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When it comes to drinking, one of the most loved drinks of all the times is wine. As much as we love wine, it is equally important for us to know that to enjoy our wine in its full form, we have to serve it in the right glassware. Yes, we may not realise it but the aroma and the magic of the wine can be relished in its full form in the right glassware.
Parts of a wine glass:
The foot is the part which helps your glass to stand still.
Stem is the part of the glass by which you can hold your glass without causing any specks on the glass.
Almost all the bowls of the wine glasses are narrower at the top. The glasses are designed in such a way which help our mouth and nose to take pleasure in the incense of the wine.
The lighter the rim, the better is the experience of drinking the wine. It helps the wine to flow out sleekly from the glass.
1. Crystal or glass?
Wine glasses are made using glass. Crystal is actually made out of glass but has lead content in it which helps to easily mould it and get it into shape. The glasses which are made using crystal are a bit heavier than the conventional glasses and have the ability to disperse the light passing through them.
Although, the best glasses for drinking wine are the ones which are made from crystal, many people refrain from buying them because they are quite expensive and delicate at the same time.
Is it true that the shape of the glass affects the taste of wine?
You may be surprised to know but it’s true as the various parts of the glass influence the wine’s aroma, magic and flavor. If you don’t choose the right glass, wine may just seem very bland and boring. Thus, choosing a right glass is very significant to enjoy your wine in full swing.
2. Difference between red wine and white wine glasses
The red wine differ from white wine so as the glasses. Red wine glasses are larger than the other glasses and have taller stems. If the bowl of the glass is bigger, it will help to allow the scent of the wine to flow, and the narrow opening of the glass makes it easy for the scent to reach our nose.
A red wine glass usually has a long stem which helps you to spin the wine around effortlessly, thus allowing the aroma to reach your nostrils in a better manner. It also helps to refrain the contact between the bowl of the glass and the palm of the hands as it can warm up the wine, deteriorating its flavor and taste.
A white wine glass usually has a tinier bowl than that of a red wine glass. If the white wines are poured in a bigger bowl, its flavor may actually vaporize. You may not be able to even smell the flavors. When the bowls are smaller, they can also help to retain the chilliness in the wine.
3. Sparkling wine glass
Though you can drink sparkling wines like champagne from the glass you drink a white wine, but if you are purely looking to enjoy its taste, you can go for the following glasses too.
Coupe: You can go for this one if you’re going for a sweet and fruity wine wherein the flavor doesn’t get affected by the bubbles as they appear quite vanishy in its case.
Tulip: It has a broad bowl so you can chose this one for fruity wines.
Flute: It works best with dry sparkling wines as it doesn’t permit the wine to breathe much. It can help to retain the bubbles for a lot of time.
4. Fortified wine glasses:
Fortified wines get highly influenced by the shape of the glass. Here’s how it is:
Port glass: It is narrow at the end but has a wide base maximising the flavors at one focal point.
Sherry glass: It is quite small than other glasses and doesn’t allow the wine to let out much.
Madeira glass: Compared to the port glass, it has a broader base. It allow the flavors to intensify and breathe out more.
Standard white wine glass: They are quite small in size as compared to the normal white glasses. It helps the wine to maintain its temperature and avoids the flavors from fading too soon.
As we can see, a glassware can boost up or ruin your wine tasting experience. So, it’s best that you keep various types of glasses in shelf to enjoy wine- its aromas and flavors in the best possible manner. Take time and understand everything as it will help you to exactly experience the wine just like the winemakers wanted you to encounter.
● Author Bio/Credentials
Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about traveling and cooking. She has been a regular contributor for-https://www.findrarewhisky.com/whiskylife/