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Choosing the Perfect Glassware to Complement your Wine
The size and the shape of the wine glass effect not only its appearance but can emphasize the wine’s aroma, bouquet, tannins, taste and finish. It can also work to conserve the wines temperature and bubbles and amongst other benefits, it sends the wine to various parts of the tongue. The wine glass is generally composed of three parts: the bowl, the stem, and the foot. The size of the bowl determines how much liquid can be swirled and so the amount of air exposure. The shape of the rim directs the wine to specific parts of the tongue, and the size of its opening either concentrates or expands the rising of the wines aroma or bouquet.

Red Wine Glasses
Red wine glasses characteristically have larger, rounder, and wider bowls. This increases its air exposure, and so the rate of oxidation. As the wine is exposed to oxygen, the chemical interaction subtly alters the wine’s flavor and aroma or bouquet. Red wine tends to have more complex flavors, which are smoothed out as they are exposed to the air. Red wine glasses can be further distinguished by:

Bordeaux Glass
This tall and broad bowl is designed for full bodied red wines as it directs the wine to the back of the mouth. This shape allows swirling but its narrow opening concentrates the aroma or bouquet. The Bordeaux glass is ideally suited for full bodied red wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.

Burgundy Glass
The Burgundy glass is rounder than the Bordeaux glass. The bigger bowl of the glass provides maximum air exposure, allowing the accumulation of aromas of more delicate red wines such as Pinot Noir. The shape of the closed in rim directs the wine to the tip of the tongue.

White Wine Glasses
White wine glasses vary both in size and shape. Similarly to red wine glasses with large openings, full flavored white wines such as an oaked chardonnay benefit from rapid oxidation. With most white wines however, whose flavors are lighter and fresher, oxidation is less desired. A wine glass with a smaller mouth has a smaller surface area slowing down the rate of oxidation, thus preserving the flavor. The smaller bowl and long stem offers a more idealistic conservation of the temperature of the chilled wine. It does this for two reasons; firstly, the smaller surface area means that there is less air circulating in the glass and warming the wine. Secondly, the smaller bowl, and the longer stem means that there is less contact between the hand and the glass, thus preventing body heat from warming the wine.

Champagne Glasses
The narrow body and mouth of the champagne flute allows for the preservation of both the chilled temperature and the bubbles of the wine. Not to mention that it means it’s time for celebration!

In a few final notes on choosing the perfect wine glass, be aware that while tumblers (a wine glass made of just the bowl, without a stem or foot) are a funky choice, they negate all the benefits that stemware provide. Part of the experience of drinking wine comes with the appreciation of its color. In its ideal form, a wine glass would be made of crystal, but in the very least make sure its plain and clear. Lifestyle, aesthetics, and preference can bring your personality to your wine drinking experience. If you have a passion for wine, why not show it off in glassware that brings out its best qualities!

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