This Is the Best Type of Glass for White Wine

A man holds a stemless wine glass filled with white wine in his hand as it rests on a wooden chair rail.
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If you enjoy a bit of white wine in the evenings, you most likely have a favorite glass. If that fave is stemless, though, you might want to reconsider.

It turns out stemless wine glasses can alter the temperature of your wine and affect the taste.

When you use a stemless wine glass, your hands naturally cup it. Your body heat can then transfer, warming the wine beyond its ideal temperature, which, ultimately, will affect the flavor.  When wine is served or becomes too warm, the taste can lose dimension. Any berry flavors, along with the alcohol taste, will be more emphasized.

For this reason, whenever you’re drinking white wine, it’s best to use glasses with stems. Elizabeth Schneider, certified sommelier, podcast host, and author of Wine for Normal People, advises using tulip-shaped glasses with a tapered top. These give you enough room to swirl the wine and let it aerate, which builds the scent, allowing you to smell it more strongly as you drink.

Stephanie Summerson Hall, founder of Estelle Colored Glass, agrees, adding that glasses should be stemmed but smaller and more “bowled” or wide and rounded, as white wine doesn’t require as much room to breathe as reds.

Ultimately, though, your choice of wine glass is up to you, and there are plenty to choose from. Whether you want to abide by traditional rules or not, as long as your wine-sipping experience is good, that’s all that matters.

[Via Martha Stewart Living]

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