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Do you know the right glass for your wine?

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Ever wondered why champagne is served in a flute and not in a coffee mug? Simply because wine is passion, it represents fine living, etiquette and all the good things in life. As surprising as it sounds the wine, connoisseurs believe that the glass you choose has a tremendous impact on the quality and intensity of aromas. The acquisition of excellent stemware is the first step towards improving your wine experience.

Stemware Basics:

Most common wine glasses are red wine glasses, white wine glasses, and champagne flutes. Then there are Sherry wine glasses too. A new concept of Wine tumblers (without stems) is also gaining popularity.

Red Wine Glasses

Red wine glasses have rounder, wider bowl, so that oxidation takes place rapidly altering the flavor and aroma of the wine.

Bordeaux glass: Appropriate for hearty and full bodied red wines, like Nine Hills Wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz. This glass has a long stem, broad bowland narrower opening. The shape of the bowl concentrates the aromas and flavors while the narrow opening allows the wine to go to the back of the mouth.

 

Burgundy glass: Broader than the Bordeaux glass but has a narrower opening than the body. The apple shaped bowl works well for fine and delicate wines like Pinot Noir that need a huge area in which to gather their aromas. This style of glass directs wine to hit the tip of the tongue.

 

White Wine Glasses

Tulip glass: A tulip shaped glass is characterized by a deep bowl that is narrow at the bottom, broad in the middle and narrow at the opening. The stem of the wine glass is shorter than the average wine glass. The narrow opening preserves the crisp, clean flavor of the white wines as it reduces the rate of aeration.Perfect for Nine Hills Wine’s Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc!!

 

Champagne Flutes

Ideal for Champagne or Sparkling wine, flutes are tall to allow the proper development of bubbles. It has a narrow and tall bowl while the mouth is small to keep the wine sparkling longer in the glass. The long stem allows you to hold the glass without warming the liquid inside. The design of the flute adds to the aesthetic appeal of champagne as it allows the bubbles to travel further due to the narrow opening.

 

Sherry Glasses

Sherry glass is used to drink sherry wines and also port wines.

The stem of a Sherry glass is shorter than other wine glass varieties. The bowl is broad at the bottom, long but tapers into a narrow mouth. The narrow opening is meant to enhance the aroma of the sherry wine.

 

Stem-less Wine Glasses

With time, a new concept of stem-less (without stem) wine glasses has evolved. This modern innovation is often criticized by traditional wine lovers and wine connoisseurs as they believe that these glasses do nothing to enhance the aroma or flavour of the wine. These glasses affect the temperature of the wine as they are nursed in hand. Also these glasses do not have the same visual appeal as the traditional varieties.

Good glasses are important for the wine tasting experience and will ultimately define whether you will like the wine or not. So leave the coffee mug for the coffee and drink your favorite wine in the right glass.

Cheers!

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October 14, 2011 1 comment

Boring header? Where is that catchy headline, the embellishment, which works up images in the minds? Like how we have them for our homes. Cars.Phones (!!). And women would rather be caught dead than be without them!!!

Yup. Accessories!!! They transform the boring, dull to dapper, debonair.

And again, wine is no different – despite being a classy and sophisticated drink, it needs/has its share of ‘add-ons’ to glamorise it further…..you already know about the right glasses, the bottle openers, wine coolers. But have you heard of wine collars (!!), decanters, stoppers, clips? Bet you didn’t…or even if you did, you don’t mind another read….

  • Wine Glasses: Societal suicide, if you serve the reds or whites in wrong glasses. General rule – Glasses with wide, round bowls for red wines, long stem with a tall, narrow bowl for champange, smaller mouth glasses for white wines.

  • Bottle Openers: Of course, for wines that have corks!! There are numerous types of openers, like simple corkscrew, the screwpull lever, wine poppers and the most simple, wine key.

  • Wine Coolers: After all, it is imperative to chill wine. One can use small table-top or a glacette (simple insulated container) to chill one bottle. Restaurants often use larger refrigerator style units that store dozens of bottles at selected temperatures.

  • Wine Decanters:You got it right!! This is a glass vessel where an entire bottle of wine is poured to air it, remove sediments and stylishly pour into glasses. Make sure you use a decanter if you are serving older vintages…..

  • Wine Racks: Those cool looking racks we have seen in restaurants and stylish homes, where the wine bottle is stored lying down. Get one for your bar for the ultimate style statement!!!

  • Wine Stopper:No amount of planning can help with how many bottle you may need for your guests…and there are always leftovers. Fret not. Get a wine stopper to close leftover wine bottles before refrigerating them.  They are available in three versions – cork, rubber and plastic, and may have their tops decorated with precious metals/crystals. Get the one that suits your pocket the best!!!!

  • Wine Collar: Yup!! You read it right….its collars. These fit round the neck of a wine bottle. to absorb any drip that may run down the bottle after pouring. We don’t like stains, do we?

Convinced why we need the accessories?

Now shouldn’t we redo the caption of this feature? Nine Hills Wine – Jazz it up!!!