Pair the right wine with the right glass
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to know which glass to pair with which kind of wine. We’ve done the homework for you, so read on! There are four basic types of wine glasses – those for red, white, sparkling and dessert wine. Each glass is specifically shaped to maximise the flavour of the wine. The bowls of all wine glasses are tapered upwards to help direct the wine’s aroma towards your mouth and nose.
RED-WINE | The bowl of a red-wine glass is fuller and rounder than the others, and has a larger opening. The complex aromas and flavours of red wine demand a glass with a larger bowl so the wine comes in contact with more air. A red-wine glass is usually tall, allowing the wine to proceed directly to the back of the mouth to maximise its flavour.
WHITE-WINE | The bowl of a white-wine glass is more U-shaped, allowing the aromas to be released while also maintaining a cooler temperature. The slightly larger opening of white-wine glasses directs the wine to the tip and sides of the tongue, where you can taste its sweetness or dryness.
SPARKLING-WINE | A sparkling-wine glass is upright and narrower. This helps it to retain the carbonation and capture the flavour of the wine.
DESSERT-WINE | A dessert-wine glass is smaller. In this way it can direct the wine to the back of the mouth so that the sweetness isn’t overwhelming. The smaller glass is perfect for a serving of dessert wine since this drink generally has a higher alcohol content than other wine.