WINE DRINKING ETIQUETTES – THE GLASS
Drinking wine can be an elegant and liberating experience at any given time. Therefore, even the glass for serving the wine is to be selected meticulously as each glass is designed the way it is because it is considered to be the fittest wine glass for enjoying that variety of wine.
The glass used either enhances the wine taking experience or simply ruins it. Science has also backed up the same idea purporting that the various glass shapes profoundly affect the positioned density of vapors at different wine glasses. There are several types of wine glasses that serve a specific purpose based on the particular wine.
RED WINE GLASSES: Red wine glasses are a bit taller and have a larger bowl that allows the aroma of wine to stay longer, as the drink is meant to be sipped slowly. Red wines work with oxygen, so when they are greater exposed, it will enhance the smell, taste, and color of these wines. The wider bowl allows the wine’s aroma to spread in the air and mouth while drinking.
WHITE WINE GLASSES: White wine glasses are crafted with a narrow bowl and brim. Whites don’t need to be exposed as they do not react with air. They are usually shorter with a small mouth and less surface area with a purpose that the wine does not oxidize quickly. The structure helps to retain the flavor.
FLUTE GLASS: They also belong to the wine glass family and are the narrowest of all with least surface area and are used to serve sparkling wine and champagne.
SNIFTER GLASS: The fancy looking cocktail glass has a short stem and mouth, and large bowl. The structure helps you get the strong smell of the drink and allows the cocktail to be swirled easily.
SHOT GLASS: Made of thick glass with a heavy base, they on an average hold 1.5 ounces of liquor that is served neat.
BEER MUG: They have a handle which allows to hold the beer without warming it. Available in different sizes, these mugs can hold around 8 to 15 ounces of beer.
MARTINI GLASS: Used to serve martini, they have an iconic v-shape and are little larger in size as compared to other cocktail glasses.
MARGARITA GLASS: These double-bowl shaped glasses are used for serving frozen cocktails. The lower bowl is used for solid ingredients while the upper half is used to liqueurs.
HURRICANE GLASS: They are also called as lamp-shaped glass. If you look at the shape they are more like traditional lanterns. They are primarily used for serving Hurricane cocktail only.
COUPE GLASS: Traditionally designed to serve champagne, they are broad on top with a shallow bowl atop a stem.
CORDIAL GLASS: With small stem and bowl, they are used to serve after-dinner liqueurs.
HIGHBALL GLASS: They are used to serve tall cocktails that require a high ratio of base and mixer along with ice cubes. Structure-wise, they are wider all through.
LOWBALL GLASS: These are basically short glasses with a solid bottom that makes muddling ingredients easy. These are used for serving neat drinks.
To ensure you are getting a beneficial experience choosing the right wine glass and holding it properly are both important parts. We will be discussing the right way of holding the wine glass in our next article so keep reading…