Whether sweet or dry, white or red, robust or light, wine requires very specific serving procedures in order to reach its full flavor potential. In addition to proper serving temperatures, each type of wine requires a specific style of glass for service. To get the most out of your wine collection, browse through the links below to choose the ideal wine glass for your needs.
|Red Wine Glasses||White Wine Glasses||Dessert Wine Glasses|
|Sparkling Wine Glasses||Rose Glasses||All-Purpose Glasses|
Below is a chart showing you which type of wine glass to serve with various types of wine.
Below are the typical characteristics of a red wine glass:
Below are the typical characteristics of a white wine glass:
Below are typical characteristics of a dessert wine glass:
Below are typical characteristics of sparkling wine glasses:
The best rose wine glass depends on whether you are drinking a young or mature rose. Below we go through the characteristics of a flared lip glass or a glass with a slight taper.
If a single glass type is all that your circumstances permit, an all-purpose wine glass is the way to go. Although the experience may not be the same as when you use the proper glass type for the application, these glasses offer a similar function at a lower cost and increased efficiency.
Below we go through the differences between crystal and glass, so you can choose the best material for your needs.
All crystal is glass, but not all glass is crystal. In general, it is the lead content of glass that is the main determinant in the classification of something as either glass or crystal. The presence of lead softens the glass in crystal, therefore making it more easily cut and engraved. It also increases the weight of the glass and causes the glass to diffract light; traditional glass on the other hand is generally lighter in weight than crystal, and light will not diffract through it. In traditional lead glassware, the lead has a tendency to leach out of the crystal. To combat this, today's crystal glassware is typically unleaded.
Below are the practicalities and benefits of a crystal wine glass:
Below are the details of choosing a receptacle made of glass:
When deciding between crystal and glass, take into consideration the environment in which the wine glass will be used and what your washing situation is like. While glass offers a more practical solution for casual, bustling restaurants, crystal is perhaps a more fitting solution for high-end, formal events and restaurants. Or you may choose to purchase some of each, so you can use either glass in the correct situation depending on your needs.