Of course, the ideal wine glass is a glass filled with one of the special, unique wines from MundoVini's exclusive wine shop. But if the wine doesn't quite live up to your expectations, don't immediately blame the wine. Try drinking it from a different glass first. The wine glass you have chosen plays an important role. To bring out the distinctive aromas of each wine, you need to choose a wine glass with the right shape, thickness, curve and stem.
The smallest, subtle differences in the design of a wine glass can affect how you experience the wine. Therefore, for foodies with a great love for wine, it is advisable to purchase specific glasses for specific wines. After all, the shape and style of a wine glass affect the final taste. They determine how much air comes into contact with the wine, how much aroma is released and reaches your nose, and where the wine first hits your tongue.
The shape of the chalice
The width of a wine glass affects how much wine is exposed to air and how much aroma is experienced by your nose. With wide bowls, much of the wine is exposed to air and a lot of aroma reaches your nose. With narrower bowls, less wine is exposed to air and less surface area is present to deliver aroma to your nose.
Red wines typically need a large wide bowl to best bring out their big and powerful aromas and flavors. They allow more aromas to rise to your nose and help aerate the wine as you drink, releasing more flavor.
Most white wines generally have more subtle flavors and aromas. With a narrower glass, these aromas are better directed to your nose. Narrower glasses also help the white wine keep its cool longer.
Sparkling wine loses its carbonation as soon as it is exposed to oxygen. In order to keep the effervescence as long as possible, a high and narrow chalice is most suitable.
Drinking from a glass without a stem can affect the temperature of the wine. After all, your hand will be in direct contact with the chalice (and therefore the wine) because that is where you are holding the glass. The temperature of the wine will rise, which will change the taste. So, especially for white wines, a glass without a stem is not recommended.
The thickness of the rim of a wine glass affects how the wine enters your mouth and flows over your tongue. A wine glass with a thin rim, without a lip, allows the wine to flow unhindered and smoothly over the tongue. Wine glasses with a thicker, more coiled rim, on the other hand, impede a smooth flow over the tongue. This accentuates the acidity and harshness of the wine.
Glass or crystal
Although lead used to be used to make crystal, many lead-free crystal glasses are available for sale today. So there is no difference in tasting wine in glass or crystal. The only difference between glass and crystal is the price.
How ever long the search for your ideal wine glass and whatever glass you choose, above all: remember to enjoy the wine!