It’s well-known that the shape of your glasses has an impact on the taste of wine. However, the same principle applies to liquor, cordials, and beer. It is both an art and a science that choosing the right glassware can be fun. First, research your drink to determine its predominant characteristics. Then, read the following tips for choosing the right glassware to bring out these primary notes.
The world of wine glasses can be dizzying. Bordeaux? Burgundy? Stemmed or unstemming? It is important to understand some basics before you decide on the right glass for your special bottle. A wine glass is made up of three parts: a bowl and a stem. The foot is the bottom.
Red wine glasses generally have wider bowls to enhance the aromas collected at the wine’s surface. White wine glasses, on the other hand, have narrower bowls to maintain temperature. Small nuances in length, width, and shape can help to highlight or encourage oxidation and carbonation. Your environment may also be important. If you’re planning an outdoor party, for example, stemless tumblers might be better than a long-stemmed one that is more susceptible to being broken. Wine Enthusiast has a variety of glasses that will suit any wine drinker, regardless of the bottle being uncorked.
Red Wine Glasses
A wide bowl is necessary for red wine glasses. It will help inhale volatile compounds and allow for oxidation, which can bring out more complexity over time. Decanting red wine to prevent oxidation is crucial. For delicate flavors like those from Pinot Noir, the Burgundy glass is the best choice. The wide bowl helps to concentrate the pleasant-smelling compounds. For medium-bodied, spicier wines such as Zinfandels or Malbecs, your standard red wine glass is your best choice. If you are unsure about whether to use a tumbler or a stemmed wine glass, it is best to choose a tumbler for more casual settings and finer wines. Tumblers can transfer heat more from your hands to the wine so it’s best to avoid tumblers.
Wine Enthusiast offers a perfect match of glassware for every occasion. But the Zalto denk’Art Three-Pack Wine Glass Set will ensure you are prepared for any occasion. The 3-piece set comes with a Universal, Burgundy, and Bordeaux wine glass so that you can enjoy every bottle of your collection. These luxury glasses are dishwasher-safe, lead-free, and mouth-blown. The Universal glass is best for powerful, full-bodied wines. It’s expressive and has a smooth character. Burgundy glass should be used for expressive and powerful wines with more than 13% alcohol. The bowl’s shape integrates all the wine components, bringing out the sweetness and fruit. This glass is ideal for Barberas and Pinot Noirs. Bordeaux wines are recommended because they have a lot of character and high levels of tannins.
Wine Enthusiast offers a wide range of well-matched red wines to enhance your wine tasting experience, regardless of your preference.
White Wine Glasses
The shape and size of white wine glasses are different from their red counterparts. Some white wines like oaky Chardonnays benefit from some oxidation to enhance their buttery aromas. However, more delicate white grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc retain their crispness and are protected from oxidation. The standard white wine glass for Chardonnay and Viognier will have an even wider bowl than a red wine glasses. This allows for a cooler temperature while still allowing the aromas to concentrate at its rim. The white Burgundy glass has a similar bowl, although it is not as wide as the red Burgundy. A Universal-shaped glass is the perfect tool for wine lovers and can be enjoyed with many white wines just like red wines.
White wine is often associated with summer images, such as sunshine, warm weather, relaxation by the pool, or even a boat bobbing in a sapphire ocean.
Wine Enthusiast has the perfect Chardonnay glass set for any outdoor occasion. This set of 4 indoor/outdoor Chardonnay glasses are stemmed to keep your wine cool but are made from shatter-resistant Eastman Tritan ™ copolyester (BPA-free/FDA-approved) that won’t crack or break, so you can sip carefree, anywhere. This shape is ideal for Chardonnays with buttery, oaked aromas. It has a large enough bowl to concentrate the aromas but is not too wide to encourage over-oxidation. These glasses are essential for any wine lover who wants to enjoy white wines in spring and summer.
Sparkling wines are served in the famous flute. We all know it from Instagrammed brunch mimosas and wedding Champagne toasts. This glass is tall and narrow, which keeps sparkling wines chilled and preserves their delightful carbonation. A coupe or tulip-shaped Champagne glasses are better if you want to appreciate the sparkling Rose or Prosecco aromas.
The Zalto Denk’Art Champagne Glass is the glass for you if Champagne is your preferred wine. It is dishwasher-safe, lead-free, and mouth-blown. The bowl’s tulip-shaped shape preserves sparkling wine, Cava, Prosecco, and Champagne bubbles. It also allows the lovely floral and mineral aromas of the Cava to concentrate at the lips for an exceptional sip.
