There is a glass for nearly every kind of wine. Do you need to own them all? Luckily, no. Here’s a guide to the four basic glasses that accommodate different types of wine.
White wine glasses
White wine glasses are generally smaller than red wine glasses. Why? Because white wines are served chilled, the reduced wine glass surface area helps keep the wine cool.
Red wine glasses
In order for the flavor and bouquet of a red wine to fully develop, it needs air—which it gets from a larger red wine glass.
Champagne and sparkling wine glasses
Champagne glasses are narrow because they help keep the bubbles of champagne and sparkling wines intact, which preserves the fizz.
Dessert wine glasses
Dessert wines are typically sweet and often fortified with brandy, so they are usually consumed in small quantities. These wines are best served in small glasses for delicate sipping.
If you're not ready to invest in both red wine and white wine glasses, then have an all-purpose wine glass on hand for both. The one requirement for a general-use wine glass: It should be narrower at the top, which helps concentrate the bouquet. Also, consider clear wine glasses: They let you see a wine's true colors.
How to Pour Wine Perfectly
When pouring wine, fill the glass a little less than half full. This gives the wine's flavors and aromas room to develop and helps prevent spills when you swirl the wine in the glass.
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