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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Wine Glass

Ultimately, you can drink from whatever glass that your little heart desires. Whether it’s from a wine glass, coffee mug, teacup, or protein bottle. Any container works as long as you are okay with using anything but a wine glass. If you’re bold enough drink it straight from the bottle because sometimes you don’t need a wine glass.

With all that said, there are ways of making your wine taste better just by using the proper glassware. So instead of using a universal wine glass, here is our guide on picking the right wine glass for every type of wine. 

White Wine Glasses

White wine glasses are usually served in glasses with smaller bowls. This is because a smaller glass can preserve floral aromas, it also helps to maintain cooler wine temperatures. We all know that white wine needs to be chilled. The smaller bowls also help to express more acidity in white wines and delivers more pungent aromas do to the proximity between your nose and glass. This being said, with a white wine that is more full-bodied you might want to serve it in a larger bow with a wider mouth to emphasize its creamy texture. 

Red Wine Glasses

There are more choices for red wine glasses than white wine glasses. The difference in shape and sizes have a lot to do with enhancing or taking down the bitterness of tannin or more spicy flavours. The difference in glasses helps delivery a smoother tasting red wine. The wider the opening the smoother the wine and the distance of your nose to the wine dictates how pungent the smell is. 

 

Large “Bordeaux” Glass

This is the perfect glass for flavourful and bold red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Alicante Bouschet or Bordeaux Blends. The shape of the glass delivers the most aroma and there’s a large surface to allow the ethanol to evaporate. The wide opening also allows the wine to taste smoother. 

 

“Standard” Red Wine Glass

This glass is perfect for medium- to full-bodied red wines that have spicy notes or high alcohol content. The glass softens the spice in these kinds of red wines because it slows down the wine as it hits your tongue more progressively due to the smaller opening. Zinfandel, Malbec, Syrah (Shiraz) and Petite Sirah wines are well suited for the “Standard” Red Wine Glass.

 

Aroma Collector “Bourgogne” Glass

This glass is the perfect choice for delicate red wines with very subtle aromas. The large round bowl collects all the delicious aromas and captures all the scents for your nose. Try Pinot Noir or Gamay in your Aroma Collector “Bourgogne” Glass.

 

Specialty Wine Glasses

Aside from the perfect 3 glasses for wines you might want to pick up a few specialty wine glasses if you like to indulge in champagne or dessert wines. For example, every wine drinker should have Port/ Flute glass collected to reduce evaporation from fine champagnes or proseccos. 

 

Visit Macedo Winery for authentic wine selections and wine tastings.

Wine Vintages Secrets

Most of us would be pretty upset if we bought a bottle of Coca-Cola and it didn’t taste like what we expected. That beautiful bubbly sweet taste.



The reality with vintage wine is that, the moment you find a wine you really love, you have to accept it will never be the same again. Why? A little something called – Vintage variation.

Vintage Variation affects all wines and weather plays a huge role in the taste of wine.

What is Vintage?

The vintage date on a wine label refers to the year in which the grapes were harvested to make wine. The growing season (and its weather conditions) define how wines taste and age!

Vintage Weather

  • A rainy year: Rainy years increase rot and disease to grapes, this produces lower quality grapes.
  • Rains right before the harvest: This causes grapes to swell and produce flabby (low acid and less concentrated), uninteresting wines with little taste.
  • A super dry year: Vines become very stressed and produce very little fruit due to the lack of water.
  • A hot year: Temperatures over 92 ºF / 33 ºC cause vines to stop metabolizing and ripening fruit. This often creates wines with elevated alcohol levels but rigid, unripe tannin flavors, and less acidity.
  • Frost late into spring: Frosts can kill buds on the vine and cause uneven ripening. It also shortens the growing season, increasing the pressure for perfect weather in the fall.
  • Spring hailstorms: Hailstorms cause severe crop damage and greatly reduce the size of the vintage.
  • Early fall frosts: Vines stop producing and grapes stop ripening. This generally increases the acidity in wines.

The Perfect Vintage

The “perfect” growing season is a sunny, not too hot, not too cold, not too dry, nor a not too wet year. Ideally this is a year where spring slowly leads into summer, and summer gradually tapers off into fall. It’s a year with just enough rain to keep the vines slightly thirsty so they don’t overproduce grapes.

Although wine changes from year to year there’s magic in that in collecting the years with the best harvest. Vist Macedo Winery and try our different vintages.

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