Port & Dessert Wine Glasses
Port and dessert wine glasses are made to highlight the sweeter, higher-alcohol-content flavors of these beloved after-dinner drinks. Port and dessert wines are more likely to overwhelm the palate due to their higher sugar and alcohol levels. Therefore, they are served in smaller glasses. This compact form helps concentrate flavors and enhances the richness of aromas.
Port glasses are an excellent gift and a must-have in any home bar. These Riedel Vinum Port Glasses from Wine Enthusiast are the ideal choice. The slim bowl and narrow rim highlight the sweetness and richness of the port while also preventing the overconcentration of alcohol aromas. This port glass is essential to fully appreciate the complex aromas, complex flavors, and lingering finish this variety has to offer.
Different types of liquor glasses
Just like the vast world of wine, liquor, beer, and liqueurs also has their array of flavors, aromas, complexities, and intricacies that are best showcased in appropriate glassware. These glasses are stylish and practical, but still functional enough to serve any type of tipple.
Scotch & Whiskey glasses
Whiskey and Scotch are mysterious, sophisticated, and sometimes dangerous drinkers. High-rye whiskey blends can enhance the complexity and intensity of whiskey, while more wheat-heavy recipes can make it milder. This iconic liquor’s glassware is the same in that it can be expressed in a variety of ways. A rocks glass is the most common whiskey or Scotch serving glass. It is a large tumbler that can hold ice and allow for aromas to form. The glass also allows heat to alter the flair profile. Stemmed whiskey glasses can also be used to keep fine whiskeys cool and at the right temperature for enjoyment.
These iconic platinum whiskey glasses are the epitome of modern elegance. These elegant whiskey vessels are hand-blown from crystalline glass. They have a solid bubble base that adds sophistication to the vessel. The glasses are then polished and finished with a platinum band for luxury. These glasses are a great way to elevate your whiskey, scotch, or bourbon drinking experience.
The most common whiskey glasses are made from a traditional, solid rocks shape. This allows heat to transfer from the drinker to the spirit with flaming dr pepper, and the whiskey’s aromas and tastes evolve over time. This set of Zenology whiskey glasses offers a whole new, premium experience for the discerning whiskey drinker eager to open that special bottle. These glasses were created in collaboration with Kara Newman (Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Spirits editor) and are inspired by the most popular wine glasses. These crystal glasses, handcrafted by artisans, are tulip-shaped but wide enough to accommodate ice cubes. They also prevent excessive alcohol fumes from escaping. The stemmed glassware keeps premium whiskey, bourbon, and Scotch at the right temperature to enjoy every sip. These glasses are perfect for whiskey bottles and will be your go-to for any drink that requires an extra touch of elegance.
There are many styles of beer glasses, but the pint and mug are the most popular. The pint glass, which is most commonly used in bars and restaurants, is the most common beer glass shape in America. Standard pint glasses hold 16 ounces. They have a wide mouth and narrow towards the bottom. These glasses are great for beer drinking because they are easy to use, clean, and stack easily. Although less common, the beer mug is more popular and can be enjoyed in greater quantities. There are many sizes of beer mugs, but they almost always hold more liquid than a pint glass. It is easy to hold and keep cold beer cool with its thick walls and sturdy handle.
Every beer lover will appreciate a custom pint glass, and Wine Enthusiast has the perfect set of four Personalized Shield Pint Glasses. These pint glasses are customizable with a 16 character initial and engraved in a shield design. These glasses will be your favorite beer vessel.
If the beer mug is more your style, you can enjoy the same quality and customization in the Wine Enthusiast Shield Beer Mugs. This set includes 4 beer mugs. You can have your initial and name engraved on the mugs. They are heavyweight, which will ensure they last for years and let beer lovers enjoy their favorite brews in classic style for many years.
Cordial & Liqueur
Cordial glasses are small and stemmed. These elegant vessels can hold small amounts of your favorite brandy, flavored liquor, and are often found at the end of large meals. There are many varieties of cordial glasses. Some have a tulip shape for a concentrated flavor and others have a larger bowl to sniff out aromas.
Brandy is perhaps the most famous cordial. Wine Enthusiast has a beautiful Riedel Vinum Brandy Snifter set that comes with two brandy glasses. The elegant cordial glasses made from fine crystal allow you to truly appreciate the rich colors and texture of your brandy. The wide bowl allows you to easily grip your glass and swirl it, warming and further expressing its nature. You may find that cordials are the perfect addition to your evening routine after you have tried brandy in these elegant glasses.
While glass shape and size are a science, choosing the right glasses for your barware collection can be an art. The right wine glass, sparkling wine flute, or beer glass will enhance your drinking experience and allow you to enjoy every drop of your favorite tipple.