Wine Glass 101

glass guideWe believe that a good wine can be enjoyed in anything from old-fashioned Mason jars to traditional fine crystal. We also know that the proper style of stemware can really bring out the best in our favorite varietals. That’s because each specific glass shape is designed to enhance a wine’s flavor—and make sipping it as smooth as possible.

To maximize your enjoyment, we’ve identified which of our wines are meant for which glass shapes. Read on to raise your wine glass IQ.

 

red-wine-glass-lgnLarge Red Wine Glass
Looks like: A bowl-shaped goblet with a wide opening.
Great for: 2010 Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2009 Reserve Assemblage Red
Why: Because the “mouth” of the glass is so big, it gives the wine more exposure to air. This helps complex reds breathe—and their robust flavors develop in the glass.

 

 

10104_1Small Red Wine Glass
Looks like: A large glass with a tapered shape that resembles a tulip.
Great for: All of our Petite Sirahs, Merlots, and Cabernet Sauvignons
Why: The narrowed silhouette is ideal for swirling wine around to release all those great fruity aromas. The shape then draws the bouquet directly up into the nose.

 

 

 

1620499805507c285be90a1Large White Wine Glasses
Looks like: Smaller than a small red wine glass, but with a wide bowl.
Great for: 2010 Conservancy Chardonnay, 2010 Selected Vineyards Chardonnay
Why: This size keeps white chilled better than ones with greater volumes. It also delivers Chardonnays’ oak flavors smoothly.

 

 


glass-of-white-wineSmall White Wine Glasses

Looks like: A narrower but taller version of the large white wine glass.
Great for: Our Sauvignon Blancs
Why: These wines are very aromatic—and this sleek glass keeps the smells and flavors super concentrated.

 

 

 

Fun fact: Why are white wine glasses smaller than red wine glasses? Whites don’t need to aerate as much as red wines do, so the mouth of the glass doesn’t need to be as large.

Now let your knowledge flow!

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