Looking to match your favourite wine to a complimentary glass? Or looking for a fantastic gift for a wine lover? Choosing the right glass can make the drinking experience a MILLION times more satisfying. And wines come and go but a wine glass will stick by you, making them a lovely gift (especially when paired WITH a bottle of your favourite vino)…
Favourite wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
These types of wine are Bordeaux wines and so you should choose a specialised Bordeaux wine glass. These glasses are satisfyingly big and round, for aeration of full-bodied reds: meaning flavours and aromas have room to develop, with a narrowing aperture to collect the aromas to savour with every sip. The Bordeaux shape is also designed to direct the wine to the back of the mouth.
Favourite wine: Pinot Noir
For Pinot noir lovers, choose the speciality Burgundy wine glass. These have the largest bowl for its fragrant and complex nature: giving the space needed to allow these delicious qualities to fully develop. Differing to the Bordeaux glass, the Burgundy glass will direct the wine to the tip of the tongue, where it is said to be most sensitive to sweetness.
For those without a firm favourite red wine stick to a Bordeaux glass or simple red wine glass. A safe option for someone who likes a Merlot one evening and a Shiraz or Chianti the next.
Favourite wine: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio
Recent research has shown that Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are the two most popular grape varieties in Britain, so if you’re looking to gift a glass, perhaps white is a safe bet. For the average white wine lover, unlike reds, a single type of white wine glass should suffice. White wine glasses are smaller than the red variety, exposing less surface area to keep the wine chilled for longer. A larger bowl like that of a red wine glass is unnecessary as white wines do not need as much aeration as bold reds.
Favourite wine: White Zinfandel, Provence Rosé, Grenache Rosé
A good choice for a rosé fan is to choose a white wine glass. Rosé is made from red grapes but is made in the style of white: it lacks the bold flavour of reds and is served chilled. For this reason you want a smaller glass, and a white wine glass will fit the job nicely.
Favourite wine: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava
There are three commonly used wine glasses for sparkling wines: the tulip glass, the flute and the coupe. Generally you will find that a tulip glass is the better choice for expensive champagnes and older, more developed sparkling wines. This is because there is more room in the glass for development of complex qualities.
For younger wines you may prefer a flute, which will deliver lots of bubbles and taste rapidly. For more details, you can read up on the pros and cons of each sparkling wine glass here.
Happy sipping! :)
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