Why is the right glass important?
Believe it or not, but the glass you serve your wine in actually has a big impact on how the drink tastes. For one, glasses with a larger surface area promote faster evaporation of ethanol, leaving the wine tasting smoother. Taller glasses will keep the wine further away from the nose, so the aroma is not as overwhelming, allowing for the detection of subtler notes.
Different wines have different requirements for making them taste the best they can, for example, white wine is usually better chilled, whereas red is better served at room temperature. Therefore, different glasses may be needed for serving wine in its ideal conditions.
Requirements of Glasses for White Wine
White wine does not need to be exposed to the air as much as red wine, meaning that it can be served in a slimmer glass than you would pour red into. Typically, a U-shaped bowl glass with a stem will be used. The stem is most important for white wine, as stemless glasses are held by the bowl, thus warming the drink inside. As white wine is best served chilled, it is best to avoid holding the bowl of the glass, therefore, a stemmed glass is your best option.
The main determining factor in picking a wine glass for white wine is the age of the wine. Older white wines lose a little of the crispness they once had, and so a taller and straighter glass makes the smoothness of the sip more enjoyable. Drinking from a taller glass means that the wine will first hit the sides and back of the tongue, rather than the tip.
Younger wines, on the other hand, will have more acidic tones, so drinking it from a wider glass will allow the front of your tongue to experience any sweet and crisp notes first, before the more acidic flavours overwhelm.
Which glasses should you use for white wine?
There are only really two main types of wine glass for white wine; Chardonnay glasses and Riesling glasses.
Chardonnay, or Montrachet, glasses will often feature a larger bowl. These are perfect for serving oak-aged wines, such as its namesake, Chardonnay. The larger bowl of the glass allows for the wine to be aerated, boosting the complex collection of aromas present within. For this reason, older wines and fuller-bodied wines taste best served in this sort of glass, as the full release of aromas helps to balance out the flavours.
Glasses for Riesling usually have a smaller bowl and straighter sides, as this size helps to enhance the bouquet and floral tones of a glass of wine. Floral notes can be lost in a wider glass, where aromas are stronger, making this glass size best for lighter white wines, with more delicate flavourings. As well as Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc work excellently in such a glass, with their citrus and floral notes taking the forefront.
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