Red, Red Wine…but in which, which glass?
Now that you’ve learned the basic parts of a wine glass, how do you choose the glass that will enhance the wine of your choice? That depends on whether you choose white, red, dry, or sweet. Factors like the width of the bowl’s mouth or the shape of the bowl will change how you taste the wine. In order to reach its full tasting potential, red wine should be served in a large glass, allowing you to dip your nose into the glass. Don’t dip your nose into the wine, though!
Glasses described as Bordeaux and Burgundy are ideal for red wine due to the size and shape of the bowl.
The size of the bowl allows the drink to breath, bringing out more flavors. Pairing wine with the correct glass can prolong tastes left in the mouth, too. The Bordeaux and Burgundy glass each suit a particular wine.
Pour heavier wines such as Cabernet and Merlot into the taller Bordeaux glass. The wide bowl directs the wine to the back of the mouth. The bowl of a Burgundy glass is larger than the Bordeaux although it is not as tall. Lighter, full-bodied wines should be tasted from this glass. Sip a Pinot Noir from the Burgundy and the taste will be directed to the tip of the tongue, detecting the more delicate flavors.
You could commit these notes to memory to impress your friends. Not sure you can keep it all straight? Feel free to ask our wine expert at Laurita for a refresher anytime you’re at the winery! Bottoms up!
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