Although it may seem like a topic for specialists, in this article we will describe a series of suggestions when choosing the type of glass to taste red wine. It is not about discarding those that we currently have in our cupboard, simply optimizing the purchase of the following glasses.
One of the first details that we must take into account is that the glass must be made of transparent, smooth and colorless glass. These characteristics allow us to observe the wine directly and against the light we can see its thickness, color, impurities (if any) and the nuanced tears that it leaves on its surface when gently removing the content.
Of course, although they are fragile, we must opt for thin crystals, of approximately one millimeter. It is possible that we take some displeasure when it comes to washing them, that’s why we will have to take extreme care to preserve their integrity: wash them one by one, dry them conveniently with an absorbent cloth and hang them upside down.
As much as possible, let’s avoid glasses with reliefs, adorned with arabesques or metallic decorations, which look great, but do not help to enhance the flavors of the wine.
Another very important detail is the stem of the glass, which allows us to hold it between our fingers, removing any contact with the bowl, thus avoiding altering the temperature of the wine.
About the shape, we have the classic glass that has a slightly rhomboidal shape, expanding in the middle area to close slightly in the rim. The measure is contained, from a medium to small size.
The Burgundy glass is perhaps the most characteristic for its dimensions. It is a generous ball glass, oval in shape, an elongated stem and a wide bowl. This peculiarity makes the aromas expand and rise naturally towards the nose when we drink the wine. It is ideal for wines that are not young: reserve and grand reserve, for example.
One of the largest is the Bordeaux glass. Its oval but elongated bowl, proportional to its stem, gives it an important bearing in terms of height and volume, which are capable of containing the bouquet. Its long stem allows concentration of aromas and is a type of glass highly recommended for young and aged wines.
The Cabernet Sauvignon glass is slightly smaller than Bordeaux, which is ideal for young wines that need to maintain the ideal temperature for longer and do not heat up while waiting.
When drinking a good wine, the glass is important, but also the dosage, in other words, how much liquid we put. Our recommendation is to fill a third of a glass. This allows us to lighten the aromas by rotating it. Filling it to the middle of the glass is also a standardized measure, but we should not go beyond that line.