Gone are the days where a typical mug should be used for beer, and a simple stemmed glass should be chosen for wine. If you’re a beginner, experts say a sticking with a basic red wine glass is OK. But if you enjoy drinking different types of beers and wines, there are a wide range of different types of glasses, and each specific type of beverage is best enjoyed in their proper vessel. Here’s a basic primer of what you need to best enjoy your beverages.
Parts of the wine glass:
The foot, which keeps your glass from tipping over. Holding your glass by the stem keeps you from heating the wine bowl with your hands and allows it to remain smudge-free. The shape of the wine bowl not only holds the wine, but also captures and distributes the aroma of the wine. The rim of a good wine glass should be thin, to not distract from the wine as you drink from the glass. The best wine glasses are clear, so as not to distract from the wine itself.
Red: Red wine is best served in a standard red wine glass, with a rounder, wider and fuller bowl. The glass has the biggest opening at the top, so a large amount of the wine comes in contact with the air, helping to release the flavors and aromas. It is appropriate to place your nose into the bowl of the red wine glass to better appreciate the aroma.
Bordeaux glass: taller than a standard wine glass, but not quite as large in the bowl. It is best with a heavier wine such as a merlot and a cabernet.
Burgundy glass: not as tall as a Bordeaux glass, but it has larger bowl than the Bordeaux glass. It is best for wines with a delicate flavor, like a Pinot Noir.
White: White wine is usually drunk cold, and usually has a more spicy, citrus-like flavor.
White wine glass: the bowl is more upright and u-shaped, which helps keep the temperature cooler as it releases the aromas. White wine glasses are also traditionally smaller than red wine glasses.
Flute: Sparkling wine, including champagne and prosecco, should be served in a flute. A flute is one of the most narrow of glasses to help retain the carbonation and flavor.
Rose wine glasses: Rose wines, including Pinot Noir, Zinfandel Blush and Sauvignon, are usually drunk from a stemmed glass with a short bowl with a slight taper or a short bowl with a slightly flared rim. It is also appropriate to serve a rose wine out of a traditional white wine glass.
Dessert wine/sherry glasses: Sweet dessert wines and fortified wines, which are wines blended with a liquor, as well as sherries and cordials, should be drunk out of a smaller glass, traditionally between 2 ounces and 7 ounces.
Stemless wine glasses: Stemless wine glasses are popular for their limited risk for breaking as well as their contemporary lines.
Sources: The WEBstaurant store, foodservicewarehouse.com, basic-wine-knowledge.com
While a standard pint glass or beer mug is a popular choice for beer, different types of beer are best served in different types of glasses, experts say. Each type of beer has a glass suited to best meet the needs of the beer’s foam, or head, as well as its aroma.
Flute: The long and narrow glass has a shorter stem than the flute used for champagne. It is good choice to showcase a beer’s carbonation. Beers that work well in flutes include a German pilsener and Bock.
Goblet/Chalice: The goblet, or chalice, has a wide mouth so you can take big sips. It also has scoring inside the bottom of the glass, which increases bubbles and keeps its foamy head. Beers best served in the goblet include the Belgain IPA and the Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Mug/Stein: The beer mug is heavy and with a large handle. It is good for a wide variety of American beers, including the American IPA. It is also good for the English India Pale Ale, and the German Pilsner.
Pilsner Glass: A pilsner is traditionally a 12 ounce glass which is tall and thinner. It is wider at the mouth than at the base. It is designed to showcase carbonation, clarity and color.
Pint glass: A pint glass comes in two sizes: 16-ounce and 20-ounce. It is nearly cylinder. It is popular because they are easy to store and easy to drink out of, and appropriate for virtually any type of beer.
Snifter: A snifter is used for brandy and cognac. It has a wide bowl and a short stem, and is more tapered at the mouth of the glass.
Stange: A stange is a stick-like glass that is tall and thin. It is best for a delicate beer, such as a rye beer or a Czech Pilsener.
Tulip: A tulip-shaped glass with a shorter stem. The glass is used to support a beer with a larger foamy head. It is best for an Imperial IPA or a Belgian IPA as well as about a dozen other beer styles.
Weizen glass: The glass has thinner walls and a taller, narrower glass. It is designed for wheat beers to showcase their foamy heads.
Oversized wine glass: A 22-ounce wine glass is a popular serving glass for many Belgian ales.