A Guide to Wine Glasses - Reds

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Picture this - Ontario has just reopening and after spending hours waiting in line you’re leisurely walking through Home Sense and you get to the glassware section… They’ve got such a beautiful selection of wine glasses but which set do you choose for the bottle of red that you chose for your (long overdue) girls' night in?

The first thing you need to know is that all wine glasses aren't created equal and for the best wine tasting experience you'll want to reach for the right glass style!

Today, let us teach you about the benefits of wine-specific glasses for red wines.

We'll start with the basics - the anatomy of a wine glass.

There’s no test at the end of this but if there was you would ace it since a wine glass is made up of only four parts. While you can probably name them they all serve a pretty important purpose.

Starting from the bottom is the base. The base gives the glass stability and typically it elongates into the stem which is where the glass is meant to be held in order to keep the wine from changing temperatures as a result of body heat.

The stem is then connected to the bowl of the wine glass. Another reason for holding the wine glass at the stem is to ensure that no fingerprints are left behind on the bowl. The bowl is the largest part of the wine glass, large enough for the wine glass to be swirled comfortably without any risk of spilling. The bowl of the glass narrows as we move up the glass towards the rim.

The rim is the uppermost part of the glass, it is preferably the thinnest area of the glass. This narrowing focuses on the aromas of the wine typically found in red wine glasses. You’ll notice that with white, the glasses are typically the same or similar width from the bowl to the rim.

Red wine glasses

Red wine glasses all have one thing in common: they all are structured with large bowls that narrow closer to the rim. The heavier the red the larger the bowl to rim ratio.