Guy Downes
January 31, 2011 | Wine | Guy Downes

Glassware and Wine Serving Tips

Many people find it hard to believe but even a basic wine will taste different depending on the glass it’s served in. Some glasses mute the flavor, some emphasize nuanced scents and some will suppress taste and smell. If you’re lucky you’ll be drinking from a glass that presents the wine perfectly, showcasing all its characteristics.

So how frustrating it can be when a great wine is poured into an ordinary glass, an occurrence that is all too common at some restaurants, tastings and dinner parties. I think we have all had that unfortunate experience when we arrive at someone’s house looking forward to tasting some good wine only to be presented with blue or green stemware!

Being someone that’s concerned about good glassware doesn’t mean you are a wine snob; it’s simple common sense. Whether you’ve paid $10 or $100 for a bottle of wine you want to make sure you enjoy all its flavors and scents. Investing in good quality stemware will ensure you get the very best out of each bottle you pour and it doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune.

If you have shopped in any of the better kitchen supply stores or wine boutiques you will likely know that today you can buy specific glasses made for every major varietal. While these are great the more casual wine enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that you will do just fine with just a few well-chosen glasses that match your wine buying, drinking and entertaining habits.

So when thinking about what glassware you’ll buy consider the quality of wine you’re likely to enjoy on a regular basis as well as the kind of entertaining you like to do. For a picnic where you might be pouring simple wines from current vintages a couple dozen clear glass tumblers might suffice. For better quality wines served at a dinner party or more formal gathering you will want a selection of stemware that lets each guest taste from a flute shaped glass for sparkling wines and champagne, a tapered, ten to twelve ounce glass for white wines and a larger rounder glass for red wines.

Try to avoid colored glass (even if it’s just the stem) as you don’t want anything to interfere with a good look at the color of the wine. If you use a dishwasher, run the glasses through hot water only avoiding the use of detergent. Throw away those small, thick lipped glasses with the rolled rims; use tumblers instead. Oh and remember, size matters! Your glass should be large enough to hold three or four ounces of wine without being more than one third full. This will allow enough airspace to properly show off the wine’s aroma.

So next on your list of good habits when serving wines is temperature. When white and red wines are too cold they will lose all aromas and a good deal of their flavor. Conversely if a wine is served too warm crispness disappears and the alcohol content will appear over-intensified. Of course you will have chilled your desert wines and sparklers but even with these wines if you chill them too much they will lose their valuable characteristics.

Over the course of a dinner party or wine tasting your wines will naturally warm up so starting them out on the cool side is a good idea. Dry white wines, rosés or very light reds can start out at around forty-five degrees. For your big red wines, about 58 to 60 degrees is the best temperature to start from. Sparkling wines and sweet dessert wines can be chilled in the fridge for an hour or more before being served.

When possible try to plan ahead, allowing sufficient time for your wine to arrive at its proper temperature gradually. If you don’t already have one, a wine cooler or fridge with variable temperature controls will serve you well. You and your guests will then enjoy wines showing their best aromas and flavors allowing you to celebrate life in the best way possible! 

(Source: Wine Enthusiast)


The Sediment Blog's Gravatar
The Sediment Blog
@ Feb 2, 2011 at 8:57 AM
And eschew the wretched little Paris goblet, that hideous little tennis ball of a glass condemned by George Reidel himself as “the enemy of wine”. A glass too thick and too small to enhance the flavour, too shallow and open to enhance the bouquet, and too mimsy to suggest generosity.

We've written several times on our blog about Riedel vs Duralex and other stemware conflicts...

Guy's Gravatar
@ Feb 7, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Thanks for your comment ...'tennis ball of a glass' - loved that!

