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Drinking wine is a pleasure for all the senses, including sound. Thanks to the custom of clinking glasses, hearing gets in on the experience. A British book on manners, Debrett’s A-Z Modern Manners, suggests that glasses should merely be raised and that clinking is improper.…
Wine drinking has many fascinating aspects and one is that different types of stemware are recommended for different wines. In addition, decanters are recommended for use when drinking certain varieties of wine. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we appreciate the beauty of crystal and believe that all wine glasses should be made with flawless crystal. The shape of the glass can make wine taste better. For instance, the distance of the nose from the beverage determines which aromas you smell. Of course, aroma is a large part of the experience of wine drinking.
Components in wine are: water, ethyl alcohol, glycerine, pectins, acids, polyphenols, and traces of flavor elements.
The following gives you a few basic insights on which stemware shapes to drink with which wine variety.
Glasses for Red Wine
Tannins are present in red wine, and choosing the glass has much to do with mitigating the accompanying bitterness.
The bowl of the glass should be larger when enjoying red wine. This way, more elements of aroma are delivered to the nose and the burn of ethanol is further from the nose. The ethanol alcohol is able to evaporate better because of the larger surface area. The wine has a smoother taste when there is a wider opening.
High tannin red wine with high acidity is best in a glass with more length coupled with a wide bowl. Low tannin red wine with low alcohol content and more delicate aromas – such as Gamay, Schiava, and Pinot Noir – are best enjoyed in a glass with a large bowl and less height.
Glasses for White Wines
For white wine, glasses with smaller bowls are usually preferred. A smaller bowl accomplishes the following:
- Preserves floral aromas,
- Maintains a cooler temperature, and
- Due to proximity to the nose, more aromas are delivered.
Some full-bodied white wines are often desired in stemware with larger bowls, such as orange wines, aged white wines, and oak-aged Chardonnay.
A Little About Decanting
Before pouring wine into the perfect glass, is it necessary to first decant it? Decanting wine involves pouring it from one vessel into another. Not all wines need to be decanted further than simply pouring it from the wine bottle into the glass. When wine is poured from a bottle into a decanter, it is usually then poured into glasses from the decanter. Restaurants often pour wine into a decanter and then back into the original vessel for service. Decanting involves allowing the wine to mix with oxygen, which affects flavor. Decanting needs to be done especially slowly and carefully with older wine, in order to separate the wine from the sediment. If the sediment is left to mix with the wine, it imparts an unpleasant astringent flavor that is very noticeable.
Be sure to check our selection of crystal stemware and decanters at Rosehill Wine Cellars. It is generally recommended to keep a set of six red wine glasses and six white wine glasses, at minimum, to serve wine with meals at home.
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It’s the season for parties and festivities! Help make your holiday party perfect with these great party items from Rosehill Wine Cellars. Here at Rosehill Wine Cellars we have everything you need to entertain your guests and make your party a great success!
A Large Beverage Tub
Everyone needs a large beverage tub for entertaining. There’s nothing worse than serving warm wine at a party! Make sure your wine is chilled perfectly at your next shindig by checking out the many great beverage and wine buckets we have!
Serving a fabulously aged red wine at your holiday party is indeed the dream, but you’ll definitely need a great decanter to make sure that your wine is served properly! Therefore, you can’t throw a great party without also having the perfect wine decanter. Riedel Wine Decanters are destined to make your next party an amazing success. Designed in a variety of shapes, these beautiful decanters will impress your guests, as well as make sure you serve the perfect glass of wine.
The Right Wine Glasses
Having the right wine glasses is also important. And if your party is going to get a little wild make sure to check out our selection of shatterproof wine glasses! Shatterproof wine glasses are the perfect way to have a good time and make sure no one smashes your glasses during the fun.
We also have everything you need to make sure that the clean up after the party is as great as the party was! Take a look at our selection of wine glass and decanter cleaning utensils.
Make sure to check out Rosehill Wine Cellars for all of your wine storage and wine drinking needs!