Many factors influence your perception and enjoyment of a wine. Temperature, the food served with the wine, the company, but most important of all is the glass you chose to serve the wine in.
The shape of a wineglass not only determines the aromas you experience when enjoying the "nose" of the wine, but the very shape of the edge/lip of the glass determines where on your tongue the wine lands, and also how fast it enters your mouth.
Some glasses enhances the fruity aromas of a wine, some the mineral notes and some the beautiful mellow notes from a prolonged ageing.
We like to think of the wine glass as the loudspeaker or even the magnifying glass for our wines. The vehicle that let's our wines show themselves from their most beautiful side ensuring that you as member enjoy them in their optimal state.
We always say that we produce wine with a purpose. So for examples for our magnificent rosé from 2021 we want it to show all its fresh, fruity yummy berry notes and thus, have selected a specific glass for it that let's it express just exactly that. The very same glass also ensures that the wine lands exactly on that sweet spot on your tongue where the wine appears in perfect balance in terms of acidity, body and alcohol.
This image clarifies that quite well! Imagine a glass with a wide rim... It will encourage you to open your mouth more and thus let the wine land on the middle of your tongue and all across it. Whereas a slimmer glass will make you pout your lips and make the wine land on the tip/front of your tongue.
There are countless styles and shapes (and qualities!) of wine glasses out there and when choosing we like to recommend that you think about the glass as a "loudspeaker" for your wine. That the wine glass primary purpose is to make the wine show in all it's beauty. So forget glasses with embellishments and funky shapes. Stick to a clean, simple and elegant glass in a shape that brings out the very best in your wine!
Too "funky" glasses are a bit like too much make-up on an already beautiful woman! They disturb the natural beauty of things ;-)
Our favourite wine glasses are the Veritas series from Riedel!
Here links to the individual glasses from the Veritas series that we use for our wines:
Riedel Veritas Riesling / Zinfandel Glass
Riedel Veritas Viognier / Chardonnay Glass
Riedel Veritas Oaked Chardonnay Glass
Riedel Veritas Old World Syrah Glass
Riedel Veritas New World Pinot Noir Glass
Riedel Veritas Cabernet / Merlot Glass