Corporate Gifts: Engraved Wine Glasses vs. Imprinted Wine Glasses

Why the proper shape of the glass makes drinking wine more pleasurable - Part 2 of 2

The shape of the glass is also important, as it concentrates the flavor and aroma to emphasize the wine's characteristic. The shape of the glass directs the wine itself into the best area of the mouth from the varietal.


Traditionally wine glasses have stems. A new trend in wine glasses is the "stemless" wine glass which comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. The Riedel – O wineglass has made this style a household item.

For most casual wine drinkers wine glasses can be divided into three types: red wine glasses, white wine glasses, and champagne flutes. Wine tumblers, like the Riedel – O (without stems), are also popular and are made for red, white and champagne.


Wine glasses made of fused or cut glass can create a rough, thick lip, from which it is not as pleasurable to drink out of. Blown glass results in a better wineglass, with a thinner wall and a 'sheer' lip, and is usually required to impress non casual wine drinkers. These glasses are usually made of crystal or lead crystal. Lead crystal glasses' advantages are primarily aesthetic, having a higher index of refraction, thus changing the effect of light passing through them. They are also heavier. Since the advent of California's Proposition 65 rule it is required to label all glasses containing lead when shipping into the state of California.

Red Wine Glasses: Glasses for red wine are characterized by their rounder, wider bowl, which increases the rate of oxidization. Red wine glasses also have particular styles of their own, such as:
Bordeaux: tall with a broad bowl, and is designed for full bodied red wines like Cabernet, Zinfandel and Merlot as it directs wine to the back of the mouth.
Burgundy: broader than the Bordeaux glass, it has a bigger bowl to accumulate aromas of more delicate red wines such as Pinot Noir. This style of glass directs wine to the tip of the tongue.


White Wine Glasses:
White wine glasses vary enormously in size and shape, from the delicately tapered Champagne flute, to the wide and shallow glasses used to drink Chardonnay. Different shaped glasses are used to accentuate the unique characteristics of different styles of wine. Wide mouthed glasses function similarly to red wine glasses, promoting rapid oxidization which alters the flavor of the wine. To preserve a crisp, clean flavor, many white wine glasses will have a smaller mouth, which reduces surface area and in turn, the rate of oxidization. In the case of sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Asti Spumante’, an even smaller mouth is used to keep the wine sparkling longer in the glass.