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Wine Glasses Buying Guide

Wine Glasses Buying Guide

Crystal glasses are one of those spectacular accents added to the dinner table, whose fine beauty and majestic elegance are simply unparalleled. There's nothing quite like that luxurious feeling of drinking rich, perfectly aged burgundy from a stately red wine glass, or a cup of the finest white wine with subtle accents of citrus and honey from that feminine and curvy crystal goblet. Having drink-specific glassware at your dinner table adds an unprecedented air of grace and elegance to all your fine dining experiences.

Think wisely before you make your purchases review the different types of glassware, assess your catering needs, the quantity of each type of glass you will require, how much storage space you have, and how much money you'd like to invest. You'll also want to consider various factors such as the type of meals you tend to cater and what drinks you prefer to serve.

If, for example, you enjoy hosting fancy luncheons, you'll want to invest in a fine set of white wine glasses. If you enjoy hosting celebratory dinner parties, you'll need to purchase a large set of champagne flutes. If your preference is to throw formal dinners parties, you'll want to have red wine glasses, as well as port or sherry glasses. If you generally serve both red and white wine at dinner, you'll require two separate wine glasses. And of course, no matter what the occasion is, you'll also need a set of water goblets.

Below is a list of the various glasses you may wish to consider, and for which drinks they are appropriate:

Water Goblet this is the largest of the glasses, typically holding between 10 and 12 ounces of fluid. The water goblet is the glass you will probably get the most use out of, for no matter what alcoholic drinks your guest may or may not opt for, they will all require water goblets at their place settings. Water goblets can also be used for soda and various soft drinks such as lemonade, iced tea, seltzer, etc. Due to their frequent usage, we recommend that you purchase a couple of extras glasses, to replace the one or two that may chip or break with use.

Champagne Flute the traditional shape of a champagne glass is tall, thin and tapered, with fluid content ranging from 7-11 ounces. The reason for the glass's unique fluted shape is to minimize the amount of surface area the champagne is exposed to, thus slowing the rate at which the bubbles escape your drink. Champagne glasses are not only chic and elegant, they're also extremely multi-functional in use. Whether it's for serving up champagne cocktails, for the improvisational use of serving white wine, or for that celebratory toast over the perfect bottle of fine champagne, these glasses are definitely worth the investment.

Red Wine Glass red wine glasses typically have an oval or egg-shaped bowl that narrows slightly at the top, with capacity ranging between 10 and 14 ounces. The specific shape and large size of the glass gives it enough room for properly swirling the liquid in the glass, and provides an adequate amount of surface area via which the fine elixir can breathe. A good red wine glass will have a fairly long stem for the user to avoid touching the liquid, thus changing its temperature. A long stem will also enable proper drinking of the wine by swishing the drink to the back of palate, where it can be best enjoyed.

White Wine Glass white whine glasses are typically tulip-shaped, with a narrow bottom to maintain the wine's cooler temperature and a sharply tapered top to allow for the concentration of aromas, particularly amongst the finer and more delicate wines. Glasses typically range from 8-12 ounces and are stemmed.

Port Glass this glass is shaped like a smaller version of a red wine glass and holds up to 6.5 ounces of the sweet, pungent drink.

Sherry Glass this glass holds 6 ounces of liquid and can be used for the serving of sherry as well as all other fine liquors. The sherry glass has a slightly more oblong-shaped bowl than the port glass; however, it is fully acceptable to interchange the use of the two different glasses.

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