Which Wine Glass Should Be Used with Which Wine Variety?

Your Wine Glass is Important

Almost everyone enjoys a glass of wine from time to time, or every week, but not everyone understands the importance of the vessel they drink it with. To fully enjoy your selected wine, it’s really important to know which glass shape and size works best for a particular wine. Different glasses have different shape and size functions. Here at Wine Design, we want you to make the most of your wine, every time, by using the best type of wine glass.

Wine Glass Shape

In the same way that wines need different serving procedures and temperatures, they also require specific glasses. Certain shapes are just better for enjoying some types of wine, so wine drinkers and enthusiasts must have an idea.

The shape of the wine glasses serves a purpose – to present the best-tasting wine possible. Glasses are shaped differently according to the best taste and smell conditions that would work for specific types of wine. The glass allows the drinker to smell the aroma while directing the drink to the roof of the mouth, the tip of the tongue, or the back of the mouth – all these affect the wine’s overall taste.

With so many different glass shapes and sizes, it’s easy to be confused and overwhelmed. Read more about them to be equipped with new knowledge and enjoy wines more at the next gathering.

Red Wine Glass Shapes

Red Wine Glass Shapes

In general, glasses for red wines have larger and wider bowls for the beverage to breathe. That allows the wine to bring out the exciting flavours. At the same time, the large opening makes it possible to smell the aroma much easier.

Standard Red Wine Glass

Some glasses would be suitable for most red wines, and although the specific wine glasses would still work best. These standard red glasses allow the drinker to get the most out of the rich flavours of the different wines through the small openings.

Burgundy Wine Glass

Lighter red wines work best with Burgundy wine glasses. The thin rim makes the glass easier to drink from, while the broad bowl allows the drinker to smell the aromas more straightforwardly. The top, which is narrower than the bowl, is perfect for tasting the nuances of the wine’s taste.

Pinot Noir Wine Glass

The Pinot Noir glass is one of the most common red wine glasses and is commonly mistaken for the Burgundy glass. It also has a wide bowl that enhances the wine’s aroma and taste because the drink gets more air.

Bordeaux Wine Glass

Heavier wines need to be in a completely different glass altogether. The Bordeaux glass is tall, so there is a distance between the wine and the drinker. The distance allows for more oxygen, softening the tannins, lessening the bitterness and directing the wine to the back of the mouth.

Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Glass

Some glasses are better for the taste, while others enhance the smell. The Cabernet Sauvignon glass improves the aroma because the broad bowl helps the wine take air in. The glass is still tall, and some deviations of the glass have narrow rims.

White Wine Glass Shapes

White Wine Glass Shapes

White wines are typically lighter, so the glasses tend to be a bit smaller. They also need to retain the cool temperature. A lot of white wines are fruity and floral, and the shape maintains and even enhances these aromas.

Chardonnay Wine Glass

The Chardonnay glass may be the most common white wine glass there is. The large opening evens out the sweet and acidic tastes in the drinker’s mouth. It works for heavier wines and allows the aroma to thicken.

Sauvignon Blanc Wine Glass

Floral and fruity white wines work great with the Sauvignon Blanc glasses because the slender bowl leads the sweet aroma to the drinker. The shape directs the wine smoother into the mouth. The glass is best with lighter wines because it enhances both the aroma and taste.

Montrachet Wine Glass

The large bowl and large opening of the Montrachet glass are perfect for complex white wines. There is enough space for air to reach the wine, and the opening allows the drinker to taste the sour and acidic flavours while smelling the aromas.

Riesling Sweet Wine Glass

Riesling sweet wines require a smaller glass rim so that the drinker would not be too flooded with the taste. The sweetness might catch some people off guard, so the wine must be directed to the back of the mouth, to cover as much of the palate as possible, which promotes a rounded flavour.

Sparkling Wine Glass Shapes

Sparkling Wine Glass Shapes

Sparkling wine needs to preserve the carbonation, so the shape of the glasses must successfully retain it and prevent it from dissipating quickly. These drinks are commonly used for special events, and the wide base keeps the glass steadier.

Flute Wine Glass

The medium-length stem often characterises the Flute glass. The carbonation is necessary with sparkling wines, so the base gathers the bubbles to rise quickly. Additionally, the narrow bowl retains the flavour.

Vintage and Coupe Wine Glass

These glasses are easy to recognise because they are short. The broad and shallow bowl holds a small amount of wine. Back in the ‘20s, it was used to serve champagne. Still, it’s not as popular today because the air exposure messes with the aroma and bubbles of the drinks.

Tulip Wine Glass

These glasses are named as such because they so closely resemble the shape of the flower. It has a slim base that gets wider and then narrows again. The narrow top helps prevent the bubbles from escaping, and the wider bowl lets the drinker taste the complex flavours.

Add Your Own Personalised Wine Bottles from Wine Design

Once you have selected your desired wine and found the best glasses to match the occasion, why not consider adding a personalised bottle or bottles from Wine Design to enjoy from? Call Wine Design today on 1300 798 098 or email sales@winedesign.com.au, so we can easily arrange this for you. With Wine Design, you can find even more ways to enjoy wine and make a special occasion even more memorable.