Wine glasses to use for different types of wine, explained

Why do wine glasses come in so many styles? How do you know which kind to use? Does it really make a difference?

While our readers in the industry may know their way around a glass cabinet blindfolded, selecting the right glassware for your dinner party can be a minefield.

In the interests of demystifying the intricacies of service for those new to the trade, we spoke to Gabe Geller, comms director at US importer Royal Wine, who gave us a blow-by-blow on when you should opt for a balloon-shape, tulip or flute depending on your serve.

Keep scrolling to find out just how much science goes into your wine glass…

4 Responses to “Wine glasses to use for different types of wine, explained”

  1. arthur Glay says:

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  2. Great article! It was really interesting, especially because here in Murano we have a long tradition of wine glasses. It was really useful, thanks!

  3. Santeno says:

    There is so much nonsense in this article. At best the restriction of the glass opening Aida in the speed of ethanol disipation. That’s it. Period, full stop. Modern wine glass shapes and the mumbo jumbo that follows them has absolutely nothing to do with verifiable science or the human palate. It dies have everything to do with marketing. More specifically, marketing introduced by Glassware Maker Riedel. They are the ones who invented the entire concept of different glass shapes for different wines and spirits and did so for the sole purpose of selling glassware. They too are the ones who invented the marketing that keeps repeating all these silly claims about what glass is best and why.

    • Steve Blaxland says:

      Santeno, unfortunately, experience shows that people who express themselves with the type of vitriol you used have a closed mind and very little knowledge. The way I see it is that champagne flutes deliver everfessence to the tongue first of all and then deliver the actual taste and flavour to the back palate. Glasses with a bigger balloon are more apt for red and white wines because they hold the aromas of the wine better and deliver the bulk of the liquid, and therefore the acids and tannins to the sides and middle of the tongue and also to the gums. Although I would agree that Riedel went over the top, people have been using different shaped glasses for different liquors, for a very long time and for good reason. Even if you were scientifically correct, which I seriously doubt, if different wine glasses make your personal perception and enjoyment of a particular wine better, then so be it. I am sure science will support me on that one!

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