If you have some background information, selecting wine glasses, which are sometimes referred to as stemware, is simple. It is possible for the size, shape, and color of a wine glass to have a significant impact on how you experience the wine that is contained inside the glass.
Wine is appealing to the senses not only because to its flavor and aroma, but also due to its appearance. As selecting wine glasses, elements to take into consideration include the way light interacts with the wine, the “legs” that form on the inside of the glass when you swirl the wine, and the way smells are retained inside the glass and given to your nose while you are drinking.
Wine glasses with wider and deeper bowls have historically been used for the bigger, bolder red wines, while wine glasses with narrower bowls have been used to emphasize the more delicate fragrance of lighter, fruitier white wines.
Champagne is traditionally enjoyed out of a tall, narrow flute. Height contributes to an increase in the visual delight of the beads (or bubbles). The shorter form of the Champagne glass, which was originally quite popular, does not show off the bead to its full potential nor does it concentrate the scents.
If your budget or storage space just allows you to have one size of wine glass, go for a design that has a capacity of eight ounces so that it may serve several purposes. For complete enjoyment of the tasting experience, Riedel Crystal stemware is difficult to beat, both in terms of cost and size considerations. Over twenty distinct wine glasses have been developed by Riedel, each of which is intended to bring out the full potential of a certain kind of wine.
Do not let the variety of stemware options to make you feel overwhelmed… Keep in mind that it is preferable to consume wine from a paper cup rather than not consume wine at all.
And as a last piece of advice, while pouring wine into a glass, fill it no more than one third to one half of the way up at most. Make sure there is enough space for you to smell the aroma, assess, and appreciate the color of the wine.