Let me set your expectations; the market has a lot to offer when it comes to wine glassware – just because there exist a hundred different versions of vino out there.
If you’re looking for wine glasses for personal rather than commercial use, we recommend that you stick with glass vessels that can cater to your any day needs.
As much as there are a lot of things to learn about wines, same applies to their glassware. Here are some facts to know before you purchase your first wine glass collection.
1. The Parts
There are three parts to any wine glass: the bowl, the foot, and the stem. The bowl which refers to that area where you pour the wine varies with the liquor accordingly. The foot keeps the glass steady while the stem is that thin piece that connects the bottom of the bowl to the foot of the vessel.
2. Stem vs. Bowl
Where you hold the glass affects the temperature of the wine. Most experts suggest for drinkers to grasp the glass on the stem, towards the base of the foot, to maintain the ideal temperature all throughout. However, at times when you feel your wine is colder than it’s supposed to be, holding the bottom of the bowl increases warmth.
3. If It’s Red, It Needs a Bigger Cup.
Red wine needs to breathe more than white wine to allow optimized tastes, flavors, and aromas. Hence, wine gurus suggest that you use a glass that has a bigger bowl. You may also use large-bowled glasses for old or full-bodied white wines for a cooler temperature and better aroma.
While it wouldn’t hurt so much if you don’t get yourself specific glassware for your wines, using the correct types will help maximize your drinking experience. But let’s say, you wanted to drink your wine bottoms up from the bottle, no one will ever complain. It’s your choice.