The importance of a proper wine glass

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Madeline Puckett of Winefolly sheds some light on how a proper wine glass controls the tasting experience and ultimately makes any wine taste better.

Selecting the best wine glass for the job

You can drink wine out of a coffee mug or mason jar or red sippy cup or even straight from the bottle, it doesn’t really matter, that is, if you’re in it to get tipsy. However, if you’re in it for the best tasting experience certain glass shapes work better for certain wines. Watch this video (that was streamed live) to find out why and how to select the ideal wine glass for your personal drinking preferences.

There is finally a piece of research out there that has shown us that glass shape matters. A study came out in February of 2015 by a Japanese medical group who developed a special camera that photographs ethanol vapors as they leave the opening of a glass. The reason why ethanol vapors are a useful thing to photograph is because this is how the wine aromas (aroma compounds) enter your nose.

The information isn’t really about social-cultural etiquette as much as it’s about how a wine glass controls the tasting experience and ultimate makes any wine taste better. And, if having the right glass is an important aspect of drinking better wine, then it’s well worth knowing!

“A wine glass controls the tasting experience”

The best thing that you can do to make wine taste better is to select a glass that highlights your favourite style of wine. Below, you’ll see a summary of several glass shapes and wines that tend to perform very well in these shapes.

Other drinks that are served in the wine glass shape:

  • Top-rated Belgium ale companies developed custom wineglass-shaped glasses for their best beers.
  • Whisky snifters and brandy snifters for spirits have a very similar bowl shape.
  • Many high end coffee shops often serve coffee out of pre-heated wine glasses.

In this video, Madeline shares her experience of drinking the same wine in two different glasses. Why not experiment yourself? Take your favourite rosé and choose five or six different vessels. What differences do you experience?

[Source: Winefolly: the importance of a proper wine glass]

 

Madeline Puckette
The author: Madeline Puckette

Hi, I’m Madeline Puckette, a musician and graphic designer gone wine geek. Before I started Wine Folly I was an electronica producer and graphic designer in Los Angeles. During my years as a musician, I released some amazing house and electronica tracks, you can find out about my music career on soundcloud. During my days at art school, I took a liking to wine. I spent my days studying music programming and nights were reserved for enjoying a bottle of Côtes du Rhône.

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