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You’ve heard somewhere or read somewhere that wine must be served in the
best crystal to get its full advantage, well not necessarily but
there are a few basic principles to remember when choosing
glasses that will help you get the best from your favorite
It is true however that the appearance, smell and even the taste can be
enhanced by using the proper glasses. The oldest surviving wine
glass with a stem and foot are 15th century enameled goblets
that holds more than four ounces of liquid. Towards the end of
the 16th century in Germany, wine glasses are sophistically
engraved as decoration . Meanwhile The earliest surviving
English wine glasses that were produced near the end of the 16th
century were made by Verzelini, there were diamond-engraved.
Around the 1740s plain straight stems and air twist stems gained
popularity . France introduced fine crystal glasses towards the
end of the 18th century.
Wine glasses during the 19th century were often produced in sets of a dozen
each, each set for port and sherry, burgundy and claret,
champagne glasses and liqueur glasses. In the 1950s, Riedel
Crystal and other manufacturers have refined the design of wine
glasses with unique size and shape for almost every wine
When choosing glasses, always remember to first choose a plain glass to set
off your best wines, stay away from colored or even those that
have tinted stems or bases. The effect of light on the wine,
specifically the “legs” and “tears’ on the inner wall when you
swirl the wine and the way aromas are captured within the wine
glass and finally presented to your nose while drinking are one
of the most important things to consider when choosing wine
glasses. Glasses with a wide bowl that tapers toward the mouth
will allow the aroma of the wine to be released generously. This
is because the deeper bowls allow more room for swirling and the
narrow opening channels the aroma to your nostrils efficiently.
A big flared opening will disperse the aroma rather quicker.
Red wines are traditionally served in bigger glasses than white wine, this
is because red wines needs more space to breathe and develop,
remember, a wine glass can never be too big. Sparkling wines
should be served in think glasses with straight side or flutes
so that the fizz is preserved.
Realizing the plight of budget restricted consumers, the California Wine
Institute has developed an all-purpose wine glass. It is five
and one half inches tall with a one and three quarter inch stem.
Its clear, tulip-shaped bowl holds a capacity of up to eight
Setting of wine glasses at a dinner party should also be taken into
consideration when serving different types of wine throughout
each course. The glasses should be arranged in the order they
are to be used and right to left. Typically wine is poured from
the right, while food is served from the left. You might want to
begin with tall stemmed glass for whites followed by a large
wine goblet for reds and ending with short smaller glass for
port or sherry. Finally remember that you need to leave room to
capture the aroma as it rises from the swirled wine and allowing
room for it to be tilted to evaluate the color of the wine,
therefore it’s best to fill the wine glass at one third to one
half full at the most.
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