Certain wine glasses perform better than others (there is actually some science to back this up). That being said, what are the best wine Glass Cup for you?
You can drink wine from whatever vessel you want, be it a wine glass, coffee mug, mason jar, or dixie cup. Heck, you can ditch the glass altogether and drink straight from the bottle for all I care.
However, using the right glass improves the taste of wine. And they won’t cost you a fortune either.
The Importance of a Proper Glass
There is now there is a piece of scientific evidence that supports the importance of the Double Wall Glass Cup shape.
In 2015, a Japanese medical group used a special camera to record images of ethanol vapors in different glasses. In their study, the research group showed how different glass shapes affected the density and position of vapors at the openings of different glasses.
Why are there so many different glasses for wine?
Of the many different wine glasses available, you’ll find that certain shapes are better for enjoying certain types of wine.
By the way, it doesn’t really matter if your Espresso Glass Cup is stemmed or stemless. It’s more about how the shape of the vessel collects aromas and deposits wine into your mouth. (I know some of you enthusiasts will strongly disagree! 😉 )
Below is a summary of the primary glass shapes and the wines that tend to perform well in these shapes.
First things first. Do you know those stemmed glasses that you fill all the way to the top? Those aren’t wine glasses. They are hipster cups.
In order to taste flavors in wine you really need space above the wine to collect aromas.
White Wine Glasses
White wines are typically served in smaller bowled Wine Cup. Smaller glasses:
Delivers more aromas (even at cooler temperatures) due to proximity to the nose
You’ll notice that full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, White Rioja, and orange wines are better with a larger bowl.
The larger bowl, originally introduced by Riedel as a “Montrachet” glass, better emphasizes a creamy texture because of the wider mouth.
Red Wine Glasses
The choice of a red Wine Glass has a lot to do with mitigating the bitterness of tannin or spicy flavors to deliver a smoother tasting wine.
After a few years of tasting wines from different glasses, we’ve noticed that red wines tend to taste smoother than a glass with a wide opening. Of course, the distance to the actual fluid affects what you smell.
Glass has the least impact on whatever hot drink it comes into contact with, therefore giving the truest representation of your tea leaves. Aside from being non-porous, its transparency allows the tea itself to shine. After all, we eat (and drink!) with our eyes. A beautiful glass teapot brings a sense of theatre to the tea table. If you’re appreciating the drama of a flowering tea, or getting lost in the unravelling of a delicate oolong, watching the leaves through glass can be an immersive, sensory, and even meditative experience. Glass also draws attention to those fantastic distinctions in liquor colour, so prized by tea connoisseurs. We begin to notice the amber, copper and ruby hues of a black tea, for example. Borosilicate glass Tea Wares are excellent heat retainers, and can keep your tea toasty for longer - no tea cosy necessary! Avoid thin glass receptacles like wine and untempered water glasses. As well as being fragile, these are dangerous to drink hot liquids from.
There are few things in life more irritating than a Coffee Glass mug. Well, maybe people who wear Caucasian-flesh colored ice skates who think they’re somehow fooling everyone into believing that instead of a foot, they have some sort of Ken doll nub with a razor-sharp blade popping out. Or maybe even those rare, emotionally clued-in men who—right before taking a small, sensible sip of fair-trade Argentinian maté out of an environmentally sensible on-the-go thermos—whisper to a friend in the utmost confidence, “We’re pregnant.” Or maybe even fully grown adult human beings who wear snuggly-wuggly head-to-toe sweat suits and bring actual, real-sized pillows onto two-hour coach flights from New York to Charlotte because the slightest prospect of not being comfy-wumfy will trigger an existential spiral from which they will never recover.
Yes, maybe the glass mug isn’t the worst of the worst things, but still, its very nature proves the existence of dark, calamitous forces hell-bent on tamping down truth and beauty and common sense in this world.
Because, let’s be real, glass Coffee Cup lovers, who are you kidding? Are you so curious about your coffee that you absolutely must have a clear line of sight on it? Do you really need the drinkware version of a 24/7 motion and noise-sensitive baby monitor? Are the guessing games too much for you? Does seeing the exact level of coffee ease the pain of having to choose between tangible, empirical knowledge and the wildly unknowable idea of faith that exists deep down in the muddy ooze of your baboon DNA?
Why Glass Is Best For Storing Food
Glass is endlessly recyclable
Glass doesn't degrade every time you recycle it (unlike all recycled plastics). It can be recycled into another jar or bottle that's just as good over and over again, without ever reducing its quality. Did you know it only takes around 30 days for your old glass wine bottle to be recycled and be back on the shelf made into something else? Without their lids, glass jars are made of one simple material which is easily recycled. Plus making glass from recycled glass that already exists reduces the CO2 emissions compared to making it from scratch, says consumer movement Friends of Glass.
As well as reusing your Glass Storage Jars to house any number of pickles, dry goods and sauces, you can even recycle your glass into candle jars at home.