Ever wonder why wineglasses come in a variety of shapes? Or, are you are a beginner wine drinker and can't figure out what glass to use when serving wine to your guests? Is there a difference?
According to Riedel Glass, an Austrian glass manufacturer, the philosophy is simple. The content of the glass determines the shape.
Sparkling wines are served in a tall, narrow glass allowing the wine's bubbles to form at the bottom and rise to the top better than in a wider or more shallow glass.
White wine glasses are shorter than a Champagne glass with a medium diameter bowl. If, however, your white wine is more full-bodied, serve it in a glass with a slightly larger diameter bowl, allowing it to breathe and release its full aromas.
Lighter or medium bodied Red Wines are served in a glass with a slightly wider bowl than that of a white wine. Heavier Reds need the largest bowl in order to mix as much wine as possible with air. You also will be able to stick your nose into the glass to appreciate the wine's bouquet.
Dessert wines are served in small glasses or ones with small bowls.
Why all the differences? Try tasting the same wine from different glasses. From the moment you stick your nose into the glass to the final tasting...you will notice a difference. Does that mean you've been doing it wrong. Absolutely not. It's up to you how you want to serve and drink your wine. These ideas just may help you get started.
Besides...it's fun experimenting.