In every corner of the wine business, you will come across connoisseurs who insist the glass you drink from is as important as the wine you’ve selected. That the ideal glass will improve the flavor of the wine. Now, enter any significant section or kitchen store, and you’ll have dozens to pick from, and ranging in prices from just a few dollars on up to hundreds per glass. What’s all of the fuss about?
I certainly want to understand. A good deal of it is a marketing ploy: we’ve begun to mystify wine glasses at the exact same way we are taught to believe that pricey wine is greater, and that there are “correct” wine options. There are certainly people who “make it” and choose their wine glasses accordingly. And if that’ foldable wine cup for you, do it. For the rest of us, realize that you can have a very enjoyable experience with your wine, irrespective of the glass. Wine is wine; the glass doesn’t make the wine.
1. Red or white? Red wine is usually served in glasses with wider mouths cause it allows the wine to breathe. Same with the very large glasses - you know the ones I am talking about. Because white wine is made to be consumed immediately and doesn’t hold up to the aging procedure very well, it is most frequently served in the narrower-mouthed and smaller eyeglasses. That’s the only reason, and that means now you can feel free to throw out this rule when you’re at home–you won’t probably notice any difference dependent on the glass. We sure do not.
2. Stemless glasses are all the rage right now, and can be extremely enjoyable. They are available in many varieties and shapes and in both red and white styles. But, we typically stick with drinking red wine out of stemless glasses, just because white wine warms up too fast in our grasp. (BTW, that is the exact same reason people hold white wine in the stem - to prevent warming the liquid during consumption.)
3. Yes! Wine is an adventure, something that you linger over and enjoy. At home you should have glasses that you love to hold. I have a favorite amber-glassed goblet for my red wine; Nate favors our stemless most often