Stemmed versus stemless. Decorative or clear. Flutes or bowls. And you thought wine pairing was only about foods. Turns out pairing begins with first choosing the right glass. Here are the top 5 rules to live by.
Rule #1: Stems Really Matter
Who didn't squeal with delight when Riedel, the longtime manufacturer of top wine glasses, designed stemless, lead-free ones for the masses. Aesthetically pleasing, seemingly more modern than your mother's etched wine glassware, their sleek simplicity was all the rage.
But according to wine experts nationwide, those rimless glasses are wrecking your wine experience. "When you hold a wine glass by the bowl, you automatically change the temperature of the wine due to your own body heat," says Carol Gropshover, a New York City-based Sommelier. "It's more damaging to white wine because whites are served chilled and you'll warm the wine and alter its taste," continues Gropshover.
So what's a girl to do? Select stemless glasses for red wines, which are served at room temperature; stick to stemmed glasses for white. If you want to break the rules, then use your stemless variety in less formal settings. When choosing stemmed glasses, pick ones that are long enough for a firm grip. Always hold stemmed glasses by the stem, never by the bowl. Who wants fingerprints and ruined wine?