We've seen an explosion of wine glass forms over the last ten years, ranging from simple and economical to luxurious and expensive, which can make the choice daunting. Wine glass shopping has become overcomplicated! This guide has simplified it and we hope to assist you in selecting the perfect wine glass for your preferences.
Why Does Choosing the Right Wine Glass Matter?
In short, winemakers have an intended flavor and experience when they create a wine. A wine glass’ style, shape, and thickness can play a crucial part in how the wine is presented and how it tastes. While many winemakers would argue that the wine itself is the most important aspect, getting the right glass can make a difference to your appreciation and enjoyment of any wine. Let’s get into it!
Bigger Bowls Enhance Reds
The shape and size of the bowl affect the amount of air that reaches the wine, which affects the scent and flavor. Red wines have stronger aromas and require more aeration to reveal their flavors. For this reason, a wider bowl permits more oxygen to reach the wine. Fuller-bodied wines, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Bordeaux blends, are generally served in wider bowl shapes.
Thin Glass Smooths the Taste
The thickness of the glass at the rim can obstruct the smooth flow of wine from the glass to the mouth. If you drink from a glass with a thin-cut rim and no lip, the wine will reach your taste buds more smoothly than if you drink from a thicker glass with a rolled lip. Thinner glasses are likely to be more fragile, which could be a factor in storage and durability.
Stemmed Glasses Maintain Wine Temperature
While stemless glasses are great for everyday drinking, they may not be the ideal choice for savoring high-quality wines. They force users to hold the bowl, rather than the stem or base, causing the warmth of the wine to rise as a result of the hand's heat. This is particularly crucial for those who enjoy white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, which are best served chilled or moderately chilled. With stemless glassware, fingerprints and smudge marks are also unavoidable.
No matter your preference, Big Wine Glasses has the perfect glass for you.
All wines, regardless of type (red, white, rosé, sparkling and fortified) contain important aromas that have a vital function in the wine's overall character. Exploring the aromas of your wine is enhanced through choosing the right wine glass.
The Balthazar has a broader bowl and a bell-like appearance. At 9.8 inches tall and holding 29 ounces, it is perfectly shaped to bring out the most from lighter and medium-bodied reds like Pinot Noir or a Burgundy. With its flatter bottom, it sits comfortably atop your hand, and when you swirl your wine, be prepared for the marvelous nose that comes forward to greet you!