Wine Glassware: Guide For Beginners

While there's nothing like practice in the proverbial quest for perfection, choosing the wrong goblet along the way detracts from your enjoyment of the wine. Although no one can stop you sipping your wine out of any glass, cup or tumbler that catches your fancy, there are special wine glasses designed to help you see, smell and taste the best wine. You can also look for the best wine tasting course online.

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Generally, every wine glass should be clear and unadorned to help you view the color and the clarity of the wine. Colored glasses and crystal glasses are, therefore, not in the running.


Then you have to take into consideration the temperature the wine should be served at. Since the warmth of your hands will increase the temperature of the wine, the stem of the glass should be long enough for you to hold the glass without handling the bulb. Red wines may be served in shorter stemmed glasses as these are generally drunk at room temperature.

Best for the bouquet:

The second aspect of wine tasting, as we had discussed earlier, is the bouquet of the wine. To nose the wine, you need to shake it up a bit by twirling it in the glass. This means that the glass should be large enough to enable you to hold a substantial amount without being filled to the brim. 

Always fill only two thirds of the glass. There's nothing more irritating than trying to rotate your glass, and having the wine spill all over your clothes.

Glasses that are curved inward at the top will intensify the bouquet. The tulip which narrows towards the rim is good for both red and white wines. When you sniff the wine, the tulip channels the aroma to the nerve receptors at the rear of the nasal cavity.