How to Pair Your Wine with the Proper Glass

Whether you prefer red, white, or sparkling, your glassware affects the way different wines taste. Learn which glasses pair best with your favorite vino to enjoy the maximum flavor.

White wine glass next to a red wine glass

Large, Round Glasses for Red Wine

Drinking red wine isn't just about the taste; it's about the experience. Red wines typically have more complex profiles than their white counterparts, and the aroma they release enhances the flavor. This is why it's important to allow red wine to "breathe," so larger, rounder glassware is in order. If you're trying to decide on a red wine to serve at your next dinner party, a Cabernet Sauvignon is always a great choice. It's a full-bodied red that's rich in flavor and tannins for the ultimate experience. Just remember to serve it in glassware with plenty of space. Try this sleek stemless option or this stemmed set to allow your red wine to release its fullest flavor. You can also use a decanter to aerate a larger quantity of red wine.

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Small, Narrow Glasses for White Wine

Because white wine usually doesn't have as many flavors or tannins, it doesn't need as much space to breathe as a red, but it's still important to make sure the bowl of the glass is wider than the rim. This allows for proper swirling to release the wine's aroma before taking a sip. For a white wine that's not too sweet, a flowery Chardonnay is a fantastic go-to. Chardonnay's smooth, buttery taste is palatable to wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Stemmed glassware is recommended for white wine because it should be served chilled, and the stem prevents your hand from heating the wine. But this white wine glass set is another good option if you prefer stemless glassware.

Flutes and Coupes for Champagne and Sparkling Wine

When it comes to Champagne and sparkling wine, it's all about the bubbles. Tall, narrow glasses force the carbonation to escape slowly, allowing you to enjoy your drink longer. A traditional flute is one of the best ways to keep your bubbly tasting fresh and crisp. Sparkling wine can also be enjoyed in a coupe glass. The coupe allows bubbles to disperse quicker for a taste that's softer and fruitier (not to mention it can hold more than a flute!). So a wine like this sparkling Ferrari Brut tastes delicious in either glass. Note: Brut refers to how dry a wine is. If you prefer something sweet, Moscato is a good choice for sparkling wine.

When it comes to Champagne and sparkling wine, it's all about the bubbles. Tall, narrow glasses force the carbonation to escape slowly, allowing you to enjoy your drink longer. A traditional flute is one of the best ways to keep your bubbly tasting fresh and crisp. Sparkling wine can also be enjoyed in a coupe glass. The coupe allows bubbles to disperse quicker for a taste that's softer and fruitier (not to mention it can hold more than a flute!). So a wine like this sparkling Ferrari Brut tastes delicious in either glass. Note: Brut refers to how dry a wine is. If you prefer something sweet, Moscato is a good choice for sparkling wine.

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