If you’ve been in the market to buy new glassware recently, you’ve definitely encountered the overwhelming variety of styles and shapes from which to choose. There’s a wine glass for every style of wine you would ever want to drink–a glass specific to Bordeaux, one for Pinot Noir, another for Chardonnay and on and on.

History of Wine Glasses

Professor Claus J. Riedel was the first glass designer to recognize that the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines are affected by the shape of the glass from which they are drunk.He worked with experienced tasters to determine aspects such as:

  • Which sizes brings the appropriate intensity of aromas for different wines
  • Which shapes direct wines to specific parts of the tongue
  • Which shapes and sizes emphasize fruitiness
  • Which shapes and sizes emphasize tannin
  • Which shapes keep Champagne from going flat

The whole approach is not about correcting flaws in certain styles of wines, but of achieving balance in bringing out the distinct characteristics of each style of wine.

How to Choose the Best Wine Glassv


Select smaller wineglasses for white wine and larger glasses for red wine. Generally, more full-bodied wines work best in slightly larger glasses while lighter, fruitier wines can do well in smaller glasses. The reason that white wine glasses need to be smaller is that white wine should not warm up too much before it is consumed. As for the size of red wine glasses, the more generous, the better, to allow for a third fill and the rest of the glass permitting aeration.

Visually appealing glasses are not the best

What this means is that some of the most visually appealing wine glasses are also some of the worst wine glasses for wine tasting. Coloured wine glasses will completely alter the wine's colour. Etched glasses or glasses with any sort of pattern will interfere with your ability to get an accurate picture of what the wine looks like. Angles around the wine glass aren't quite as bad, but they should also be avoided for the same reasons.The best wine glasses for tasting wine are therefore completely clear, round glasses — wine glasses with no colouring, no designs, not angles, and no patterns. Plain, boring wine glasses are the best wine glasses

Will having the wrong glass impair the wines flavours?

While you can certainly get by with one set of glasses, if you expect to drink a number of different varietals you may find that the glassware is holding back your experience, particularly if you opt to drink Red wine out of a smaller White wine glass. Does that mean you won't enjoy your wine? Most definitely not. While the various shapes and sizes can be overwhelming, a proper varietal-glass pairing can make a tremendous difference. Having the right glass for the right wine is a matter of personal choice. It may add to the splendour of an occasion and feel right. When entertaining for example your guests may expect red wine glasses for red wine and specific white wine or sparkling wine glasses. More advice can be found at TheWineDoctor