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How to choose the right glass of wine?

EtiquetasPublishing date: 27/11/2015
What a glass. What a wine.


This fascinating wine world is an exhaustive source of learning, and though it is important to enjoy it unabashed, there are a few basics you should be acquainted with.

One of the most fundamental aspects is the wine glass. Because the container is as important as the content, and can ruin the wine if it is inappropriate, we have compiled some tips to help you:

Fine and transparent crystal

Wine glasses must always be transparent, fine and smooth: no colour or carving. To see clearly the colour of the wine, beyond tasting, forms part of the sensory experience, and a coloured wine glass would only take away the intricate qualities of the wine.

It is also preferable that the glass be stemmed in order to hold the glass. Why? The stem is not meant only to give a stylish look to it, its function is actually to maintain the hand away from the wine so that it doesn’t warm up.

For reds…

A wide bowl that narrows towards the top or mouth of the glass. This gives a glass that has a narrower mouth than its central diameter. The idea is that the wider bowls increase the intensity of the aroma and taste, but also keep it inside. A body with a curved base helps to oxygenise the red wine in order to discover its nuances to the fullest. The more we go towards older vintages, the more the glass will grow in intensity in body and mouth.

Glass of white wine rose wine Leyenda del Páramo 

For whites and rosés…

A smaller cup, with a smaller and narrower body is recommended. White wine and rosés do not need to be oxygenated as much to find its maximum expression, and by serving in a smaller glass and quantity, we will avoid its heating. The shape of the glass also allows the wine to reach the middle of the tongue more quickly, emphasising the acidity and fruit. The more complex whites will demand glasses similar to the red wine ones suggested above.

Sparkling wines will find their perfect container in flute-type glasses, where the bubbles are free of movement, the temperature is maintained and the effervescence lasts longer. The wine glass chosen for the sweets will determine the concentration of sugar. For a higher concentration, the wine should be served in smaller bowls with a narrower mouth. For a lower one, use a wine glass similar to those used for whites or rosés.

Our sweet white Flor del Parámo wine, for example, with 60 g/l. of sugar is totally different from a Jerez sweet wine that can have a concentration of up to 200g/l of sugar. The first will go perfectly with a cup of white wine, whereas the second would be almost sickly-sweet if not served in a smaller wine glass.


These are the main tips, but today wine glasses are designed expressly for mono varieties. If you wish to have a more versatile wine glass, for both whites and reds, we recommend a Bordeaux glass as the best option.


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