriel Glass is a perfect example of a universal wine glass! It is the glass I use for my daily drinking of my wine. What makes it perfect is that it has a wide bowl base for red wines, a narrow top for whites, and even is designed to have sparkling wines severed in it!

Gabriel Universal Wine Glasses

Ultimately, the decision is going to be yours and what you want to use for your wine drinking. As I said before, I know it sounds like it could be a marketing scheme to get more money out of us wine drinkers but it really does make a difference. Not just for wines either, I got my husband drinking out of Riedel’s glasses for his Gin and Tonic drinks. This man is beyond skeptical about the different glass “theory” but when he drank out of his new glasses he said that he was able to smell and taste more out of these glasses.

If you want to drink out of a mason jar – more power to you! No judgment here! I am just arming you with knowledge. If you’d like to learn more about wine, check out some of my other blog posts here – Cheers!


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