Many experts say that wine must be served in the best crystal wine glasses to get its full advantage. Although not necessary, there are a few central principles to keep in mind when choosing wine glasses, that will help you get the most from your favorite bottle of wine.
When choosing wine glasses, always remember to first select a plain crystal glass to accent your best wines. Avoid colored or even those glasses that have tinted bases or stems. One of the most essential things to consider when choosing a wine glass is the way aromas are captured within the wine glass. Glasses with a wide bowl that narrow toward the mouth will allow more room for swirling and the narrow mouth channels the aroma to the nostrils efficiently. Large glass openings disperse aroma far too rapidly.
Red wines are usually served in larger glasses than white wine because they need more space to develop and breathe, but take note that a wine glass can never be too large. Sparkling wines should be provided in thin glasses with straight side so that the bubble is retained.
An all-purpose wine glass with a stem and a tulip-shaped bowl that holds a capacity of up to eight ounces is a good starter.
Wine tastes better when the correct shape glass is used. It tastes even better from lead crystal glasses. I cannot explain this, it just does.
Waterford Crystal is deservedly the most acclaimed lead crystal ware in the world. There are many imitations, but none matches Waterford glass for design, cut and clarity.
Lead crystal resonates easily. You can demonstrate this by running your finger around the top, you will feel the glass hum.
Lead crystal glass has a higher refractive index than ordinary glass. Light kinks when it goes from the air into glass and again when it passes out of the glass into air. The higher the refractive index, the more the light kinks. White light is made up of red, blue, green and yellow light. These all have different properties so are kinked by different amounts. It is THIS that gives cut lead crystal its distinctive bright appearance.
Lead crystal also feels softer to the touch than ordinary glass and there are many who are convinced that wine tastes better from a lead crystal glass than an ordinary moulded one. It is certainly a more pleasant experience overall, because the cut lead crystal glass interacts with the light passing through the wine in such an attractive way.
I can attest to the fact that it is true, the aroma, appearance, and even the taste of the wine is enhanced through using the proper crystal wine glass. Waterford crystal wine glasses are definitely NOT cheap. I have very slowly collected a few and use them with special friends or simply when I want to feel, smell and taste the full glory of a good glass of wine.
Always remember that regardless the type of wine served, the right wine glass will enhance the features of the wine and will allow a more enjoyable wine drinking experience.