Irrespective of the type of wine, be it sweet or dry, white or red, robust or light, all wines demand a very specific serving technique. Aside from serving each type of wine in the appropriate wine glasses, all wines also come with their serving temperature, which must be adhered to for the best taste and flavour. To get the best taste out of your wine, you should make use of the appropriate type of wine glass.
What is a wine glass?
A wine glass is simply a type of glass that is used to taste and drink wine. A huge percentage of wine glasses are stemware, i.e., they have three parts, namely: the stem, the bowl, and the foot.
Parts of a white wine glass
A white wine glass is composed of just three parts, the bowl, the foot, and the stem. Below is some information regarding the various parts of a white wine glass.
- The base: The base of a white wine glass is that round part that supports the wine glass.
- The stem: The stem is that part of a white wine glass that you grip whenever you want to take a sip of your wine. The stem connects the base and the bowl of the glass.
- The bowl: This is the essential part of a wine glass. The bowl is that part that holds the wine. To maximize the wine’s contact with air, ensure that you fill the glass around one third, or to a region where the bowl is at its widest. Bowls are designed in such a way they tend to divert the aroma of the wine to your nose. This makes it possible for you to whirl the wine around in the glass without smearing your shirt with its content.
Characteristics of White Wine Glasses
Below are some features of white wine glasses:
• It is up-right and has a U-shaped bowl
• It comes with a bowl that is a little smaller compared to the red wine glass
• The shape of the wine glass improves and preserves aroma while ensuring that it has a cool temperature.
White wine glasses are stemware, just like most wine glasses. All white wine glasses feature a U-shape bowl and always have an upright design. White wine glasses are equipped with a sleek, U-shaped bowl because white wines do not require aeration as much as red wines. With the sleeker feature, white wine glasses should be large enough so that when you put wine in it, it doesn’t cover more than 2/3 of the glass. This way, the aroma of the wine can be let off, and a cooler temperature can also be maintained.
White wine glasses are known to come with long stems which makes it less difficult for you to grasp its stem, rather than the bowl. By gripping the stem of this wine glass, you tend to reduce the amount of heat transferred from your hand to the wine while sipping it; thus ensuring that the wine remains cool for a long period. Just like the red wine glasses, you have two sub-categories to consider though they have little disparities.
Younger white wines are normally crisper, which makes a wine glass with a slenderly larger opening the best option. This helps channel the wine to the end and sides of your tongue, thus making it much easier to differentiate the sweetness and the crispness. Mature white wines come with stronger flavours and a smooth texture. The perfect glass for mature white wines is straighter and longer so it can spread the wine to the rear and sides of the tongue.
Benefits of using white wine glasses
White wines are normally served in smaller bowled glasses. White wine glasses:
• Helps maintain floral aroma
• Provides more aroma (even at cooler temperatures) because of its closeness to the nose.
• Express more acidity in wine
• Maintains cooler temperature
• Easy to grasp without spilling its contents
on your body
• Has a smaller mouth which keeps its contents sparkling
Different types of white wine glasses
White wine glasses are quite small in height, and they also come in a small bowl size. The small size of this wine glass allows the wine to make contact with your nose because the aromas are faint. White wine glasses come in diverse sizes and shapes, from the precisely tapered Champagne flute to the broad and shallow glasses utilized in drinking Chardonnay. Below are diverse types of white wine glasses.
Sauvignon Blanc / Riesling White Wine Glasses
Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines can be served in similar style and shape glasses. The stem and slim bowl which is of mid-length will taper in slenderly; the bowl is normally slimmer and with little capacity, unlike the red wine glasses. The smaller bowl makes it quite easy to get the perfect aroma of the wine while reducing the concentration of oxygen present in the glass.
Chardonnay White Wine Glasses
Glasses made for Chardonnay are normally the complete opposite of the Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling. Chardonnay glasses are equipped with a broad bowl, just like that of the Burgundy/pinot Noir, but a little smaller and comes with a smaller stem as well. The larger bowl allows a larger surface area to be created which is perfect for full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay.
All-around/ Universal Wine Glasses
These types of glasses are ideal for anyone who wishes to save some space in their kitchen cupboards; it is also the best pick for individuals who don’t need all the diverse shapes. A person who cherishes a tipple of both red and white, and diverse shapes and designs of both varieties, would certainly love a universal all-around wine glass.