Taking the right wine for each occasion, uncork the bottle and smell the first aroma that comes to you, decant it and appreciate its notes on the nose. Enjoying a glass of wine involves a ritual that stimulates the five senses.
Without a doubt, many factors influence the appreciation of wine. The size, shape, thickness or material of the glass are concepts that we must take into account when drinking wine and savouring it, and it is a glass that can change the aroma of the wine. Above all, we must bear in mind that the most crucial part is the chalice or heart of the glass, which is where the wine is present and where its properties are concentrated.
From Cartema, Wineries offer some simple tricks or steps to taste the wine in optimal conditions.
IN THE CASE OF THE RED, A LARGE VOLUME CUP IS BETTER; FOR THE WHITE, SMALLER AND SLIDER
Cup size Depending on the type of wine, one glass or another will be better used. In the case of the red wine, it should be a large volume cup so that it oxygenates well. So you can breathe and air.
For white, instead, the cups are smaller and thinner because they must maintain the temperature. We already know that white served fresher to perceive fruit notes better.
If the cup, regardless of size, is somewhat more closed at the top of it, the aromas are better appreciated since they are volatile substances, and this shape in the cup prevents them from being lost quickly, clarifies Daniel Orusco, winemaker at Cartema Wineries.
IT RECOMMENDED THAT FOR THE WINE TO BE IN CONDITION THE GLASS IS MADE OF FINE GLASS, ONE MILLIMETER THICK
Material and thickness. The wine should be in optimal condition is that the wine glass is glass, thin with a thickness of less than a millimetre. Thus it is more pleasant to the touch and the palate. However, depending on the notes you want to enhance, the wine, the glass will have a diameter.
Shape. The bottom of the cup should be wide and rounded and more closed above. In this way, it aerates and releases its properties without quickly volatilizing.
Colour. The glasses must be smooth without drawings, transparent and colourless that appreciate the wine in its entirety like its real tone. There is nothing strange since the visual phase is going to tell us things about the type of wine and the state, especially looking at the edging (outside of the wine) that forms through the glass.
Stem. Another trick of a good sommelier is that the glasses are caught by the stem or base so as not to heat the wine with the hands or to dirty the glass, so ideally, it takes you more time. In this way, no other aromas transmitted.
THE GLASSES MUST BE SMOOTH, WITHOUT DRAWINGS, TRANSPARENT AND COLORLESS TO APPRECIATE THE WINE
Another point to consider is how to clean the cup after use. It should be with warm water and let it drain upside down. Then, store it in a dry place, so it doesn’t catch odours.
And can the shape of the cup affect the taste? Many manufacturing companies ensure that the shape of the glass influences the taste of the wine, but to what extent is this true or is it a mere marketing strategy? A study by a series of scientists from Tokyo says that Bobal wine itself, for example, served in different glasses, will have a different flavour depending on the shape of each of the glasses.