Why we drink wine in a spe­cial glass

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For sure, this is a com­mon ques­tion that ev­ery winelover has asked them­selves.Wine, like the uni­ver­sal al­co­holic bev­er­age, gen­er­ally speak­ing is drank out of a glass..As far as i know un­til the end of days, it will al­ways be served like that. But, if you want to un­der­stand why wine is served like that, keep read­ing and you will un­der­stand.

Much has been writ­ten and re­searched about this topic which goes back to be­gin­ning of the XX cen­tury.The wine glass is the ves­sel by ex­cel­lence to drink wine be­cause it per­mits the drinker to ap­pre­ci­ate bet­ter its qual­i­ties.

How is this pos­si­ble?. The glass in it­self, do not change the fla­vor of wine but it af­fect the per­cep­tions of the wine fla­vors it­self.The Ox­ford Com­pan­ion to wine rec­om­mends that each wine or grape must have their own wine glass. I frankly, don't bother. I keep one glass for white and one for red. How­ever, if you have a spe­cial wine or fa­vorite wine, it is nice to in­vest in a more ex­pen­sive glass.

In fact, the choices are so nu­mer­ous that you’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing whether you need a wine glass for ev­ery type of wine you drink.The short and sim­ple an­swer is no. While many will try and con­vince you that by us­ing the per­fect type of glass­ware for a cer­tain type of wine you will be im­prov­ing the drink­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I have to dis­agree.A glass of wine is go­ing to taste just as good in a glass cre­ated specif­i­cally for that wine as it will in a tumbler.The wine is what mat­ters, not the glass.

So why are there so many dif­fer­ent kinds of glass­ware out there? Plain mar­ket­ing. In 1973, Claus Riedel of the Riedel glass­ware com­pany was ex­plor­ing a way to sell more wine glasses, and he came up with an in­ge­nious ideal way to do so: the Riedel Som­me­lier se­ries.The ini­tial se­ries con­sisted of ten glasses of dif­fer­ent shapes that were each said to be the per­fect glass­ware for a cer­tain type of wine. Ac­cord­ing to Riedel, the spe­cific shape of the glass would help a wine drinker in pick­ing up ev­ery aroma of the wine, and that shape would also di­rect the wine to the ex­act part of your mouth that would al­low you to taste that wine best. Af­ter re­leas­ing the glasses, sales went to the roof.

How­ever, in 2004, the sky went to sham­bles. An ar­ti­cle in Gourmet Mag­a­zine re­ported the find­ings of dif­fer­ent re­search cen­ters across Europe and the U.S. It was im­plied that Riedel’s claims were non sci­en­tif­i­cally based.. Ac­cord­ing to Linda Bar­toshuk of Yale Univer­sity, “Your brain doesn’t care where taste is com­ing from in your mouth, and re­searchers have known this for thirty years.” So while all of Riedel’s glasses may be pretty, you cer­tainly are not im­prov­ing your tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence any bet­ter sim­ply be­cause you are us­ing a Pinot Noir glass to drink Pinot Noir, in­stead of your stan­dard wine glass.

So the con­clu­sion? Save your­self the anx­i­ety and keep your money to buy more wine in­stead.. It’s my be­lief that ev­ery home re­ally just needs two sets of wine glasses: a set of sparkling wine flutes and a set of all-pur­pose glasses that are great for both red and white.These are the true uni­ver­sal wine glasses.

No mat­ter the glass you choose to buy, the ones that are best are ones that have stems.A wine glass with a stem is ideal for tast­ing and serv­ing wine more for­mally.This is be­cause the stem pro­tects your hand from the bulb of the glass, which would warm the wine. It also makes it much eas­ier to swirl the wine when you ini­tially taste it, and more fun to clink the glass for a cheers!

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