To better enjoy the different tastes and flavor of various wines, correct serving procedures must be observed by wine enthusiasts. One of these procedures is the use of certain types of glasses for special wines. You may be wondering, what makes them ideal for one kind of wine and less ideal for another? Keep reading to find out which wine glass you should use.


Red Wine


Red wines like Burgundy, Bordeaux, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, are best served in large wine glasses. The bowls would be rounder and fuller with a larger opening than other wine glasses. This allows your nose quickly detect the aroma of the wine. Red wines have robust flavors that go well with healthy and hearty meals such as pasta dishes, red meats, etc. It is best served at, or below room temperature.


White Wine


White wines such as Chardonnay, Muscadet, Pinot Gris, Riesling, White Bordeaux, etc., are made from Black or white grapes, which are fermented without the skin, unlike red wines. White wines are often combined with spicy and citrus flavors. The ideal glasses for white wines are more U-shaped and upright than those for red wines. This allows the aroma to be quickly released while maintaining its cool temperature. The glass for matured white wines would be straighter and taller, while younger wines should be served in glasses with a slightly larger opening. White wines usually taste better with lighter foods such as fish and poultry.


Champagnes or Sparkling Wines


Champagnes or sparkling wines exude a hint of luxury because of their fizzy or bubbly texture which is as a result of carbon dioxide gotten from the fermentation process. This bubbly texture gives the wine a look of sparkle where it derived its name. Examples of sparkling wines are Asti, Cava, Champagne, Prosecco, etc. The glass for a sparkling wine should be narrower and more upright than most wine glasses, so as to retain its flavors and carbonation.


Dessert Wines


Dessert wines are usually served with desserts. They are sweet and mostly contain alcohol. Fortified wines are wines blended with a type of liquor. This gives the wine a slightly higher alcohol content than traditional wine and also a distinct flavor. The glass for a dessert or fortified wine should be smaller. The smallness of the wine glasses is perfect because of the alcohol in dessert and fortified wines. They should be served in smaller quantities. Examples of dessert and fortified wines are, Madiera, Sherry, Marsala, port, raisin wines, vermouth, etc.


Excellent wine glasses are expensive and very fragile which increases chances of damage. If the circumstances will not allow you to get these different types of glasses for different wines, then an all-purpose wine glass is recommended. These glasses offer similar functions of proper wine glasses at a lower cost and same efficiency. The shape of the bowl is in between red and white wine glasses which makes it acceptable for serving both wines. 


By: August Dorfman