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For every drink there is a glass. For every glass there is a set of lips ready to receive its drink and quench the thirst of its owner. -Shances

Champagne glass

Champagne Glass

Bubbles become larger as they rise; reaching the top they collapse and create aromas






Trumpet glasses feature sides that flare outward, resembling a trumpet. The flare allows for the faster release of aroma.

The tulip glass is the widest in the middle at the bowl with a rim that curves inward; a form that directs the taste of champagne to the center of the tongue for best balance of fruit and acid, and concentrates the bouquet.  It is a glass preferred by wine connoisseurs. It focuses the aromatics towards the nose. Tulips are often used for finer French champagnes, as its wider base allows the flavor to be captured.

Flute glasses have long, narrow bowls.  The shape of the bottom of the glass, which is usually pointed, allows the slow rise of bubbles, and prolongs the cool temperature, maintaining aroma and flavor. The shape also focuses the aromatics towards the nose.

Coupe also known as Saucer glasses, have wide, shallow bowls. The coupe champagne glass was invented in 1663 in England by glassmakers looking to cash in on the "new" popular drink- 'champagne."

The glasses do not work well because they enable aroma and carbonation to escape quickly.  The glass is falsely attributed to being molded after the breast of Marie Antoinette (1775-1793). In actuality, Marie created a milk drinking bowl allegedly from a mold of her left breast to use at her Pleasure Dairy at Rambouillet.

White Wine

White Wine Glass

The white wine glass is made with a bowl slightly smaller in diameter and with sides a little straighter than a red wine glass.  It has a shape that concentrates the flavor and releases the delicate bouquet.

Red Wine Glass

To release its aroma, red wine is served in a glass with a slightly larger bowl and a little taller overall than the white wine glass.


There are various types: Claret, burgundy (slightly larger than the claret glass), Paris (all-purpose), and magnum glass (oversized glass that holds 8 to 10 or more ounces).

The bowl of a red wine glass is wider; deeper than white wine glass. It also 


Exposes to oxygen


Releases aromas


Swirling easier


Young wine (Malbec, Beaujolais and Syrah) do not need as big a bowl


Hold by bowl to warm



Water is drunk throughout a meal. The water glass called a goblet is the largest vessel in a set of stemware. 

Water Glass

Red wine
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