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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus

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This narrow glass was originally made for aromatic white wines, like sauvignon blanc.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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus

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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus


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.Michael Kraus


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