When it comes to wine glasses, most people are not aware that there are actually four types of wine glasses. For most people, it does not really matter what type of glass is used as long as it is a wine glass. However, for connoisseurs, the type of wine glass used when serving wine is equally important because, according to them, the glass’ shape helps to heighten the taste and texture of the wine.
Components of a Wine Glass
Nearly all types of wine glasses are made with this configuration – bowl, stem, and base.
Bowl - this acts as the container for the wine. Its shape and size vary according to the type of wine to be consumed.
Stem – this acts as the handle so you do not unintentionally transfer heat from your hands towards the bowl which could warm up the wine and upset its overall taste and quality. Also, the stem prevents you from setting smudges over the clarity of the bowl so you can enjoy the visual aspect of your wine drinking.
Base – this is basically what allows the whole wine glass to keep upright and prevent the contents from spilling out.
Material for a Wine Glass
When drinking expensive wines, it is only proper that you have the right type of wine glass that goes along with it. Also, the type of wine glass should also be made from quality materials so you can truly enjoy color of your wine and how the light affects it. This means you need a wine glass that is both very clear and very smooth. Experts often whirl the contents of their glasses as if admiring the texture and color of the wine inside the glass. Having a clear and smooth glass is essential for such because it allows them to appreciate the wine even more.
Usually, the ideal type of wine glass is made of crystal. Blown glass is preferred most of the time because they can make the glass very thin. Although thicker glasses does not necessarily change the taste of the wine, it is how you put your lip on its thick opening that makes the subtle change, according to experts, because how you sip the wine is no longer directly in contact with the tongue.
Types of Wine Glasses
1. White Wine Glass – the bowl is usually in the shape of a ‘U’ to allow the aromas to be unconfined without actually heating up the wine.
2. Red Wine Glass – the bowl usually has a bigger opening to allow you to dip your nose inside the glass so you can smell the flavors and aroma of the red wine. Having a big surface area is very important for red wine because this allows more air to get inside the wine glass.
3. Sparkling Wine Glass – the glass is also called a flute. Its shape has a much narrower opening so the carbonation of the wine is retained while allowing the narrowed opening to capture the flavor of the wine.
4. Dessert Wine Glass – this type of glass is usually smaller and the opening rests at the back of the mouth when sipping to allow you to taste the sweetness of the wine.
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