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Wine Glass Guide
Choosing a wine glass may be more complicated than knowing which fork to use at a fancy dinner, but it’s worth considering because the right choice will add greatly to your appreciation of the wine. Consult this guide next time you set the table.
Large Red Wine Glass
Large Red Wine

The bowl shape offers a wider mouth and more exposure to the air.

Allows the wine to breathe.

Best for red wines with complex aromas, like aged Burgundy and Pinot Noir, red Bordeaux, and Barolo.

Small Red Wine Glass
Small Red Wine

Narrower red wine glasses direct the bouquet to the nose.

Use these for fruity red wines like a young Beaujolais or a less-complex Shiraz.

Large White Wine Glass
Large White Wine

A little smaller than a small red wine glass, but with a wide bowl.

Great for aromatic or oak-aged white wine, like Chardonnay or a serious Bordeaux Blanc.

Small White Wine Glass
Small White Wine

A little taller and narrower than a large white wine glass, its shape concentrates the aromas of the wine.

A good choice for aromatic white wines like Riesling and Gewürztraminer.

Flute Glass

A tall, narrow glass that enhances the longevity of the bubbles in your sparkling wine.

Use with any sparkling wine, from Champagne to Asti or Prosecco.

Dessert Wine Glass
Dessert Wine

Smaller than other wine glasses, but with a more rounded bowl.

Best for sweet, unfortified wines like Muscat or Icewine.

Port Glass

Small Port glasses display the color of the wine and direct the bouquet to the nose.

You can use these for any fortified dessert wine.

Sherry Glass

Tinier than a Port glass, the sherry glass, or copita, features a tulip shape.

This tapered tulip captures sherry’s solera-aged aromas.

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