I remember the first time I sat down for a well-organized plated dinner. To my left, I had three forks and to my right was a couple of knives and a spoon. Right above my plate was an array of glasses. I asked, “Why so many? I’m only having one glass.”
You could not imagine how eager my much more refined friend was to tell me about each glass and specifically which wine was going to go in each glass. Since that day I wondered, does it really matter?
I’ve had a glass of Pinot-Grigio in a big tall glass meant for a Cabernet and it tasted fine. Was that because I was being stubborn to be right? Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post cleared things up for me.
He exclaims that even the most knowledgeable of wine aficionados, “Can get by with a modest collection of stemware.” McIntyre is quick to point out that that two types of glasses are more than enough. With one being used for still wines, and another one for sparkling wines.
He does point out one non-negotiable: Your glasses should be clear, and without engravings, so guests can assess the color & clarity of the wine you are presenting.
Shapes of glasses
While most of your glasses should have some kind of a ‘tulip’ shape – with a broad base and narrower towards the rim there are some variations. The wider wine glasses that resemble balloon shapes should be used for your bold reds – and even some of your more aromatic whites. The wider glass directs the wine to the middle of your palate, “In hopes of balancing the wine and showing it at its best,” explains McIntyre. If you are drinking more of an acidic wine – such as Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc – you should have a smaller more narrow bowl as this will direct the wine to the tip of your tongue.
McIntyre suggests the same for sparkling wines – “If you’re enjoying champagne or other sparklers with a meal, consider investing in sparkling wine glasses shaped more like a tulip than a flute. These will allow the wine to express its flavors.”
If you have the funds – your stemware should correlate pricewise to the wine you are buying. If you are drinking expensive, lavish wine regularly then a few sets of stemware should ensure that you can taste all the little notes of flavor that come with these bottles. If you’re an occasional drinker – one all-purpose set will do the job just fine. Just make sure you have enough for all your guests! Nothing worse than having mismatched glasses at the dinner table.
No matter what you drink your wine out of – make sure to take StiQit with you.
No matter what you drink your wine out of – the sulfites been linked to upset stomachs, facial redness, and headaches. Some people even go through life thinking they are allergic to wine. One stir of the StiQit will remove these pesky sulfites from wine!
Source: Washington Post