A traditional glass is used to drink and taste a variety of different wine. A wine glass is recognised for its shape and form, including: the bowl, stem and foot. The glass shape is a major factor which influences taste, aroma and the enjoyment of wines. The size of the glass differs depending on the type of wine and the glassware manufacturer.
Stemless glasses have definitely changed the wine industry, with many experts and critics endlessly arguing about the benefits of traditional glasses vs. stemless glasses. It is only recently that stemless glasses have become increasingly popular and are frequently found in hotels, bars, restaurants and other commercial locations.
Stemless glasses are the younger brother/sister to the traditional wine glass. The stemless glass fits perfectly and comfortably in the palm of your hand. The glass is designed to hold both red and white wines alike, but it is argued that red wines benefit from the warmth of a person’s hand around the glass. The stemless glasses are often designed specifically depending on the grape variety (red/white), for example stemless glasses for the Syrah/Shiraz grape variety. In 2004 the Riedel O Range was the first grape specific stemless glasses to be made available.
Stemless glasses are slightly similar in shape and size to whisky glasses and are easy to hold, offering a stable, solid grip. Stemless glasses differ in size, height and shape from brand to brand, but overall provide a unique and innovative way of serving red or white wines and even champagne.
There are many advantages and disadvantages when using stemless glasses. Wineware have compiled a list of pros and cons, intended to help you decide whether to use stemless glasses.
Stemless glasses may not be the first, most obvious choice of glassware for wine, but are certainly being used more widely and attracting more attention. Read our stemmed vs. stemless wine glasses debate.
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