Wine GlassesDoes the Shape of the Glass Really Matter?
Ever notice that there are LOTS and LOTS of different shaped wine glasses? That's because there are!
Usually, glasses for red wine are a little taller and have a bigger bowl (that's the round part that sits on top of the stem) than glasses for white wine. This is because red wines have a bolder and bigger taste, and they need a bigger glass for all those wonderful smells and aromas to combine and tempt our noses. We can also swirl red wine better in a glass with a bigger bowl. (not to mention, there's more to drink!)
White wine is more delicate, and doesn't need as as much room in a glass for the aromas to blend. The more U-shaped bowl of a white wine glass keeps the wine colder and allows the existing scent to reach the nose faster.
Then there is size. Some glasses can fit 15 oz of wine. That's more than half of a regular sized bottle of wine.
For a one stop glass, you can use what wine folks call a “universal” glass that should work well for most red and white wines. It's often called a Bordeaux-style or all-purpose glass, and is in-between the sizes used for red and white wines.
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