We’ve created so many different blogs to boost your wine knowledge so far, including pronouncing wine names, pouring the perfect glass of wine, and properly maintaining crystal wine glasses. We have also emphasized the importance of choosing the right wine glass to bring out the best flavour from your favourite bottle of wine. But we haven’t got round to talking about how different types of wine glasses enhance the aroma and taste of wine, have we?
One of the most important factors behind our enjoyment of wine is the physical and emotional sensations behind it. That’s why it’s so important to choose a wine glass which accentuates the wine’s taste, aroma, and aesthetics. All wines require a different type of wine glass to bring out their flavour, including red, white, sparkling, rosé and even dessert wine.
As we all know, wine glasses are comprised of a base, stem, and bowl. The most important part of a wine glass, however, is the shape and size of the bowl because that’s the part that holds the wine! Usually, wine is poured to one third of the bowl or where the bowl is widest, to maximise the wine’s contact with the air. With different types of wine glass, these parts may vary which plays a significant role in enhancing the true taste of the wine.
Compared to all other types of wine glass, those designed for red wine will have larger and wider bowls. This is because wider bowls bring more wine in contact with oxygen, allowing the wine to breathe and release its complex aroma. The choice of red wine glass plays a significant role in mitigating the wine’s bitterness and delivering a smoother taste. The wider the opening of the bowl, the smoother the taste.
White wines are typically served in smaller bowled glasses. This is because white wines contain a lighter, more floral aroma. Smaller bowls tend to preserve floral aromas better and maintain a cooler temperature. With full-bodied white wines like Chardonnay, White Rioja, and orange wines, however, you’ll notice that these works better with larger bowls.
Champagne glasses are tall, slender, and taper-free. These glasses let you sense the aroma upon your first sip and keep the bubbles on the tip of your tongue. Because of their shape, these glasses are known as “flutes”. For richer champagnes and sparkling wine, wider bowls can be used to allow the richer taste to develop.
If you’re a fan of rosé but aren’t sure which type of wine glass to use, go for a white wine glass that leans more towards the narrower bowl and longer stem. This design will accentuate the fruity aroma of the wine.
Believe it or not, there are wine glasses made especially for dessert wine. Dessert wine glasses usually have smaller bowls due to the higher alcohol content of the wine and are designed with a highly tapered rim for easy swirling. The design also helps to prevent the sweetness from being too overwhelming.
In truth, you can drink wine from any container you have to hand; wine glasses, coffee mugs, or even mason jars. However, if you want to truly taste your wine, it’s important to pick the right type of glass. LUCARIS crafts world-class quality crystal stemware with Aerlumer® technology, which is guaranteed to bring out the best wine sensory properties, including aroma and taste. Look no further for the perfect wine glass for your favourite wine, choose LUCARIS.