Trophy's Gravatar
@ Feb 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM
As a newcomer to the art of proper glassware, you can focus on one main tip when it comes to choosing a red wine glass since there are many varieties.'s Gravatar
@ Feb 28, 2013 at 3:13 AM
Lower the temperature if the temperature is higher than you prefer. Close the door and wait for a few hours for the temperature to catch up. If the problem persists or if the running light or defrost light is blinking, contact the manufacturer or an electrician. At this point, your wine cooler is busted and there is nothing you can do without expert help. Thanks.'s Gravatar
@ Mar 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Write a mission statement, which is essentially telling your story in less than 30-seconds. According to, the mission statement is essential to defining your business on the most basic level. Check out the mission statements of other companies to learn more about they should entail. Thanks.

saffron pure extract's Gravatar
saffron pure extract
@ May 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Dog lovers are becoming more and more aware of the inferior quality of commercially prepared dog foods. The clear solution is to make your own healthy dog food. Not only does this recipe contain no worthless fillers or potentially dangerous artificial sweeteners, it's cheap and easy to prepare. The added bonus is that it yields 20 to 25 cups of hard and healthy dog food, which is also much better for your best friend's teeth than soft foods. Thanks.

whatsapp extractor's Gravatar
whatsapp extractor
@ Jul 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM
The information you shared through your post is functional. I admire your work. Wish you all the luck for all your blogging efforts.

job resumes's Gravatar
job resumes
@ Aug 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Outstanding blog post, I have marked your site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future

nursing personal statement's Gravatar
nursing personal statement
@ Sep 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM
Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to _return the favor_.I'm attempting to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

Greg's Gravatar
@ Sep 16, 2013 at 4:00 AM
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? professional editing

personal statement scholarships's Gravatar
personal statement scholarships
@ Sep 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Thanks for sharing this. We’re always looking for great resources to share and this post is definitely worth sharing !

behance smallville jacket's Gravatar
behance smallville jacket
@ Oct 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Oh thanks for making your blog short and interesting, I am not much of a reader myself but I really enjoyed it.

Custom Logo Design's Gravatar
Custom Logo Design
@ Oct 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM
Wine is too much bad for health I would not allow my child to have it.

write my essay for me's Gravatar
write my essay for me
@ Oct 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM
This is a wonderful article, Given so much info in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more ... good

Dallas Breast Implants's Gravatar
Dallas Breast Implants
@ Nov 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Vintage wines are generally bottled in a single batch so that each bottle will have a similar taste. Climate's impact on the character of a wine can be significant enough to cause different vintages from the same vineyard to vary dramatically in flavor and quality. Thanks a lot.

Koiel's Gravatar
@ Feb 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM
Your blog article is very intersting and fanstic,at the same time the blog theme is unique and perfect, great job.

Maydi's Gravatar
@ Mar 17, 2014 at 1:02 AM
Today, the castle is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations.  Painstakingly restored over the past 150 years, the castle is both a museum and a barracks.

Sbobet's Gravatar
@ Mar 23, 2014 at 8:33 PM
Hello, i am glad to read the whole content of this blog and am very excited and happy to say that the webmaster has done a very good job here to put all the information content and information at one place.

Agen Bola's Gravatar
Agen Bola
@ Mar 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM
Its a great pleasure reading your post.Its full of information I am looking for and I love to post a comment that "The content of your post is awesome" Great work

Taruhan Bola Online's Gravatar
Taruhan Bola Online
@ Mar 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM
You should comment on the competition comparison of the blog. You can highlight it's mind boggling. Your blog exploration/tour will broaden your conversions.

forskolin's Gravatar
@ May 11, 2014 at 12:48 AM
My partner and i read many times your site, i love this information since this content is far too great and intensely useful, maintain a lot more articles like this. Great, by now i added that, i want a lot more completely new stuff out of your blog.

capstone research paper's Gravatar
capstone research paper
@ May 14, 2014 at 1:59 AM
It is plain normal feeling. You deprivation to appoint ineluctable you relish many its perfumes moreover spoors. Investing in decorous worth stemware pleasure assure you obtain the mere top absent of every vessel you emit moreover it doesn’t experience to expense you a negligible windfall.

kinkin's Gravatar
@ Sep 24, 2014 at 7:46 AM
Yamaha R15 dan Yamaha R25 Motor Sport Racing dan Kencang

Camry Mobil Hybrid Terbaik Indonesia ASUS ZenFone Smartphone Android Terbaik Agen Texas Poker dan Domino Online Indonesia Terpercaya RUMTAR88.COM AGEN BOLA SBOBET IBCBET CASINO 338A TANGKAS TOGEL ONLINE INDONESIA TERPERCAYA Agen Texas Poker Dan Domino Online Indonesia Terpercaya Agen Bola SBOBET IBCBET Casino 338A Tangkas Togel Online Indonesia Terpercaya

