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Do You Know Your Wine Glasses?

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Wine glasses are as important as the content of the wine bottle itself. Why? Because using the right wine glass brings out the full aromas and flavours of the wine.

While many of us enjoy drinking wine, we miss out on the perfect experience because of the kind of glasses we pour our wine into.

The basic wine glasses are the red wine and white wine glass. However, there are different glasses for different wine styles – red, white, rose.

We bring you the different types of wine glasses you should know and use.


  • It is usually taller than the traditional red wine glass
  • It has a large bowl that allows both fresh and more matured wines to breathe.
  • Brings out the depth of aromas for from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines.


  • It has a large bowl and slightly tapered rim
  • It is the perfect glass for full-bodied wines as it blends acidity with moderate sweet tannins.


  • This is the standard red wine glass
  • It is tall with a full-size bowl to aerate the wine
  • It has a tapered rim that directs the wine to the centre of the palate.

Pinot Noir

  • It is tall with a narrower rim that directs the wine to the tip of the tongue
  • It is designed specifically for lighter full-bodied wines
  • It suppresses the alcohol and enhances the blend of sweetness and high acidity


  • It has large bowl on a short stem
  • The tapered rim directs the wine to the mid-section of the palate
  • It enhances the spicy and fruity finish of the wines


  • Just like the Cabernet is to red wines, the Chardonnay is the traditional white wine glass
  • It has a large bowl to aerate fresh wines
  • It enhances the spicy and nutty flavours of more matured wines

Champagne/Sparkling Wine Flutes

  • It is stylishly slim and tall to make the bubbles stay longer
  • The slim nature creates aesthetics of the bubbles floating upwards
  • It enhances the richness and complexity of champagnes and sparkling wines

Sweet Wines

  • Elegant in shape with a narrowed rim
  • It has a smaller bowl for more concentrated flavours
  • It sets off the acidity and sweetness of dessert wines


  • It is designed for light and crisp white wines
  • The bowl aids the acidity of wines
  • It is perfect for all types of white wines


  • It has a short bowl with a tapered rim and flared lip
  • It minimizes the bite and enhances the sweetness of crisp rose wines
  • The flared lip directs the wine to the tip of the tongue where the sweet taste buds are strongest.
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A Brief History of Wine Glassware

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Wines look beautiful in bottles displayed in malls and liquor stores, but they are even more beautiful when poured into a glass. From the aromas that hit the nose to the amazing flavours that crown the palate, drinking wine is an experience that most wine lovers savour in its entirety.

Storing wine in bottles has helped it to age better since the Romans invented glass, but what has defined the wine experience even more is the invention of wine glasses. It is an established fact that various types of glasses enhance the flavours of the beverages poured into it.

Anthony Shishler, MD Mason Fahrenhait, in a recent interview with Spirit magazine,

“The ball on the red wine is larger because the wine needs more air to bring out the flavours. The white wine glass on the other hand has a smaller ball, which keeps the air concentrated above the wine, so when you drink a white wine, you get fruitier, condensed, saturated flavours.”

More than just giving you pleasure from the size and shape of the different wine glasses, knowing the rich history of how wine glasses came to be brings a whole new level to the wine drinking experience.

History of Wine Glasses

The history of wine glasses is almost as old as the history of wines itself. After all, there would have been no distilling of wine if man did not find a way to consume them.

However, the earliest type of wine glasses recorded in history are said to be baked clay goblets. The baked clay goblets were first used by  the Iberians and later by the Britons during the Pleistene age. With the rise of the Bronze age, timber and bronze tankards came into existence and became the main tool for the consumption of wine.

In the early days of the Roman Empire, the Roman emperors and senators were known to have drank wine using silver and pottery goblets characterised by ornate scroll work of pairs of leaves with buds. The Romans also used lead goblets at the time to drink their wines.

Between 500 – 600 AD, a shallow cup with a thin stem was introduced and mainly used by the upper class. sturdy pottery goblets were used by the lower class in Europe. When the Saxons invaded England in the 5th Century AD, they brought with them gold goblets covered in jewels. Alongside these, were horns that when used had to be taken as one drink because they had no stems or legs and had to be laid down.

By the next century, silver was used to produce the horns and goblets for drinking wine. However, the horn cups were not allowed for use in the Church for communion.

Wine drinking soon progressed to the use of wooden tankards by the late 900 AD, and by late 1000’s, clear glass cups were used for the first time to consume wine.

The mid 1300’s experienced the use of the ‘Black Jack’, which was a leather vessel, sewn all round with the join forming a handle with a separate leather base sewn in and lined with pitch to make it watertight. The black jack was in use up till the 1800’s were it is still mentioned in history.

From the 1600’s, there were no shortage of various drinking vessels. Some of the most relevant names of drinking vessels recorded in history include:


A leather cup from the Middle Ages.


A pewter vessel used in Churches for communion.

Whistle Cup

From the Middle ages, whoever could drink the most for the longest got to blow the whistle as the ‘last man standing’ to order more drink

Wine tasters

A little silver flat bowl with two handles on each side  or just one handle, flat with the top rim. From the Medieval days to taste the contents of bowls to convince guests that nothing was poisoned.

The wine glasses as we know today were first made in the 17th century to the late 18th century. The most popular was a simple goblet with a glass stem.

Other popular wine glasses from that period are:

Jacobite glass

A Freemason glassware that had different designs according to each lodge.

Dice glass

A glass with two dice sealed into the base, used in old taverns to settle who pays for the purchases.

Last drop glass

A glass which featured an engraved man hanging from the yardarm that is not visible till the last drop is drunk.

Today we have various typed of wine glasses, each specifically shaped to cater for each type of wine. This is done to help the wine go to the right area of the tongue, bringing about a unique experience. The most popular wine glasses are made by Reidel company.

For wine tastings, wine glasses called the ISO wine tasting glasses are used. ISO stands for International Standards Organization. Each glass is made to a specification to suit each wine. They are made from clear crystal and have a tapered bowl that help circulate the wine and funnel the vapours to get an accurate ‘nose’. It’s the workhorse wine glass for all reputable wine shows.

Read Anthony Shisler’s interview on Spirit Magazine for more on wine glass types and glassware etiquette.

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How To Choose The Perfect Wine Glass

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How To Choose The Perfect Wine Glass

There are various wine glasses for different type of wines, and picking from so many glass options can be very overwhelming. for most wine drinking and wine tasting a few key characteristics can make your choice of wine glasses easy. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose.

1. Choose two different sizes of wine glasses.

Smaller wine glasses are more suited to white wines while the larger glasses are typically recommended for red wine. Generally, full bodied wines work better in larger glasses while lighter wines do best in small glasses. The reason small glasses are used for white wine is to ensure that the wine does not get too warm before consumption. Red wines are great in large glasses because they get more air. Choose a balloon shaped wine glass to allow develop its full bouquet. Wine needs room to breathe and a tapered shape is the best for releasing the aroma.

2. Choose fluted or tulip-shaped (champagne) glasses for sparkling wines and champagne.

Wine glasses shaped like flutes are best for champagne and sparkling wines because they help to keep the bubbles intact for longer and ensure the best flavour and aroma while drinking the sparkling wine or champagne. You should avoid using the Champagne saucer or coupe for champagne; it causes both bubbles and bouquet to disappear instantly.

3. Look for glasses with cut over rolled edges.

This is more finished looks are best as they let you enjoy the wine and feel pleasant to the mouth touch.

4. Purchase the best wine glasses that you can afford.

A great glass enhances your experience and helps you enjoy the wine more. There are great wine glasses on the internet, but we recommend getting a physical feel of wine glasses before purchasing them.


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