CONTRIBUTED BY Shruti Walia

In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat, you need one. This witty quote by the great Napoleon Bonaparte sums it all. But this one’s not for the glass of wine but the wine glass.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the wine glasses, the question that you must ask us is this – does the type of glass affect the flavor of the wine? It freaking does! Interestingly, wine vessels are designed to capture the perfect amount of aromas and some are designed to be filled less than half-full.

So there’s a reason why you feel each drop of the scintillating liquid passing from your tongue to the throat and then inside.

Parts of a wine glass

The foot – The foundation on which the glass stands.

The stem – Here’s the point that helps you hold your wine glass. The purpose of stem is to allow the heat of your hands to warm your wine from the bottom and prevent creating smudges on the bowl.

The bowl – The belly of your wine glass where your wine rests.

The Rim – The top-most part of the glass. The thinner the rim, the lesser the glass distracts from the wine while sipping.

The Color – Oh yeah, the colour matters too. Crystal clear wine glasses allow a clear vision of the beauty of the wine even if it’s white wine.


Broad category of wine glasses

Standard wine glass – it’s the simple rim-bowl-stem-foot combination without any artistic twists.

Flute – this one is possibly the slimmest kind of wine glass with the usual shape but sleeker.

Tulip – thus named because it looks like a tulip flower.

Coupe –  this one has a bowl wider than usual.

Hock – whose stem is taller than others, the bowl is wider from the middle but narrower from the rim as a result there’s a slight twist between the bowl and the rim.

Tumbler – well, because it looks like a tumbler.


Wines are served in glasses of their type
The wine glasses are often manufactured and named after the type of wine. So Red wine has glasses such as Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Large Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, and standard red.

White wine is majorly served in a hock glass meant for the standard white wine or a Chardonnay glass whose bowl is slightly wider than that of the hock.

Dessert wine is served in a variety of wine glasses depending on the specific type of dessert wine. Those are Port, Madeira, Standard sweet, Sherry and Sauternes. Sherry wine glass is specifically interesting as it has a slight curve at the stem and the bowl is in the shape of an inverted triangle.

Sparkling wine is mainly served in vintage, tulip and flute glasses. There are very many kinds of wines that are also served in tumblers.


How do you start collecting wine glasses?
In India, there are wine connoisseurs too and whether or not you want to be one, it’s always good to have the basic kind of wine glass in your collection. For starters, keep it simple and get yourself a set of six red wine glasses and a set of four white wine glasses or Champagne flutes. Practically, these are the kinds you would really need in India.

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