Updated: June 8, 2015
Red Wine Glass Reviews:When you drink wine do you think about the glass it's served in? Most of us don't, however, the wine glass can ultimately make the wine taste better. Have you ever noticed that when you go wine tasting they don't serve you wine in a water glass or pint glass. The reason being is because the shape of the glass has a lot to do with how you perceive the actual taste of the wine. Red wine glasses are designed to capture the aromas of the wine and the lip of the glass should let the wine settle on the sides and back of your tongue for the best tasting experience. Many people I know drink white or red wines from the same glass type and this is a bit "no no" in the wine world. Many experts will agree that the younger the wine, the less need for an appropriate red wine glass, but as the wine ages it requires more care when you actually go to drink it. Down below you will find a buying guide for red wine glasses and some pointers as to which brands rank the highest.
Choosing Red Wine Glasses - As a young couple, my wife and I didn't have the money or the knowledge that our wine glasses were not up to par for red wine drinkers. We had never really drank much wine and so to us, the wine glasses we owned were adequate. Then we started doing some wine tasting in Oregon and saw all these different glasses on the serving counter. When we inquired as to why there are so many glassware types for wines, we then got the lowdown on what makes the flavors and aromas of a good wine come to life. It's not just when it gets into your mouth. It's how it has a chance to breath in the glass before you even take a sip. It's also you the wine is delivered of the lip of the glass into your mouth that gives you the best tasting. Since our first experience at the wineries we now see many restaurants with specific wine glasses for particular types of wines. The red wines tend to include Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, and Shiraz. Red wine glasses tend to have larger bowls than white wines, this is so the wine can "breath" and air out since many reds are cellared for years before drinking. You will also notice that red wine glassware is offered in stemless (whereas white wine glasses don't). We had wine goblet shaped glasses (which we have since gotten rid of) for our red wines and have noticed a difference since we bought new wine glassware. Which brands are the best - There is no doubt that Riedel is the most respected name in red wine stemware, but other names like Libbey, Spiegelau, Bormioli Rocco, and Mikasa are also popular. The price difference between Riedel and Libbey can be quite large - $15 versus $60 in some cases. I look at it like this - you are probably going to own a good set of wine glasses for decades, so why not splurge a bit and get the best. Red wine glass reviews - A good idea is to read and listen to what others have to say about wine glasses. There are dozens of websites that have owner reviews, but we feel that Amazon.com offers the best comparisons and consumer feedback. You can browse the best selling red wine glasses online here.