Drinking a glass of red wine is a highlight at the end of a long work day for me. I can’t wait to open up a bottle of some heavenly Cabernet Sauvignon, sniff the sweet aroma and pour myself a glass of the rich full-bodied liquid into my waiting mouth. Only some days I can’t always find a clean wine glass and have to pour my special drink into A Red Solo Cup..Wait!! What?? This is Wine I tell myself, not diet coke, but my sweet nectar. How can I pour this into a red solo cup?? Looking for something better I find a few old-fashioned glasses, a couple of water bottles and as said before a bevy of red solo cups in the cupboard.
Will it matter? Won’t wine taste the same in any Container? Should You Only Drink Wine In a Wine Glass?
According to Certified Sommelier Madeline Puckette, author of the book Wine Folly and creator of the blog Wine Folly, if you just want to drink some wine and proceed to get snockered then drink away using red, blue or pink solo cups. But if you truly want to taste the wine you are drinking and enjoy every nuance then the beverage holder you choose should reflect the beverage you are drinking. Letting your wine breathe or decant isn’t something made up it’s real and certain stemware can help your wine taste the best it can be. I for one want my wine to taste exquisite.
In her post, “The Importance Of A Proper Glassware For Wine”, Madeline states certain shapes of glassware help the wine taste better. White Wine tends to be served in smaller bowled glassware. This helps maintain a cooler temp and helps in delivering aromas which you can breathe in. Red wines are typically served in larger bowled glasses because they need to have more room for the aromas and allow the ethanol evaporate. It also helps the wines taste smoother.
This is true for me. I tend to drink more reds than white. When I pour a glass of red the aromas are stronger and letting the wine breathe or decant a while in a larger rimmed glass does help as I begin to taste the explosions of flavor. Whites, on the other hand, have subtle aromas and tastes. I don’t want to get into too much detail on aromas, tannins, and acidity that I’m still learning about. As a novice drinker, I know what I enjoy and this information about types of wine glasses and how they can improve my wine tasting experience is invaluable. Below is a fabulous graphic chart courtesy of the Wine Folly blog:
So since the glass or beverage holder does make a difference in the taste do you need to use a wine glass every time? I would say it depends on the occasion. If I’m headed to the beach or the pool then I like bringing my cute, plastic wine shaped glass with flip flop embellishments all around it. My significant other prefers the above mentioned red solo cup..To Each His Own….When we are home we use our wine glasses especially when tasting new wines.(unless everything is dirty then whatever I can find which is what started me on writing this post)
Stem or Stemless
That also brings me to stemless versus stemmed wine glasses. Which is better? Does that make a difference? The BF likes stemless it’s easier for him to hold. I enjoy the long stemmed glassware, especially when doing a tasting using the Five Simple Steps of Wine Tasting. From what I’ve read the only difference when drinking from stemless is:
1. Your hands can get the glass dirty(fingerprints people)
2. Your hands do warm up the glass and for whites, you don’t want your wine to taste too warm. Which is why for stemmed glassware you hold the glass from the base and not the bowl itself.
Enjoy, Enjoy and Enjoy
In any case when you do decide to drink a lovely glass of Chardonnay or a deep rich Cabernet. Stop and think of what glass to put it in so you as the drinker can maximize your wine tasting experience. If you are headed outside to the beach, pool or summer party and have to pack things up then find something fun you enjoy drinking wine out of. If you are home and want to enjoy an old favorite or something new then maybe be a bit pickier and follow the rules from above. Either way Enjoy the wine, the company, and the experience.
Until next Time…
Chillin With Carrie
I highly recommend checking out more of the Wine Folly Blog and if so inclined purchase Madeline Puckette’s book Wine Folly The Essential Guide to Wine. She does a wonderful job of explaining the wine world with easy to follow wine graphics, maps, and illustrations especially to novice wine drinkers like myself.