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Hannah Perry
 
December 2, 2020 | Wine Geek Wednesday | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday

 

How The Shape of the Glass Influences the Taste of Wine

 

It is True. The Taste of Wine Can Change in Different Glasses.

 

According to Riedel Crystal, the 260-year-old Austrian fine glassware company, a glass should be a "wine tool" designed to unlock a wine's full flavour potential, not just something to pour the wine into.

 

The Science Behind This Phenomenon 

 

The architecture of a wine glass consists of three components: The bowl. the stem and the base, all of which work together to deliver the "message" of your wine. The bowl of the glass is the key element that influences the flavor of your wine. Bowls of wine glasses can have different shapes, sizes and rim diameters; this is what can change the tasting elements of the wine, and this is how:

 

  • The diameter of the rim determines how much air can reach your wine, and how effectively your wine can "breathe."
  • Different sizes of glasses determines how much available space there is for your face to fit into when you tilt the glass to drink the wine. Your nose, in particular, is very important in the involvement of activating our senses.
  • The shape and size of the glass influences the direction that the wine hits your tongue and mouth, and which taste buds the wine hits first. Different tastebuds on your tongue taste different things!
 

A WINE GLASS GUIDE JUST FOR YOU

 

RED WINE

Drinking red wine from a glass with a medium sized bowl is best, because this allows the wine to breathe as the exposure to oxygen allows bolder notes to come through. The wide rim also allows your nose to fit inside the glass, which is ideal for maximum immersion of the wine!

 
Bottle of

2019 Reserve Pinot Noir

  $35.00
 

OAKED WHITES

White wines, particularly Oaked Chardonnay, is best served in a glass with a large bowl and wide rim. The size of the large bowl allows the wine to develop and avoid becoming too concentrated. The wide mouth also steers the wine to the edges of the tongue, where sour and bitter notes are tasted. This helps the toasty aroma and acidity of the wine be well balanced!

 

2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay

  $27.00
 

BUBBLY/ SPARKLING

Contrary to popular belief, bubbly, sparkling wine and Champaign are best served in a glass with a medium to small bowl and rim and not in a flute! The diameter of this glass allows the aroma to be released, as the narrow body of a flute doesn't allow this to happen as effectively.

 

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