Which glass to pair with your choice of wine?

Not knowing the right glass to pour your wine into is so old-noose! As there are a gazillion type of wine glasses in the market, its practically impossible to know about ’em all, especially then, if you’re not from the wine or hotel management background! Let’s figure out some basic wines we like and the glasses we can best pair them with. 


Red wines such as Pinot Noir have a strong flavour and are paired with robust food, such as, red sauce pasta dishes, red meats (beef, lamb), etc. They are served in large wine glasses, like Burgundy glass (with a tapering mouth) or Bordeaux glass (taller and larger in appearance than Burgundy  glass). The bowls of these glasses are fuller and rounder with a large opening for you to dip your nose and detect the aroma. The large shape and width of the glass help in airing the wine or exposing it to oxygen.


Rose wines such as Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are blush wines that are aromatic and fruity. They are served in a glass called the ‘hock’ which is more like a miniature imitation of the Red wine glasses. There are two types of rose wine glasses – one with a wider bowl to air older, fuller-bodied wines and one with a smaller bowl for younger styles that don’t need much attention. Just make sure you give it time to chill before drinking; approx., 20 minutes in the refrigerator should be fine.

Champagnes and sparkling wines are best consumed in a flute or a tulip glass – tall and narrow in shape. The width of the bowl is designed to accentuate the periage (fine bubbles) of these wines. The narrow diameter keeps the carbonation contained and accentuates the bouquet of the wine. Strange but true, girls prefer sparkling wines and champagnes for the tulip glass they get to hold onto.


 A white wine Viognier glass  bowl will be more ‘U-shaped’ and upright than that of a red wine glass, allowing the aromas to be released while also maintaining a cooler temperature. This glass is shorter in height than a generic red wine glass. It is made for younger, lower acidity wines that don’t benefit from too much exposure, such as Viognier, Sauvignon, SULA CHENIN BLANC amongst many others.

The next time you head out on a date or even if you’re in the company of friends, relatives or collegaues from work –  don’t forget to make them drool over your knowledge about the perfect stemware. Or, simply feel more confident about learning something new!

Tweet to me @ayushia_gulyani or leave a comment below and let me know your choice of wine glass!


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