This is a handcrafted re-post from MYDOMAINE
If you’re serious about enjoying the nuances and subtleties of a particular wine variety, from rosé to Burgundy, investing in the proper glass pairing is a must. That’s why aficionados know their stemware, but it’s also a great excuse to spice up your entertaining spread. Not sure where to start? We’re breaking down the basics below: Consider this your starter kit to summer entertaining.
There are hundreds of distinctive shapes within the standard wineglass, each used to balance or highlight specific flavors or aromas. The rim of a well-cut glass should be thin and polished, enabling the wine to flow freely to the palate. Lead-free crystal wineglasses, in lieu of glass, are widely popular since the minerals allow the glass to be spun very thin in addition to refracting light. Crystal stemware is thus sparklier than glass, though glass is more affordable.
When it comes to use, typically red wines are served in a larger bowl glass and whites in a smaller bowl. As a rule, the fuller the body, the larger the bowl. Additionally, holding the glass by the stem ensures less heat is transferred to the wine as you imbibe, preserving the intended serve temperature.
The long and tapered flute glass is designed to enhance the bouquet of sparkling wines. The shape reduces the oxygen-to-wine ratio, accentuating both the aroma and the taste. The flute’s elongated shape and small surface area preserve bubbles as they rise to the top, focusing the aroma for the nose while simultaneously allowing for a dramatic visual effect.
Designed in England in 1663 especially for sparkling wine, the shallow, saucer-shaped coupe glass remains widely used for both champagne and cocktails such as daiquiris. Its broader surface area allows sparkling wine to lose its carbonation more quickly, allowing for a denser flavor to come through.