When confronted with so many shapes, sizes and varieties, navigating your way through the process of finding the wine glass most suited to your needs can be daunting. Do you drink Red or White wine or both? What variety? Do you choose form over function? Where do you start? Well, we’re here to help.
First things first, in the world of wine glasses weight does not equal quality. In fact the opposite is true. The thicker rimmed heavier glass is less desirable among wine experts for the simple reason that it is more noticeable on the palette. A premium wine glass should not only look beautiful – it should also not interfere with the taste. It achieves this by being ultra lightweight – to the point that the best of the best wine glasses are barely noticeable. One of the highest performing glasses available on Winelover.ie is the Gabriel-Glas Gold Edition. This stunning 24cm tall multi-purpose wine glass weighs in at an incredible 93g!
Wine Glasses are designed to enhance the drinking experience of the particular variety of wine they are used for. Understanding the differences in glass shape is equally as important as understanding the differences in wine types. Below is a rough guide.
Red Wine Glass
- Large glass with a full, round bowl and large opening
- Large opening enables you to dip your nose inside to detect the aroma
- Full bowl provides air contact for the complex aromas and flavors and increases the oxidation rate, which smooths out the complex flavors
White Wine Glasses
- Bowl is more u-shaped and upright than a red wine glass
- Slightly smaller bowl than red wine glass
- The shape enhances and preserves aromas while also maintaining the wine’s cool temperature
- Types of wine: full-bodied, heavier red wines with high tannins, like Bordeaux blends.
- Tall red wine glass with a broad bowl, but not as broad as other red wine glasses
- Height of the glass creates distance between wine and mouth, which enables ethanol to dissipate on the nose, allowing more oxygen to soften tannins (tannins contribute to wine’s bitterness)
- Directs wine to the back of the mouth, minimizing bitterness and maximizing the flavor spectrum.
- Types of wine: lighter, more delicate red wines, like Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, red Burgundy, and Dolcetto
- Large bowl (broader than Bordeaux glass) with narrower top directs wine to the tip of the tongue, allowing the drinker to detect flavor nuances
- Broad bowl allows aromas of delicate wines to accumulate
- Thin rim makes it easy to drink from
Multi-Purpose – The Universal Glass
Finding a multi-purpose wine glass that performs equally well with all wine types is a conundrum that the Gabriel-Glas range solves with aplomb. Not only do they look amazing, they are designed to perform equally well with Red and White Wines and all their varieties. And we can confirm that they do. Here at Winelover.ie they are our go-to glass. They are designed by renowned Swiss wine critic René Gabriel
Available in two models that are identical in shape, the Gold range are hand blown weighing 93g while the StandArt range are machine made and weigh 143g. Both look great and perform excellently.
We hope this rough guide has been a help to you! Whatever your wine glass preference, Winelover.ie has a solution for you.