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

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

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Chardonnay

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. Michael Kraus

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Bordeaux

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

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Sauvignon Blanc

This narrow glass was originally made for aromatic white wines, like sauvignon blanc.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

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Brandy

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. Michael Kraus

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Burgundy

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

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Stemless White Wine

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

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Rose

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. Michael Kraus

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Syrah

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. Michael Kraus

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Chablis

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. Michael Kraus

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Champagne

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

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Port

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

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