Many people have asked me about the right glass for the right wine. At first glance it seems not too important at all, as there appear to be so many of them. I am sure you have enjoyed drinking wine from a great variety of glasses or even paper/plastic cups at mass gatherings! However, the right glass does matter and if you take a moment, I will explain below what wine glasses to use.
What you should use
It is really very simple; for everyday consumption you use one type of glass and you leave the beautiful crystal glasses for special occasions only. So what wine glasses to use for what wines? Believe it or not, but three factors play a great role: the clarity of the glass, its stem and its shape.It is tulip shaped, colourless so that you can optimally see the colour of the wine and the stem should be long enough so that you can roll the wine in the glass without touching it with you warm hand. At its top side it is a little squinted to keep the bouquet as much as possible inside the glass. The thinner the glass, the better the wine can present itself.The picture perfectly illustrates what I am trying to get across.
Things not to use
In earlier days people sometimes used coloured glasses, so as not being able to see the turbidity that used to be present in especially white wine. Nowadays there are people who deprive themselves of the view of the beautiful colour of the wine by using wrought glasses. A triangle shaped glass also will not help very much in capturing the bouquet of the wine. It would then pass your nose and end up in your ears! Then there are people who use very thick glasses. All these tassels are a hindrance only, when you would like to enjoy the wine to its fullest. I am now showing you some examples of glasses that look beautiful but nevertheless are not functional, exactly for the reasons given above.
It is certainly not necessary to use a special glass for every type of wine, however, if you would like to compare several types of wine, in order to avoid confusion, you should mark the glass. Some people are of the opinion that certain wines only excel in a certain glass. This does not imply whatsoever that you should use smaller glasses for white wine and larger glasses for red wine, as claimed more often than not.
Some vineyards use their own specific glass, but this usually serves more as promoting the sale of this wine than with assessing it.
Dimensions of wine glasses
Too big a glass or too small a glass and it can give a distorted picture of the flavour. Any kind of wine can be served in a glass with a content of between 140 and 340 cc. For your daily use a glass of 280 cc is a very good measure. But you do not need to fill it completely!
Maintaining of wine glasses
The best thing to do is not to use soap or detergents. However, if you really need to make use of this, then please use a lot of water to clean the glass out, as detergents could adversely affect he colour of the wine and moreover could give a bad smell to the wine. They should be dried with clean cloth, which may not smell of detergents and can only be used for drying the glasses. After drying the glasses, do not put them upside down,as there might be a chance that that they will adopt the smell of the material they are put on. The glass can be dried the easiest, when it is still warm and just out of the water.
In order to have all the advantages during drinking wine, ensure you drink it from a tulip shaped glass, which is completely clear and clean, not smelling like anything else, certainly not detergents, not too small and not too big. Once you have ensured that you have bought the right glasses for the occasion, you will want to put them into good use! So ……… especially for you the Chardonnayfan:
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