Every time you have a glass of wine, do you notice the different glasses which you are presented with? Some places serve wine in small glasses, large, short, tall, plastic in the most obscure locations. Wine has particular glasses for each grape varietal however, most restaurants do not provide the right style, which ultimately takes away from your wine experience and tasting. There are wine glasses for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon blanc etc. it is quite costly however, it is a great investment for those interested in truly living the wine experience and culture.
Despite there being a different glass for each wine you drink, you don’t necessarily need all the different glasses, but there are some glasses which I would personally say are a no no just in terms of style, taste and presentation. I often see them at events and restaurants of a certain calibre…its those short, small round bowled glasses which often get filled to the top when being served…I am sure you know what I mean. I personally find the glasses horrendous and it does nothing for wine. However, I am sure some wine critics would say its fundamentally the wine that matters as opposed to the glass that it is served in.
My personal advice would be to buy Spiegelau or Riedel stemmed wine glasses with a moderate size wine bowl which allows the wine to have enough space to be swirled and breath, plus is decent for the consumer to enjoy without the wine spilling out upon their first sip.
There are some trendy stemless wine glasses which are being sold in the market, which could work equally as well, but there is something about holding a glass of wine by the stem and striking a pose.
Home Experiment: Buy a bottle of wine, pour it in a water glass then in a wine glass, see if you have a different wine tasting experience or if they taste the same and are enjoyed the same, regardless of the glass.
Let me know how it goes!