Which wine glass for which wine?
The wine glass is an everyday object that has many different shapes and uses. Especially with a print, it helps enhance your brand identity and thus distinguish your establishment. But then, how do you choose the right wine glass for each type of wine? We’d like to share with you the secrets of each glass for an optimal tasting experience.
Choosing a wine glass adapted to your needs
A good wine tasting always starts with the right choice of glass. Indeed, the choice of glass enhances the pleasure of tasting and seeing the wine. The development of the aromas of a wine served in a crystal glass will, for instance, be more intense and fragrant. The shape and size of the glass as well determine the evolution and reaction of the wine during tasting.
There are many studies showing that the shape of a table glass plays a major role. A Japanese study from February 2015 developed a special camera to photograph ethanol vapours as soon as they escape from the bowl of the glass. Alcohol vapours are important, because they are the first aromas of wine that we smell during a wine tasting. The study shows that the shape of the glass plays a role in the diffusion of aromas.
Glass with a stem
The stem of the wine glass makes it easier to hold the glass and rotate the wine. Moreover, it avoids heating the wine and any fingerprints on the bowl. The goblet, nevertheless, remains very practical for events.
Glass with a tulip shape
The tulip shape of the wine glass allows the concentration of aromas. The glass should be wide at the bottom of the bowl and narrow at the top.
Glass with slightly narrowed rims
The volatile aromas of the wine, released on contact with oxygen, rise up the wall of the glass and are “trapped” by the narrowed edges. Thus, the wine’s aromas are concentrated towards the nose.
The white colour of the glass makes it easier to visibly appreciate the colour of the wine. Crystal glasses are generally market-positioned as premium because they offer brilliance, finesse and purity with optimal clarity.
The white wine glass: neither too large nor too small
Glasses for serving white wine should be neither too large nor too small and have a slightly curved bowl. This makes it possible:
- to preserve the fruity aromas
- to maintain the freshness of the wine
- for the aromas of the wine to diffuse perfectly as we bring the glass towards the nose.
White wine in a small glass will not particularly express its aromas but will maintain a lively taste on the palate, whereas in a large glass, its aromas will be immediately more singing and evocative but may fall off after a few minutes of tasting. Most important is the slightly conical shoulder of the glass which provides the space to turn the wine in the glass, releasing and intensifying the aromas.
The rosé wine glass: thin and medium size
Rosé wines are very in right now and best tasted in a higher, thinner wine glass because, dominated by top notes, they do not need to be too oxygenated. The reduced opening allows the light floral and fruity aromas to unfold directly in the mouth.
The red wine glass: round and voluminous
Red wine needs to oxygenate in a wine glass with enough space to release its complex bouquet. This one is especially voluminous, with a curved bowl and a wide opening. This enables:
- better transmission of the aroma mixture when the glass is away from the nose.
- a larger surface area for better evaporation of alcohol vapours
- a softer tasting of the wine, because the top of the glass is wider
In this way, the wine will be in contact with a sufficient quantity of oxygen, which will allow its woody and spicy base notes to develop.
The Champagne flute: elegant and fine
The classic champagne flute is a tall, slender glass with a thin stem. The reduced diameter of the glass limits the loss of bubbles from champagne or sparkling wine such as Prosecco. The slightly domed shape also allows the bubbles to reflect back and the aromas to unfold to perfection.
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Celebrate the excellent quality of your work with a personalised wine glass
The exclusivity of each wine glass adds to the unique character of each wine. So a glass with the personalised logo of your cellar or company highlights the unique taste of your vintage. In addition, a personalised glass allows you to stand out from your competitors and build customer loyalty. Your wine is unique, so drink it in a unique glass!
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The wine glass: trendy for beer and whisky tasting
Many other drinks can be enjoyed in wine glasses. It is no longer only Belgian brewers who prefer these glasses, but also Swiss brewers. Whisky and brandy lovers use glasses that have a shape similar to a wine glass. The multifunctional glass par excellence is the 37 cl or 55 cl Robusto glass, which is ideal as a wine glass, beer glass or cocktail glass.
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