DAUNPKR.COM AGEN POKER DOMINO ONLINE INDONESIA TERBAIK TERBESAR DAN TERPERCAYA Agen Texas Poker Dan Domino Online Indonesia Terpercaya Agen Texas Poker Dan Domino Online Indonesia Terpercaya Agen Texas Poker Domino Online Indonesia Terpercaya

Betklik99 Agen Bola Terpercaya Piala Dunia 2014

Belajar Poker's Gravatar
Belajar Poker
@ Oct 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM
TIPS menang poker online?? cek disini :

Blender Reviews's Gravatar
Blender Reviews
@ Oct 28, 2014 at 3:55 AM
Very good post! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our website. Keep up the good writing.

garden birds's Gravatar
garden birds
@ Oct 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM
great issues altogether, you simply gained a logo new reader. What may you recommend in regards to your publish that you made a few days ago?

Any sure?

matah's Gravatar
@ Nov 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM
bagi anda yang ingin mengetahui apa saja kelebihan android kitkat dapat membaca pada ulasan Apa Saja Kelebihan Android KitKat 4.4? yang berisi info kelebihan dari OS android Kitkat. jika anda ingin menghilangkan komedo, anda dapat mengunjungi Kunjungi website atau dapat langsung mengunjungi situs kami di Cara Menghilangakan Komedo Secara Alami, Cepat dan Mudah dimana terdapat banyak sekali cara menghilangkan komedo. mesin absensi fingerplus dapat anda lihat pada penawaran kami di hargamesinterbaruku atau dapat membaca langsung di situs kami Daftar Harga Mesin Absensi Fingerplus Terbaru 2014 yang mana berisi info lengkap daftar harga mesin absensi. mencari ide peluang bisnis 2015 dapat anda baca pada penawaran kami di klik disini atau dapat membaca secera detail pada Ide Peluang Bisnis 2015 Yang Mudah dan Menjanjikan yang mana berisi banyak sekali info ide peluang bisnis 2015.

matah's Gravatar
@ Nov 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM
saat ini informasi mengenai smartphone dapat anda temukan dengan mudah dengan cara atau anda dapat untuk mengetahui informasi mendetail dari sebuah smartphone. membeli sebuah smartphone harus memastikan terlebih dahulu spesifikasi ponsel tersebut yakni dengan cara dan juga untuk informasi lebih banyak dapat yang berisi banyak sekali spesifikasi ponsel terbaru. saat ini harga sebuah smartphone terus berubah-ubah, dari pada bingung anda dapat untuk mengetahui harga smartphone terbaru, atau anda dapat untuk mengetahui harga ponsel terbaru saat ini. sebagai seorang yang kritis dalam memilih smartphone, anda dapat untuk mengetahui informasi ponsel tahun ini, atau anda juga dapat membaca untuk mengetahui informasi ponsel secara lengkap. mengetahui spesifikasi ponsel dapat anda lakukan dengan cara atau juga dapat membaca pada ulasan kami di yang membahas informasi smartphone terkini. kesehatan merupakan hal yang penting, maka dari itu anda harus banyak-membaca referensi kesehatan seperti yang ada pada berikut ini, atau anda juga dapat membacanya secara lengkap di untuk mengetahui lebih dalam tentang informasi kesehatan. selain ramuan alami yang menyehatkan, anda juga di tuntut untuk yang juga dapat anda baca di agar kesehatan anda terus terjaga. referensi hidup sehat dapat anda temukan lebih banyak pada atau anda juga dapat membacanya dengan cara untuk mendapatkan informasi kesehatan. mencari artikel kesehatan saat ini dapat anda temukan langsung dengan cara atau anda dapat yang mana berisi ulasan kesehatan terlengkap. informasi kesehatan merupakan hal yang wajib anda cari yakni dengan cara atau anda dapat langsung membaca edisi kesehatan terlengkap dengan cara sehingga anda menemukan info kesehatan terkini.

sdf's Gravatar
@ Nov 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Add A Blog Comment
E-Mail me when someone comments on this post

Leave this field blank:

Cart 0 items: $0.00


Qty Item Description Price Total
  SubTotal $0.00

View Cart

Your Account  |  Login
Winery Ecommerce by Vin65