I attended a BBQ party with some friends over the weekend. The host was Mike – a good friend of mine. It was planned to be a pretty nice event. We had we going to have a nice chat and some delicious beef stakes. I have to tell you – Mike is really famous with the amazing BBQ he makes! We had brought a few bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon as well…
There was one issue though – Mike had some PLASTIC CUPS …
“What on earth have you been thinking? Don’t you have some decent wine glasses in this house?” Was exactly what I told him and Mike goes “You know I don’t like to do dishes”. So in result the wine had flat taste, no discernible bouquet, and was a bit vinegary.
I got to tell you, using the right wine glasses would make a world of difference for you! Each wine requires its specific style of glass so you can fully enjoy it.
Few people know that holding the glass by the bowl ends up in quickly warming up the wine and likely – spoiling its taste. You should always grab and hold that wineglass by its stem. Let me give you some tips how and why to choose a perfect wine glass for your wine:
- red wine glasses are generally larger compare to all the rest. They usually have a fuller bowl with a larger opening. Red wines require a bigger glass with larger capacity to swirl it. This would allow all the delightful aromas to fill the glass so you can easily sense them and enjoy them.
Original photo by: Andreas Levers, on Flickr
- for white wines – make sure you use a U-shaped glass. Such a glass usually has a much higher stem to hold it. Holding the wineglass by the stem will maintain the wine temperature longer. A decent white wine is best served in a glass with a larger opening. This way the wine will be directed to the tip and sides of your tongue so you would taste the wine sweetness.
Original photo by: collectmoments, on Flickr
- sparkling wine glasses are upright and narrower than all other wine glasses. They capture the aromas of the wine best. The classic shape of a champagne glass enhances the bubbles. Bubbles will burst right at the tip of your lips rather than in the glass. The higher stem helps preserve a cool drinking temperature.
I hope this has been helpful! If you visit a friend like Mike, who does not like to do dishes, you know what wine glasses to bring over.
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