The Standard Sizes & Dimensions for Wine Glasses

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    The Standard Sizes & Dimensions for Wine Glasses

    Pairing the correct wine glass with the correct wine is actually somewhat complicated. In general, the type of glass, length of stem and shape of the bowl all contribute to how the wine tastes. In almost all cases the wine glass is designed for you to hold at the stem, which prevents your fingers from heating the wine. Fingerprints on the bowl of a wineglass are typically a sign of someone who doesn't know his wine.

    Pairing the right glass with the right wine improves the tasting experience. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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    White Wine Glasses

    Chardonnay glasses are 142 to 198gr. with a wide bowl featuring a slightly tapered top. The design of the glass aims to keep the wine cool. You should serve glass at the same temperature as the wine. Savignon Blanc glasses are slightly smaller in the bowl size at 5 to 6 oz. The bowl is more narrow and the stem is longer to aid in the enjoyment of the wine's aroma. The Reisling glass is 6 to 7 oz. with a narrow and tall bowl and long stem. This glass is typically chilled.

    White wine can be very aromatic and a lot of attention is given to the nose of the wine. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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    Red Wine Glasses

    Pinot Noir glasses have large bowls at 992gr. The bowl may tilt out at the rim to speed delivery of the wine to the palette, and the stem is often shorter. Merlot glasses are 851gr. and somewhat narrower with a longer stem. The rim may taper slightly but this is a swirl wine and the base is often larger. Shiraz wine glasses are smaller at 567gr. and taper strongly to the inside. Port glasses are very narrow at 8 to 9 oz. and designed to release the aroma of the wine.

    A fine red wine is rich in body and strong in aroma. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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    Dessert and Ice Wines

    Dessert and ice wines often have specialised glassware that tapers up from the stem before widening into a bowl. The size of the glass is from 11 to 13 oz. and it is designed for swirling to activate the wine. The shape and contour balance the wine to air ratio to produce the best finish on the wine.

    You should store wine glasses upside down and away from sunlight and odour producing items. (Jupiterimages /Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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    Champagne and Sparkling Wine Glasses

    Champagne glasses are called flutes. This type of glass works with the production of the wine's famous bubbles. Flutes are narrow and tall and only hold 6 to 8 oz. of wine. When you pour the wine, the bubbles rise to froth at the rim of the glass so that the excitement of the froth bursts on the lips and tongue the instant you taste the wine.

    Champagne is enjoyed chilled and fresh from the bottle when the bubbles are the most active. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

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