| 10/27/17 3:00 PM
How to select an appropriate wine glass?
The glass plays a significant role in feeling the spirit of a particular wine, whether red, white or rosé. The glass shape and size can help us discover certain features and nuances of the wine character.
The long-lasting tradition in wine tasting has established the types of glasses which are most appropriate for the particular types of wine.
The classic red wine glass
This is the most common type of glass used for drinking most of the red wines. It is ideal for Beaujolais and other young wines, but it can also highlight the taste of even more capricious red wines. The shape allows you to feel both the bitter, sour and tannin scents in the red wine.
The universal white wine glass
The shape of this glass is selected in such a way to enable wine show its colour and bouquet. It allows the wine to run slowly down the mouth, thus getting first in contact with that part of the tongue, which is responsible for the sour and bitter taste. The sweeter scents are felt a little bit later.
The champagne glass
This glass is narrow in order to allow small bubbles of carbon dioxide in the sparkling wine to reach the surface and release their scent right to the nose. The rich content of bubbles, their uniformity and the duration of their release determine the quality of the champagne.
The rosé glass
If you are a fan of rosé, you may use for it a white wine glass, as rosé ferments the same way as the white wines.
However, when choosing special glasses for rosé, those having thicker rim are the choice of preference. Such glasses allow the wine from the glass to pour right on the top of our tongue where the receptors for sweetness are located. This emphasizes the sweetness of wine, if any. Glasses with narrower bowl are preferable. The longer stem helps wine to stay cool for a longer time.
The dessert wine glass
As suggested by their name, the dessert wines are sweet and are ususally served with a dessert. Since there are many different types of desserts, the general rule for choosing appropriate wine is that the wine should be sweeter than the dessert it is served with.
The glasses for this type of wine are smaller in order to direct wine to the back of the mouth, where its sweetness could not be perceived so strongly.