wine education > Guide to Wine Glasses
The shape of your wine glass can enhance your wine experience.
Any good host will tell you that the secrets to entertaining well, comes down to the finer details. Selecting the right music to encourage conversation, planning a menu that intrigues the palate, and creating a centrepiece to strike conversation, all add up to a memorable occasion or event. And much like good food and wine pairing, choosing the right glassware for the wine you’re serving can also change the flavours your guests taste and enjoy.
Champagne, for instance, is almost always served in a flute to allow the bubbles to float up, producing a beautiful, sparkly effect. But try serving it in a coupé glass - its shallow, broader bowl will allow the bubbles to escape, leaving a denser, more aromatic flavour. Similarly, red wine is often poured into glasses with larger bowls to allow it to aerate and its complexities to come through.
Read on for our simple guide to wine and glass pairings to remember for your next lunch or dinner event.
Capture the nuances of red wine with a large-bowled wine glass. A fine full-bodied wine like cabernet sauvignon requires a wider bowl to fully appreciate intense flavours like cedar and dark berry, while cabernet shiraz is best in a glass with a wide bowl that narrows at the rim to enhance the plum notes and spicy tannins in the wine.
Wine and food pairing: Double Barrel Shiraz with Double cooked pork belly with Chinese master stock
The key to enjoying white wine is to keep it as cool as possible and allow its floral aromas to come through. A wine glass with a standard U shape and smaller bowl is perfect for a delicate wine like riesling, but chardonnay can be enjoyed in a wine glass with a wider bowl so you can really taste its creamy citrus flavour.
Choose an elegant flute or a crystal cut coupé to showcase the beauty of a sparkling wine. The flute’s narrow opening allows the bubbles to travel upwards, giving the wine an effervescent quality. Try serving it in a more open bowl like a coupé glass and notice a more flavourful and aromatic taste.
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