Selecting the Right Wine Glasses

An avid wine collector, Arthur Godsell, co-owner and president of Godsell Construction Corporation, often visits the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France and the Chianti and Tuscany regions of Italy. Arthur Godsell also regularly attends local wine tastings in his free time.

Wine glasses may look very similar to the untrained eye, but their small differences often play a big role in the enjoyment of wine. The bowl of the glass impacts the oxidation of the wine once it’s poured inside the glass. Wider bowls expose more of the wine to the air, allowing for a stronger aroma to emerge. This is especially helpful for making red wines more enjoyable. Meanwhile, narrow bowls are best suited for white wines because too much air can negatively affect the taste. Narrower bowls also keep the wine chilled and are good for carbonated drinks like champagne.

A wine’s aroma is also affected by the rim of the glass. Tapered rims are useful in that they prevent spills while swirling, but they also capture released aromas. On the other hand, flared glasses direct the wine toward the mouth, making it easier to taste the different flavors.

The stem of the glass should also be considered. Stemless glasses are good for more casual wine drinking and are less formal. They can also be used for water when paired with a stemmed glass at a dinner party. However, stemmed glasses make swirling easier and prevent the wine’s temperature from being affected by the heat from your hand. The longer the stem is, the more elegant the glass looks, though they become more fragile as length increases and often times less practical.

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