Wine glasses explained

The next time you are relaxing at Julia’s Lounge, your favorite restaurant or enjoying a glass of wine with friends, you may be able to share knowledge of types of glasses after reading this post.

The best and most practical wine glass will be made with crystal or a thin glass.  Thicker glass has been thought to affect the taste of your wine and possibly making it difficult to sip your wine.

For the average wine drinker, four basic types of wine glasses (red, white, sparkling, dessert) may be all you need. For those who wish to expand their enjoyment, appreciation and knowledge of wine, you may want to invest in the more specific types of wine glasses.

Red wine


red wine glass bowl will be full and round with a large opening to allow you to dip your nose into the glass to detect aroma. The complex aromas and flavors of red wine demand a glass with a larger surface area so the wine comes in contact with more air.

White wine


white wine glass bowl will be more U shaped and upright allowing the aromas to be released while also maintaining a cooler temperature.

The wine glass for younger whites has a slightly larger opening directing the wine to the tip and sides of the tongue to taste its sweetness.

The glass for more mature whites will be straighter and taller to dispense the wine to the back and sides of the tongue to taste its bolder flavors.

Sparkling wine


sparkling wine glass (or flute) will be upright and more narrow to retain the carbonation and capture the flavor.

Dessert wine


dessert wine glass should be smaller to direct the wine to the back of the mouth so the sweetness does not overwhelm the drinker. Dessert wines generally have a higher alcohol content, thus making the small glass perfect for a smaller serving.

Now, come and test your knowledge of wine glasses on your next visit to Julia’s or The Lounge at Julia’s, open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

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