Over the past decade or so, wine glass shapes have appeared on the market, ranging from simple and inexpensive to elaborate and exorbitantly expensive. While there are still variety-specific glassware options (cabernet sauvignon / bordeaux, pinot noir / burgundy, chardonnay, etc.), universal glasses are on the rise and may be the perfect choice for any style of wine.
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Whether red, white, rosé, sparkling or fortified, aromas play a vital role in its overall character. The smaller the chalice, the harder it is to release all those aromas. Larger chalices ensure that more oxygen comes into contact with the wine. They also lend themselves to easier rolling, which not only looks cool when done properly, but will aerate the wine and help it open.
Breed specific versus simple red or white
Over the past century, glasses have been designed for just about every major grape variety. Each wine style has specific characteristics in terms of acidity, fruit expression, tannin and alcohol, and the different glass shapes enhance or soften those characteristics. If your goal is to build up a great collection of wine glasses, this is fine. However, a standard cabernet or red wine glass will suffice for all red wines and a chardonnay glass for white wines. If you're looking for a variety specific glass,
here's the gist of the rules:Cabernet sauvignon / bordeaux
Your traditional red wine glass. Bordeaux tend to be high in alcohol and tannin. A larger chalice with more height creates more distance between the wine and the drinker, so that ethanol disappears in front of the nose and more oxygen stimulates the tannins to soften.
Syrah / shiraz
Slightly taller than the Bordeaux glass and with a slightly tapered top, this glass is designed to focus the fruit and allow enough aeration to soften the tannins in these powerful reds.
The extremely wide calyx and tapered rim allow plenty of aeration, concentrate delicate aromas and showcase the bright, rich fruit.
Chardonnay / Viognier
Your traditional white wine glass. It is intended for young, fresh wines, as the somewhat narrow rim concentrates the nose of very aromatic white wines. The smaller chalice also keeps white wine colder than the large chalices used for red wines.
Similar in shape to the pinot noir glass, but with a smaller bowl, the wide bowl and narrow rim concentrate aromas and achieve maximum aeration on creamy whites to reveal subtle complexities and offset a rich fruit concentration. This glass is often confused with the Chardonnay glass.
The champagne flute is all about the bubbles. It keeps the fruit and possible yeasty aromas concentrated with its narrow design, but also ensures that the fizz lasts for a long time.
These wines are higher in alcohol than regular bottlings. A smaller calyx reduces alcohol evaporation and highlights their rich fruit and complex aromas.
With or without stem
While stemless glasses can be excellent options for everyday drinking, they may not be the best option for enjoying higher quality wines. They force users to grasp the chalice rather than the stem or base, raising the temperature of the wine from the warmth of the hand. It's not a big disaster for red wines, but it is for white wines. Fingerprints and smudges are also unavoidable with stemless glassware.
Thin is in
The latest trend in glassware is a super light, thin stem and rim of the glass. These elegant collections, such as Zalto and Zenology, can feel like you're barely holding a glass. Tasting rooms and top wine restaurants offer their best wines in this style glassware. However, they are as delicate as they are sophisticated. If too many broken wine glasses become a problem in your home, you may need something sturdier like Riedel or Fusion.
Forget the flute
Sparkling wine, especially Prosecco, is consumed now more than ever. But wine lovers try to enjoy the aromas that come out of the glass, which can be counteracted with the traditional narrow champagne flute. While toasting with a flûte is always popular, a white wine or universal glass is often the better option. If you're looking for an alternative, a coupe or tulip-shaped champagne glass allows the bubbles to flow a little longer than the typical wine glass, allowing more of the intense aromas to be enjoyed.
One glass for everyone
If you don't want to choose which glass goes with which wine, the universal glass is the right choice. The size is somewhere between a chardonnay glass and a smaller red wine glass. It is the most versatile option to enjoy all your favorite wines, including sparkling wines! A universal option is offered by almost every glass brand and it is becoming increasingly popular.