The Right Wine Glass
The perfect bottle of wine will taste even better if its contents are served in the right wine glass. As provisioners of fine wines and spirits, we at No. 12 know that only too well.
However, it is understandable that, especially on a yacht, you may not always have the full complement of wine glasses available to you. But there are alternatives (and close seconds) that will still help to highlight each wine’s key flavours.
For that reason, we’ve put together some information about how to choose the right wine glass every time.
How Glasses Work
Aside from their obvious role in helping you to drink your wine, glasses also have other jobs to do.
· They help to release the aroma of the wine. In a wine glass, the aromas are released as the alcohol volatilises from the surface of the time. This means that the larger the glass and the larger the surface area, then the more the aroma can optimise. This is why ‘swirling’ also helps to release the aroma – as it increases the surface area concerned.
· The space between where the liquid sits on the glass and the top of the glass is known as the aroma collector. White wines typically need a smaller aroma collector as it is more important to keep their temperature down than to release their aroma, while reds needs larger bowls to release as much of their aroma as possible.
· Finally, the glass thickness can also be considered. As a general rule, the thinner the glass is, then the better the glass is.
Choosing the Right Glass
Every type of wine actually has a wine glass associated with it, helping to make the most of each one:
· The Cabernet wine glass moderates acidity by directing the wine to the centre of the tongue
· The Burgundy wine glass enhances the acidity and intensity of full-bodied wines
· The Bordeaux wine glass lets younger wines breathe, while the thin rim lets wine flow onto the tongue smoothly
· The Zinfandel wine glass tempers the alcohol while also enhancing the fruit and spices in the wine
· The Pinot Noir wine glass creates the perfect balance of heightened sweetness, regulated acidity and alcohol suppression
· Rosé wine glasses direct the wine to the tip of the tongue, showcasing the tart, dry taste of rosé wines
· Chardonnay glasses keep young chardonnays tasting fresh, while enhancing a mature wine’s spicy, nutty taste
· Viognier glasses go with everything, but are especially suited to light, crisp while wines. This is the ideal glass to keep on board if space is limited
· Glasses for sparkling wines enhance the bouquet – while it’s also fun to have more space to watch the bubble rise to the top!
· Finally, Sweet Wine glasses feature an elegant shape and narrow bowl to elevate the sweetness of dessert wines.
At No. 12 we recommend Riedel Glasses. We are also happy to offer any advice that you may need about stocking the right glasses aboard your yacht for any eventuality. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Andrew Azzopardi