Names & Types of Wine Glasses

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Names & Types of Wine Glasses
Yes, the type of glass you choose does affect the flavour of the wine. (wineglasses image by iChip from Fotolia.com)

Just as different wines have varying flavours, the glass you serve that wine in should be shaped to enhance the best qualities of the wine. Choosing the proper glass for your wine will make your drinking experience more enjoyable. Keep a set of each of these glasses on hand to be prepared to serve any type of wine.

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Red Wine Glass

Red wine glasses have a characteristic large, wide bowl, especially compared to other wine glass types. Their larger size lets the drinker put his nose inside the glass to savour the aroma of the wine before tasting it. Use these glasses for serving red wines.

Names & Types of Wine Glasses
Red wine glasses are large with tapered sides. (red wine image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

White Wine Glass

Smaller than red wine glasses, they also feature straighter sides, giving white wine glasses a U-shape. The shape of the glass helps to keep chilled white wines cooler longer, while its sides direct the stream of wine to the sides of the tongue so the drinker can experience the crisp flavours of white wine.

Names & Types of Wine Glasses
White wine glasses feature straighter sides compared to their counterparts for red wine. (glass of white wine image by Patrick Moyer from Fotolia.com)

Sparkling Wine Flute

Serving champagne or other sparkling wine in wide glasses degrades the quality of the drink quickly by causing the bubbles to dissipate. Flutes have narrow sides and a small opening at the top to keep the bubbles in the wine as long as possible by reducing the surface area of wine exposed to the air.

Names & Types of Wine Glasses
The long, narrow champagne flute retains carbonation in the wine longer. (flute de champagne image by razorconcept from Fotolia.com)

Dessert Wine Glass

These smallest of wine glasses are designed to allow for a smidgen of sweetness after dinner without overwhelming the drinker with a sugary wine. The tiny size of these glasses also makes them an ideal choice for stronger fortified wines, such as port or sherry.

Names & Types of Wine Glasses
The smallest dessert wine glasses also can be used to serve stronger fortified wines. (Glass of Port image by Christopher Meder from Fotolia.com)

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