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How To Choose The Best Wine Glasses For You

Certain wine glasses perform better than others (there’s actually some science to back this up). That being said, what are the best wine glasses for you?

You can drink wine from whatever vessel you want, be it a wine glass, coffee cup, mason jar, or egg cup. Really, you do not have to use a glass at all, just drink straight from the bottle if that is what you prefer.

Now there is a piece of scientific evidence that supports the importance of glass shape.

In 2015, a Japanese medical group used a special camera to record images of ethanol vapours in different glasses. In their study, the research group showed how different glass shapes affected the density and position of vapours at the openings of different glasses.

Why do vapours matter? Well, they carry aromatic compounds into your nose. Aromatic compounds are responsible for producing the vast majority of flavours in wine.

One type of white wine glass is better at maintaining a cool temperature. The other is better at collecting aromas.

White Wine Glasses

White wines are typically served in smaller bowled glasses. Smaller glasses:

  • Preserve floral aromas
  • Maintain cooler temperature
  • Express more acidity in wine
  • Delivers more aromas (even at cooler temperatures) due to proximity to nose

You’ll notice that full-bodied white wines like oak-aged ChardonnayViognierWhite Rioja, and orange wines are better with a larger bowl.

The larger bowl, originally introduced by Riedel as a “Montrachet” glass , better emphasizes a creamy texture because of the wider mouth.


The 3 primary red wine glass shapes help moderate high tannin wines, deliver more aromas, or make spicy-tasting wines more rounded.

Red Wine Glasses

The choice of a red wine glass has a lot to do with mitigating the bitterness of tannin or spicy flavours to deliver a smoother tasting wine.

After a few years of tasting wines from different glasses, we’ve noticed that red wines tend to taste smoother from a glass with a wide opening. Of course, the distance to the actual fluid affects what you smell.

Take a look at the wonderful selection of wines in our shop.

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