Ask Sid: Choosing the correct wine glass?

June 26th, 2019
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what wine glass should I use?

Question: I have some difficulty choosing the correct wine glass for my wine. Your thoughts?

Answer: Nice dilemma to have – you must have a good  wine glass collection. Yes too many shapes and sizes out there. Credit to Riedel and the other glass manufacturers for all these fun choices. I prefer high quality thinner rim glass to enhance the appreciation of the wine being served. Bigger size is often better though those Sommelier Burgundy Grand Cru at 37 ounces are almost too large, thin & fragile. Very old wines can actually be served to their disadvantage in a very large format wine glass. Generally don’t like narrow flutes for sparkling (though show the bubbles best) or too small a glass normally used for fortified wines like Madeira & Port. Always like to choose those wider bowl glasses for both pinot noir & nebbiolo grape variety wines. A smaller glass for whites than reds is not always required. Otherwise my thoughts are that generally any glass including even a tumbler could work. Actually IMHO there is some benefit to using the same all-purpose glass you like and are familiar with so you concentrate all your attention only on the contents rather than the glass itself. Experiment. Don’t follow any strict rules. Be flexible. Discover what glass you prefer using for the wine you are serving!

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June 26th, 2019

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