How does your wine glass shape affect your wine tasting experience?
10 February 2022
Interest in wine is primarily driven by color, bouquet and taste. For many wine lovers, the glass is not seen as an instrument that can enhance the wine or bring out its essence.
Over time, the industry has amassed a wealth of scientific data on the relationship between the shape of a glass and the consumer’s perception of the bouquet and taste of wines and spirits. The tasting experience can be enhanced depending on the grape variety, a key factor in determining the relationship between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol, the wine selected and the glass used.
From these findings, the role of the shape and size of the glass in wine tasting is now much better understood.
The Bordeaux wine glass
The Bordeaux wine glass is best suited to bringing out the full flavor of the most tannic wines with moderate acidity. Of these, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Bordeaux will be perfectly matched to this glass for a tasting.
The shape of the glass directs the wine to the center of the tongue creating a harmony between the fruit, tannin and acidity. This accentuates the power, concentration and tannins.
This glass is perfect for grape varieties with a lot of structure such as Malbec, Tannat or Sangiovese.
The Pure Burgundy wine glass
The rounded shape of the Pure Burgundy glass allows the wine to gently settle on the tongue. It is ideal for reducing the richness of the wine and tends to accentuate the acidity.
If you are unsure which wine glass to choose for your Pinot Noir, Gamay, Montepulciano or Mondeuse, this uniquely shaped glass is a great option.
The white mineral wine glass
The shape of this white wine glass is ideal for varieties such as Sauvignon, Riesling and Albarino.
Its upright shape brings out the subtleties, the richness and the complexity of the wine on the palate. You will be able to enjoy all of its flavors, even the most subtle.
The aromatic white wine glass
For a more aromatic white wine, the Oaked Chardonnay Veritas wine glass is a very suitable choice.
Grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat will blend perfectly with this glass.
This glass is designed to accommodate white wines with rich, buttery aromas and exotic fruit notes or wines that have undergone barrel fermentation.
A myriad of shapes for wine tasting
A wine glass is one of the most important elements in wine tasting, regardless of the type of wine or its varietal. Beyond the design and aesthetic appeal, it allows you to assess the quality of the wine, even before tasting it! At Vinum Design, we offer a wide selection of wine, beer and spirits glassware that makes it simple to choose the right glass for you.
Our wine experts are also available to help you make the right choice. Visit one of our branches in Quebec and Ontario or contact us for more information.