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Wine And Champagne Glass – Which Is Best?

When you wonder what you call a wine glass or which wine glass to pick for which wine choice.  If you do, then you might be interested in this information on ‘drink-ware.’

Stemware is drink-ware that stands on stems above a base.  Stemware is most often made from glass, but may also consist of ceramics or metals materials.  Stemware storage chests preserve and provide safe storage alternatives to open shelves.

Stemware includes these glasses and their often decorated styles or variations:

For the sake of simplicity and relevance we are focusing this post on stemware related to the consumption of wine and champagne.

1 – Brandy Snifters are primarily used for after dinner drinks.  Brandy can be defined as Pomace brandy, Fruit Brandy, or Grape Brandy.  The brandy glass is also good for brandy, scotch and cognac.  Serve your Brandy without ice (neat)  or on the rocks .

When you are looking for a Brandy Snifter keep these points in mind:

  • While resting in your hand it has excellent balance
  • It has a large surface area for enhanced aroma and flavor
  • The glass is crystal clear and silky smooth
  • Durability for years of enjoyment

2 – Champagne coupe (or saucer) is a stemmed glass that is shaped like a saucer and is used for serving champagne.  It’s not used so much now for serving champagne.  For awhile now it has lost its champagne serving appeal because the more broad surface of the rim allows the champagne to lose the bubbles (carbonation) too fast, unless you are the kind of person who doesn’t need a glass and prefers the bottle anyway (use a glass bowl if this is you), this is more an appropriate choice for a daiquiris style of drink.

If you prefer, you have the option of a white wine tulip glass, which has the shape of a tulip in that the rim is more narrow than the middle and it is closer to a champagne flute, but it is still considered a champagne coupe – without the disadvantage of a flute of ripping your back out from tipping the glass back for the last of your champagne.  Interesting enough, this glass is preferred for sparkling beers.

2a – A Champagne Flute is also a stem glass but the bowl is tall and narrow instead.  The design was created to play up the bubbles, aroma and flavour.  Weddings are symbolic celebrations for this glass style.

Keep these things in mind with a champagne flute or saucer:

  • You can hold the glass stem without touching the beverage, this allows for zero fluctuation of your beverage temperatures.
  • There is such a thing as too small a stem diameter.  Your goal is to carry the champagne glasses on a tray easily.
  • Smoother surfaces let you enjoy the bubbles in your mouth, instead of in the glass.

Wine glasses:

3 – Red wine glasses have a wider, more round bowl.  The rounder bowl lets oxygen mingle with the wine to alter the flavour and aroma.  Yes, that is good – for oxidation to occur, because it allows you to appreciate your red wine experience more.  Red wine glasses can be either a Bordeaux glass, which has a broader bowl for the fuller bodied reds, or a Burgundy glass with an even more broad and larger bowl yet.

  • Pick a Bordeaux glass that is tall, so that the wine travels down the slope of your glass and goes immediately to the back of your mouth and the base of your tongue. Generally speaking, you will want a glass large enough for the wine to breathe and for the fragrant aromas to mingle. Some people like a glass that is large enough for their nose to fit in while they sip their wine. For those people it is simply a matter of comfort.
  • Pick a Burgundy glass that is also large as well, but has a shape more like a bowl. The cup will be more ‘squat’ and the wine has to travel a faster changing slope before arriving into your mouth and being deposited on the tip and sides of your tongue. This Burgundy bowl lets you appreciate the strong aromas while also focusing on the flavours of the brighter and lighter components of the wine.

3a – White Wine Glasses are as varied as butterflies.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  You’ll notice that they are a designed with a smaller size and a bit of a closed shape so that the wine stays cool longer.  The surface area and volume ratio helps to minimize the contact of air between wine, making it cooler-longer.

The glass shape allows you to taste the wine on the sides and front of your mouth – where you’ll experience the sweet or dryness of the wine.  Crisper wines are the result of a good white wine glass.

The wide mouth glasses promote a faster oxidization which alters the flavor of the wine.  A smaller mouthed glass reduces the surface area and therefore, the oxidation rate.

And for those sparkling wines, an yet smaller mouthed glass is used so that the wine is sparkling longer.  Now THAT’S A CELEBRATION!

If you really want to get into the swing of things, try to collect one set of each glassware that is relevant to your wine choices so that you can fully experience the exquisite tastes that accompany good stemware choices.

Now that you know what you are doing, can you identify these glasses?