Types of Glassware
Pairing your wine with the right glass can be a tricky task. Each type of wine requires a specific style of glass for proper service, and the type of glass used also helps a wine reach its full flavor potential. Guests will appreciate your attention to detail when you make the right match.
Entertaining tip: Water glasses and wine glasses always go on the right side of your place setting.
Red Wine Glass
Red wines are best served in larger, rounder glasses with wide openings for aroma detection.
Bordeaux Red Wine Glass
The Bordeaux glass is taller than traditional red wine glasses but with a smaller bowl. It is designed specifically for heavier, full-bodied wines like Cabernets and Merlots.
Burgundy Red Wine Glass
Designed for lighter, full-bodied wines like Pinot Noir, the Burgundy glass features a larger bowl to help you taste more delicate flavors.
White Wine Glass
When compared to a red wine glass, a white wine glass bowl is more U-shaped and upright. Its shape and stature allow aromas to be released while maintaining a cooler temperature.
Sparkling Wine Glass / Champagne Flute
A sparkling wine glass, or flute, is much more upright and narrow in comparison to other wine glasses. Its distinct size and shape help to retain carbonation and capture flavor.
All-Purpose Wine Glass
With a bowl shape somewhere between a typical red wine glass and white wine glass, the all-purpose glass is acceptable for use with both types of wine.
Stemless Wine Glass
Available in bowl shapes that accommodate red or white wines, stemless glasses offer a contemporary look that's great for entertaining. They're also comfortable to hold and tip over less easily than traditional wine glasses.
Bar glasses, or barware, refers to glasses without stems, the kind typically used for most cocktails and everyday beverages. Beyond juice glasses and water tumblers, there is an assortment of glasses specific to the drink that it serves.
Available in different shapes and heights, the right beer glass will highlight the best qualities of your favorite beer. Pint glasses and pilsner glasses are among the most popular styles.
Tumblers are versatile, flat-bottomed glasses that are perfect for cocktails, soft drinks and more.
Double Old-Fashioned Glass
Similar to a tumbler and typically 12 to 16 ounces in capacity, this popular cocktail glass is the ideal choice for mixed drinks.
With a versatile shape that easily fits ice cubes, goblets are great for water, iced tea, mixed drinks and more.
This sleek, long-stemmed glass with an inverted cone bowl is mainly used to serve chilled, aromatic cocktails.
A variant of the classic champagne couple, the margarita glass is your go-to for classic blended margaritas. It also can be used to serve guacamole or shrimp cocktails.
This tall tumbler is ideally suited to highball cocktails but is also great for classic refreshers like Long Island iced tea and more.
The shot glass is a must-have for any bar. Its one-ounce design is great for sampling and serving a variety of liquors.
Often made of glass or ceramic, this ½ gallon jug is used to transport draft beer. While most commonly sold at breweries and brewpubs, growlers make a great addition to any home bar.