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The Best Wine Glasses for Every Type of Vino

Stem Zero Vertigo White Wine Glasses

It often surprises people to hear that a glass can make or break a drink. The reality is that curvature, depth, glass thickness and so many other variables have a profound impact on the smell and taste of what you’re sipping. For this reason, people have dedicated their entire careers to finding the ultimate sipping vessels. Thankfully, we’ve shortened that to a few pages, highlighting some of the best wine glasses by category.

For Sparkling: Riedel Fatto A Mano Champagne Wine Glasses (Set of 6), £395

Riedel Fatto A Mano Champagne Wine Glass

I have used these glasses for years and swear by them. Regardless of the style of sparkling wine; Champagne, cava, crémant, English sparkling and so on, you’re always offered a powerful bouquet in the glass. What’s more, the elevation results in the liquid hitting your tongue at the exact spot in order to get the best possible sensation across your tastebuds.

Unlike a flute, the egg-shaped design allows the complex layers to grow and intensify, and the larger rim diameter enables them to be released in a way which is not achieved with a narrow glass. The glass also includes a distinct ‘sparkling point’ to aid the formation of the Champagne bubbles. With a pack of six, each glass comes with its own colour, so you’re always aware whose is whose. No more cheekily taking the glass with most in it…

Available at Riedel.

For Light Reds: Waterford Crystal Elegance Glasses (Set of 2), £71

Waterford Crystal Elegance Glasses

While a big glass bowl similar to the Oaked Whites choice is the best option for Pinot Noir, there are many other lighter reds out there too that may not benefit as much from this style. Waterford Crystal have spent a significant amount of time creating a glass that does justice to said varieties. Each crystal vessel offers the utmost elegance with its contemporary design, delicate and deep bowl, v plunge, and crisp rim.

Available at Waterford.

For Dry Whites: Riedel Superleggero Riesling, £85

Riedel Superleggero Riesling

Despite its thin stem, this wine glass is sturdy and tall, showcasing the upmost elegance. Its height makes it perfect for balancing high acidity and sugar of fruit forward white wines like Riesling, Viognier and even Sauvignon Blanc. A combination of design factors ensure that your wine has the perfect balance of fresh, mineral, and fruit all in one.

Available at Riedel.

For Oaked Whites: Stem Zero Vertigo White Wine Glasses, £49

The best Wine Glasses for Every Type of Vino

The generous oval bowl and wide rim of the Vertigo series makes it the perfect match for your oaky white wines. Currently, there is no other wine glass on the market that has such a distinct oval curvature to it, making this unique. I recommend to serve your white wines a touch cooler so that as they slowly adapt to room temperature, your tasting experience continues to elevate. This glass is a match made in heaven for any wine that is oaked, especially Chardonnay.

Available at Nude Glass.

For Bold Reds: Zieher Intense Vision Series (Set of 2), £119

Zieher Intense Vision Series Red Wine Glasses

Here we have one of the most aesthetically stunning wine glasses I’ve seen; it’s almost as if you’re looking into the ever-expanding universe, folding in on itself. It really is quite mesmerising. The ‘Intense’ brings forth a unique tapering neck which intensifies the aroma molecules. Given the specific diameter, more oxidation takes place, making it ideal for a wine that is being decanted.

Available at Zieher.

About the author

Aidy Smith

Aidy Smith is a wine and spirits personality and one of the presenter trio behind Amazon Prime TV Series, The Three Drinkers. In better times, he is often found scouring the globe for his next tipple. It’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it. You can follow his adventures on Instagram at @sypped.

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