Just keep in mind that
wine glasses were not designed to merely impress your guests.
That tall flute glass, for example, not only helps bubbles circulate
in chilled champagne. Its slender stem also allows you to hold
the glass without raising the champagne's temperature.
On the other hand, bold red wines usually require a bit more 'elbow room' in a wider glass with a bigger bowl, to help aerate and release its true flavors. To prove it, at your next wine tasting party pour a glass of red wine in a small glass, and another in a larger glass, and see the unique difference it makes in your mouth!
While there is lots of debate about what wine glass best suits a particular wine, these are the classic shapes that have become universally accepted for enjoying wine to the fullest:
1. Port, 2. Brandy snifter 3. white wine, 4. red wine, 5. red burgundy,
6. Champagne flute 7. Champagne coupe
Around the Web, learn
more about the purpose of glasses for a variety of wines and champagnes
at top sites featuring expert guides, advice and serving tips, along with fun facts, trivia, and a bit of history of the wine glass...
More information about wine glasses around the Web:
Serving: Glassware - A down-to-earth discussion with lots of sound
advice on what to look for when purchasing wine glasses along
with cleaning tips and a link to more information about all the fuss over Riedel
How to Choose Wine Glasses - Get step-by-step instructions from WikiHow for presenting the proper glass along with related tips on cleaning and storage of wine glassware.
glass - Wikipedia overview with practical advice and information
on their proper use, shape and manufacture with helpful photos,
illustrations and related resources.