The choice of the glass is very important for a correct wine tasting and evaluation; the glass must highlight and bring out the organoleptic elements of every single wine. 

The glass is not only an aesthetic  function; the correct choice will amplify the pleasure in tasting and highlight wine personality 

Are you ready to find out the right glass for the right wine?

Let’s start! 

Main characteristics : 

Whether you are drinking an aged red wine, bubbles or a dessert wine, every glass must respect physical characteristics for a correct tasting:

  • Production material and characteristics: no metal joint between the cup and the stem and it must be made of crystal
  • Thickness: it must be thin
  • Colour: it must be transparent to allow the visual and colour analysis of the wine
  • Dimension: the bigger the glass, the better the wine oxygenation

The width of the glass and the dimension must be chosen considering the wine and its characteristics


Here as follows a small guide that will allow your glass choice: 

Young wines: whites, reds and rosè 

A young white, red or rosè wine with a delicate and rich acidity, with a flowery, fruity aroma with a modest scent  must not be served in a  particularly wide glass  

The width of the glass will cause more oxygenation, but it would diminish the thin scents of young wines.    

To best intensify the youth of these wines, we advise to choose a glass with a tulip shape, with flared edges, elegant and light in shape. 

Aged wines: red and white mature wines 

These wines have a wide aromatic scent, they are rich in structure, personality and aromas. Aromas are often unique and due to particular aging or inherited by the variety itself. 

A great wine in the wrong glass can come out as a disappointment 

To help the extraordinary bouquet of those wines to come through, you will need the correct oxygenation

This is why you need a big  glass, with a long stem and a wide and flared width that will free the scents and aromas. 

Sparkling wines: it is a matter of bubbles

Bubbles are the main characteristics of this wines: to help perlage and to exalt the sweet notes of a particular acidic wine, it is good practice to use a slim glass with a tapered shape that will keep aromas in the glass itself.  

The famous Flute can be a classical solution, but not the best option. 

As a matter of fact, its cup doesn’t allow the correct aromas and bubbles. Flutes are also very difficult to clean and humidity at the bottom of the glass can ruin a unique experience. 

So, what can we do? We advise to use a tulip glass if the sparkling wine is young, fresh and probably aromatic, or, if you are tasting a glass of champagne or a classic vintage sparkling wine, do use a tattered shape thin glass, with a wide cup. 

Dessert wines: a sweet finish 

Dessert wines and  sweet wines are the perfect conclusion of a nice meal, paired with a tasty dessert or particular cheeses, or they can be tasted plain, nicely chatting away with friends at the end of a meal.

Italy produces from North to South a great varieties of those wines, all of them with amber colours, soft and intense and velvety flavours. 

What is the best way to taste them? We advise to use small glasses with narrow edges, to be tasted with short sips. In that way aromas will be directed towards your nose and will avoid dispersion.

We are now at the end of our journey in the world of wine glasses and remember: “ Nothing makes the future more rosy , than contemplating it through a glass …”

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