Right Wineglasses For The Right Wine Drinking

Wine glasses come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and different varietals are best served in specific types of glasses. Here is how to identify which glasses are right for your wine drinking preferences.

Types of Wine Glasses Chart

Types of Wine Glasses Chart1


Red Wine – always served in large glasses, red wines require more air exposure than their white counterparts in order to perform at their peak. Wide-bowled glasses enable you to get the full effect of the aromatics at play when inhaling a red wine’s bouquet — wine speak for scent.

Bordeaux glasses are tall but not overly wide, which thrusts the wine toward the back of the mouth. These glasses are recommended for full-bodied reds like cabernet and merlot.

Schott Zwiesel Ivento Bordeaux Glass - Set of 6Schott Zwiesel Ivento Bordeaux Glass – Set of 6, £30.50 (wineware.co.uk)

riedel-vinum-bordeaux-glasses-set-of-2Riedel Vinum Bordeaux Glasses – Set of 2, $54.95 (williams-sonoma.com)

Burgundy glasses are shorter and wider, pushing light and medium-bodied reds like pinot noir toward the front of the tongue where their flavors can be more fully appreciated. A Burgundy glass is also called balloon glass.
Zalto Denk'Art Burgundy Glass
Zalto Denk’Art Burgundy Glass, $65.00 (wineenthusiast.com)

White Wine When it comes to whites, keeping the wine chilled is essential. Thus, white wine glasses tend to have much narrower bowls than red glasses. White wine glasses are smaller and narrower to keep the wine cooler and focus the limited aromatics from a cold glass all toward your nose. Unlike reds, glasses for white wines can usually be chosen based on age. Mature whites do best in straight, tall glasses that direct the wine to the back of the tongue. Younger whites, on the other hand, are better enjoyed through wider bowls, allowing for the wine’s sweetness to hit the tip of the tongue.

Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc Wine GlassesRiedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc Wine Glasses – Set of 2, $59 (wineenthusiast.com)

Enoteca White Wine GlassEnoteca White Wine Glass, $24.95 (crateandbarrel.com)

Dessert Wine – Dessert wines like port, madeira and sherry are super concentrated and usually quite sweet, necessitating small serving sizes. Using a small glass with an inward taper allows for an even more intense concentration of the wine’s aromas inside the glass.

Champagnes / Sparkling Wine Champagnes and sparkling wines are best served in tall, narrow flutes that preserves the wine’s bubbles and pushes them up the glass creating a beautiful presentation.

Viv Champagne GlassViv Champagne Glass, $4.95 (crateandbarrel.com)