Types of Wine Glasses | SAVEUR

What's in a Glass: What Glasses to Use with Each Wine

These unique wine glasses are designed to enhance the flavors and aromas for different types of wine.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir wine glass

Designed for fruit-forward, new-world pinot noirs, this glass's wide bowl allows for ample aeration, while extreme contours concentrate the bouquet.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay wine glass

Big chardonnays with good acidity, like Pouilly-Fuisse, thrive in oversize bowls, which allow plenty of air into the glass to coax out its nuanced flavors.

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux wine glass

Concentrated red wines do well in a glass with a tall, generous bowl -- the girth encourages oxidation; the elongated shape limits alcohol fumes.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc wine glass

This narrow glass was originally made for aromatic white wines, like sauvignon blanc. The pretty, tapered top concentrates aromas.

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Brandy

Brandy wine glass

The bulbous globe and short stem of the snifter encourage drinkers to warm the glass with their hands, which releases the wine-based spirit's aromas.

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Burgundy

Burgundy wine glass

Fruity pinot noirs from Burgundy are best served in tapered glasses that swell in the middle, allowing the bouquet to develop fully.

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Stemless White Wine

Stemless White Wine glass

Stemless glassware has a casual appeal, and while heat from the drinker's hands warms the wine, it also helps to unleash its flavors.

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Rose

Rose wine glass

The flared rim directs wine to the top of the tongue, to temper acidity, while the moderate width was designed to emphasize the fruity aspects of rose.

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Syrah

Syrah wine glass

This glass was designed for rich new-world reds by the glassware company Reidel. The wide shape tames intensity and the narrow rim focuses the fruit.

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Chablis

Chablis wine glass

Crisp, acidic chardonnays like those from this region do well in narrow glasses with less exposure to air; the smaller size also helps keep the wine cool.

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Champagne

Champagne glass

The tall shape of this classic, elegant glass keeps bubbles from dissipating, while the tapered rim focuses the drink's bouquet to the nose.

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Port

Port wine glass

Fortified, high-alcohol wines do better in a small glass, which concentrates fruit but keeps alcohol vapors at bay.

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