How to Choose the Right Wine Glass Guide

When it comes to sipping wine, it's important to choose the right wine glass to elevate your experience and impact the way the wine is presented and tastes. Use our helpful guide to choose the right wine glass for your bottle.

When it comes to sipping wine, it’s important to choose the right wine glass to elevate your experience and impact the way the wine is presented and tastes. By thoughtfully selecting the right wine glass, your drinking experience will become much more enjoyable.

Choosing the Size and Shape of Your Wine Glass

Wine glasses are composed of four parts: the rim, the bowl, the steam, and the foot or base. When choosing a glass, you’ll want the glass to be big enough to collect aromas in order to experience the wine in full.

White wine glasses typically range from 13–20 oz., while red wine glasses can range anywhere from 17–30 oz. in capacity. The wider the bowl of the glass, the more surface area is exposed. Wider bowls allow more oxygen to reach the wine, increasing evaporation and aromas, while narrower bowls are useful for wines with higher alcohol content per volume. Smaller bowls make it harder for aromas to escape, causing more to travel toward your nose to intensify your experience.

The rim of your glass affects two key components of your drinking experience. The intensity of the aromas, and whether or not you can clean the glass easily by hand. The decision of the opening is up to you, however, we will mention that larger openings tend to express more floral aromas, while smaller openings emit fruity and spicy aromas.

 

Crystal Glass

Crystal glasses can be misleading since they don’t actually have a crystalline structure. Compared to standard glass, crystal has increased durability, meaning wine glasses can be designed to be thinner and more elegant. Crystal wine glasses also tend to sparkle more in light due to the minerals that make them up.

Lead-based crystal is a popular option for wine aficionados who want to elevate their drinking experience, but there are some things to keep in mind. These glasses tend to be porous and should be hand-washed. You also shouldn’t store liquids in them overnight to prevent lead poisoning. If this might be a concern for you, plenty of lead-free crystal glass options are available on the market.

Stem vs Stemless

You may be curious as to whether choosing a stem or stemless glass affects the taste of your wine at all, and the answer is, no. Something to keep in mind though is that because stemless glasses require you to hold the glass in your hand closer to the wine itself, your wine may become warmer more quickly – which may affect your experience of its aromas and acidity.

For red wine, drinking your wine as the temperature changes could be an interesting experiment to try. Notice if you prefer your wine slightly chilled, or after it’s warmed up a bit. The decision to choose the right wine glass is ultimately up to you after all.

Looking for Some Inspiration?

Here are some of our favorite wine glasses from retailers you know and love.

Schott Zwiesel Pure Cabernet Glasses

These Cabernet glasses from Williams-Sonoma are available as single glasses or as a set of six. These angular-designed glasses are sparkly and dishwasher safe, making them perfect for any Cabernet or other full-bodied wines.

Horizon Lead-Free Crystal Glassware Sets

These glasses from West Elm are perfect for your favorite white wine. Not only are they resistant to breakage, chipping, and scratching, but they’re made with lead-free crystal glass making them easy to clean in any dishwasher.

Entertaining Essentials Champagne Flutes – Set of 12

choose the right wine glass – champagne flutes

These champagne glasses are the perfect option to serve bubbly drinks at festive get-togethers. Sold as a set of 12, these glasses are BPA-free, lead-free, and dishwasher-safe, making them an excellent choice.

Still Not Sure?

Many wine aficionados agree that the glass you choose can either make or break a wine. Some say that you can find a set of one-glass-fits-all glasses, while others recommend investing in separate glasses for each wine variety. Selecting a wine glass is a personal choice and should reflect the experience you want while sipping and serving your wine and cleaning the glasses.

Thinner and taller glasses are perfect for sparkling wines due to the thin shape working to preserve the bubbles. Tulip-shaped glasses are typically the better choice for fruitier sparkling wines, while flutes are great for leaner wines. White wines and rosés should be served in glasses with smaller bowls to preserve the aromas. If you’re a fan of red wines, opt for glasses with rounded, larger bowls instead.

The decision to invest in multiple types of glasses based on wine variety should ultimately be up to you and your lifestyle preferences. For those of you who are leaning toward investing in one nice set, it’s recommended to choose a round wine glass whose shape will suit a variety of wines.

When choosing the set to invest in, you’ll also want to consider the ease of cleanability when choosing your glasses. The smaller the rim, the more difficult it will be to clean your glass, so choose wisely.

choose the right wine glass guide
A quick guide to choosing the right wine glass

If you have children or have other concerns about your wine glasses breaking, we recommend investing in a set of stemless glasses. This will help avoid the potential toppling and spillage of your favorite wine. You should also consider the cost of losing a glass to breakage. Glasses come in all different price points, so if you’re concerned about breakability, consider something on the lower price end.

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