When it comes to red wine, it is foolish to neglect such a responsible procedure as choosing the proper wine glass. Its shape affects the balance, taste, bouquet and aftertaste of the drink. Try a wine of the same variety, such as Pinot Noir, but from different glasses, and you will notice that it differs in every way.
Today we are going to talk about what glasses we should drink red wine from and we will try to learn and understand the meaning and shape of these glasses.
This is for red and this is for white
First, it is worth understanding why wines need different glasses. This is directly related to the peculiarities of their taste. Red wines are richer, deeper and brighter, their taste is slightly sweeter, and contains shades of spices, fruits and berries of different intensity. Whites are lighter, more elegant, they have fresh notes, a slight sourness, the aroma is thin, delicate, and it is a little more difficult to enjoy it to the fullest.
The red wine glass architecture
The glass consists of a base, stem and bowl, which are in perfect harmony with each other. The size of a glass bowl of light and regular shape should be proportional to the width of the base and the height of the stem.
For white wine
White wine glasses are always smaller in volume, they have an elongated shape, a long stem and taper at the top. This is done for several reasons:
- small size allows to maintain the optimum temperature of the wine;
- a long stem does not allow the heat of the hand to warm the drink;
— the narrow upper part concentrates the delicate flavor and prevents the wine from being exposed to oxygen;
For red wine
The main difference is in the special shape of the wine glass: it is either a wide barrel-shaped model - “Bordeaux”, or a tall, unopened tulip - “Burgundy”. Their stems are slightly shorter, and a slight narrowing at the top perfectly demonstrates the strength of the aroma and its richness. Despite the large volume, the glass can only be filled by a third. All this is necessary to:
- increase the area of wine that will be in contact with oxygen - this will allow you to better and faster reveal all the shades of aroma;
- the tapering neck concentrates odors, collects them into a single bouquet and allows you to feel it as fully as possible;
- the stem is slightly lower, because the wine is not afraid of the warmth of human hands;
- with such a glass, a person does not need to tilt his head back, so the drink immediately falls on the tip of the tongue, and the receptors responsible for the perception of sweetness begin their work.
As you can see, the difference between glasses for white and red is quite significant and helps to get the most out of tasting.