Selecting the right glass

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Certain wines perform better in certain shape glasses, using the right glass can improve the taste/experience of that wine. The same wine in a different shape of glass influences the wine and can bring out a completely different finish and bouquet.

In a 2015 study, scientist Kohji Mitsubayashi and colleagues at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University devised a new camera set-up that indicated that glass shape affects the flavour of wine.

They added chemicals in a glass filled with wine to map the concentration distribution of ethanol vapor rising. All this chemical interplay enables the camera to snap pictures of a wine’s bouquet and shows that the density and position of aromas are affected by different glass shapes. ₁

It was the Austrian glassmaker Claus Josef Riedel that added a new wineglass to his catalogue in 1958. He took notice that a slight change in his glassware made a change in what he was drinking. At that time, a glass made for a particular wine was a first.

You want to allow the wine to be in contact with air, and with the right wine glass it will collect aromas for you to discover. One type of glassware is better at collecting aromas, the other is better at maintaining the temperature.

But how do you choose? There are so many different sizes and shapes to choose from.

Here is some help.

We all enjoy drinking wine in a different way. We prefer a wine glass with a stem, as this keeps your hand from warming up the wine. It is important that you enjoy but, in our opinion, number one is to respect the wine. Here’s how we enjoy drinking our wine in the best way.

We’d love for you to come and visit us and experience the effect of our (un)decanted wines served in a different glass shape at a different temperature.