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The 101 on Wine Glasses


New The Know Your Wine SeriesI RECENTLY ATTENDED A champagne tasting where the champagne glasses were made out of plastic. Unfortunately, I have to say that the experience was “plasticky”.

I could smell the plastic from the champagne and what a shame that was as the champagne was made by one of the oldest champagne houses in the world.


Well, you may call me a pain the “you know where” but I seriously can’t tolerate wine in water glasses, it is just so wrong. So there is the first reason, the experience of it is just not aesthetic and the champagne experience will never be able to match when you are having proper glass or crystal made glasses.WinesbytheGlass

Another more important reason would be for the enhancement of taste. The next time you have wine, try having it from a normal cup and then from a wine glass. It does make a difference in determining whether you would like to have a second glass or not. The main reason behind this is the wine glass is designed to complement wines.


For instance, a wine glass for a big red, say cabernet is designed to moderate acidity by directing the wines into the centre of the tongue while for a light red say pinot noir, the wine glass helps in creating the perfect balance of highlighted sweetness, regulates acidity and alcohol suppression. In addition to that, a proper sparkling wine or champagne glass can enhance the bouquet of the wine.


Wine-GlassAs a general rule, red wines would need wine glasses with wider bowl and wider opening. The main reason behind this is because the bigger flavours in reds need to spread out and the wider bowl also lets in more air, which releases bold aromas and flavours. This is especially true for big wine glass


As for the whites, it is the opposite, the bowl and the opening would be narrower. Whites are generally more vulnerable to heat than reds. Hence a narrower bowl would help keep the temperature cool longer. For the lighter aromas, they are able to waft better.


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white wine glass

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As for sparkling wines or champagne, choose fluted or tulip-champagne-glassesshaped glasses. This shape helps keep the bubbles intact for longer and ensure the best flavour and aroma while drinking the sparkling wine.

So by now you would be thinking, you would need at least need 3 different sets of glasses but fret not as I believe they are not that expensive. You don’t really need crystal and please stay with clear glasses without cutting or designs on them. One tip though, you can always opt for ISO glasses, they are great for all three types of wine and you can get a good one for a fraction of the cost. Cheers!


Trina, founder, Wine Tasting Malaysia, an online based wine enthusiast group with weekly wine tasting events all around Klang Valley. Often found with a wine glass in her hand, she truly believe life is so much more WINEderful with wines. She is currently on a quest to gather 1000 wine enthusiasts in Malaysia. Be part of her quest by joining Wine Tasting Malaysia via or She calls Subang Jaya her home and can be reached at


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