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Types of Wine Glasses | The Wine Virgin
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Types of Wine Glasses

April 15, 2008

Wine Virgin, how many different types of wine glasses are there and do they really affect the taste like people say? - Phyla in San Jose, CA

Good question, there are about 6 types of wine glasses which are:

1. Champagne flute – A flute will hold six ounces and is roughly eight inches tall.

2. Champagne saucer – Short with a wide, shallow bowl.

3. Stemless wine glass – Basically the bastard child allowing for the choice of either red or white wines.

4. Bordeaux glass – Another bastard wine glass designed for both red and white wines.

5. White wine glass – Slightly taller than red wine glasses with a longer stem and narrower bowl.

6. Red wine glass – Much shorter stems along with wider bowls when compared to white wine glasses.

Keep in mind that there are almost as many different types of wine glasses available as there are wines. Unless you are an avid lush, you should stick with the main types listed above. No point in going crazy and seeking those rare and hard to find ones that will do nothing but suck your cash and leave you wondering if it was really worth the investment.

So does the type of wine glass really make that much of a difference in taste? Yes…. and most likely no. For those of the untrained palate, yes they exist… shhh!! They, you and more than likely I will not notice a difference. Yet for those who are in those rare circles of “taste” - to them and perhaps only them it is sacrilege to drink Pinot Noir in something other than a Pinot Noir glass. Oooo!!! Get the whip.

Look, save the money you would spend on those glasses and go out and buy a good bottle of your choice. Hell, do you think I would choose glass over my reason for existence?? Well do you??

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