How to choose the right wine glass
So, you’ve put in the hours to carefully curate your wine collection for every occasion, but now you’re stuck on which glass is best to get the most out of every drop? We’re not going to tell you that you have to stop drinking out of your favourite mug, tumbler, or other vessel, by all means, do what is right for you… However, if you do decide you want to consider splashing out, how to choose the right wine glass is key to make your wine taste even better!
Ideally, each of us would have endless space for storing glassware perfect for each and every bottle we open, however this is not always the case and storage space can be tight. We recommend having a minimum of three different types of wine glasses (excluding your favourite mug). This will allow you to make the most out of each wine be it a red, white or a sparkling variety. Ultimately, the ‘wrong’ wine glass won’t stop you enjoying the wine, or damage the wine in any way, but the right wine glass will help you get the most flavour.
We’ve put together this guide to help you with how to choose the right wine glass and get the most flavour and enjoyment out of each bottle.
Our guide on how to choose the right wine glass for every colour!
Whether you choose a Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Malbec or another variety, red wine tastes best in a larger glass. The wider opening can help smooth out the wine’s tannins, leaving you with a smoother texture and less bitterness. The space between the wine and your nose also allows the ethanol to evaporate meaning you can take in more aromas from the wine itself.
White wines tend to have a more delicate, floral aroma and therefore work best in a smaller bowl. These wines are typically enjoyed chilled, and the smaller bowl also allows for the wine to maintain its chilled state for longer. That being said, if you prefer a full-bodied white wine, such as a Chardonnay, these can be enjoyed from a slightly wider glass without much effect on the taste profile.
If you opt for a sparkling wine, the traditional, and most obvious choice, is a Champagne Flute. The long and narrow design of the glass traps the bubbles in, keeping your glass fizzing for longer. Some people prefer a slightly wider opening, like a tulip glass, or if a retro style is your go-to, a wide-rimmed coupe glass is definitely the choice for you. This glass design will also allow the flavour profiles of older, richer sparkling wines to open up.
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Traditional Stemmed or Stemless glasses
The main differences when it comes to wine glasses, is the size and shape of the glass itself. Both stemless and their stemmed counterparts have their merits. Stems allow you to pick up your wine without altering the temperature, and therefore the flavour, of your wine. But, stemless glasses are easier to store, better for those who make a habit of being slightly clumsy and are perfectly fine as an alternative to the traditional choice. Rinkit Top Tip: If you do opt for a stemless wine glass, ensure you put the glass down between sips to mitigate your glass warming up too much throughout the night.
We hope this guide has given you an insight into how to choose the right wine glass for your favourite tipple.
Thank you for reading,
The Rinkit! Team