The Perfect Wine Glasses

California Wine ToursWhich wine glass should you choose for different wines?  Is there really a difference?  You bet.

It doesn’t matter if you are in for some serious tasting, or if you’re spending a pleasant afternoon enjoying a glass of wine—the wine glass matters.

The ideal glass for any wine, except champagne, has a round, bulbous bottom with sides that slope inward as they go up.  This concentrates the fragrance of the wine all the way to the top of the glass, giving you a very pleasurable experience.  Smell and taste are closely related.  So, the scent also makes the wine taste as full as it should.

You can always pour another glass of wine, so don’t be greedy.  Just fill the glass about one-half of the way up the glass.  That gives the wine, and the aroma, plenty of space to mingle, circulate, party.

Clear glasses are nice.  They might not be the most beautiful, but they are a good setting for your wine.  A clear glass shows off the wine’s color.  Some people prefer glasses with no stem, some feel that having a stem helps them swirl the wine with more ease.  Whichever you prefer is fine.

Bottom line:  Pick a style that you like, not a style that is currently fashionable.  The bowl should be wider than the rim.  After that, choose a glass that makes the experience of enjoying wine even a finer one!

Writer: Meredith Blevins, featured writer for Join her at for wine-country mysteries, classes, and the untamed west.

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