Which glass to choose for wine and water?

You are probably wondering which glass is best for red wine, white wine, or even water.

Terry Pomerantz, a true wine amateur, will tell you more. Keep reading!

Which glass to pick for wine?

There is an incredible variety of wine glasses.  Each one is crafted to bring forth the specific characteristics for each type of wine.

Certain glasses are created for Cabernet-Sauvignon, others for Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc. How to know which is which?

Terry Pomerantz helps us make the right choices… without fuss.

“I have a preference for lead-free crystal glasses like those made by Riedel. They are light and thin, and their transparency is very pure, which helps us truly appreciate the variety of colors found in different wines.”

White Wine Glasses

White wines must stay cool as long as possible.  It is important to choose white wine glasses with long stems, so as to keep the wine from warming up too quickly.

On a white wine glass, the bottom part of the bowl must be wide and round. Like a tulip, the bowl should be getting narrower as it reaches the rim.

Recommendations state that a white wine glass should contain around 3 to 5 oz.

White wine glass (left) fairly full and red wine glass (right) half full

Red Wine Glasses

Generally full bodied and rich with tannins, red wines need oxygen to open fully.

A red wine glass should be shaped like a tulip. A tulip shape helps aromas travel easily to the nose.

A burgundy glass, almost shaped like a ball (“ballon” in French), is much rounder and has a wider bowl. This allows for the wine to travel on a larger surface, helping the delicate burgundy aromas to develop more fully, offering more nuances to the taste buds.

The recommended capacity for a red wine glass is 10 oz.

Water Glasses

Terry Pomerantz always serves his guests a nice glass of cool clear water alongside the wine, in order to avoid becoming dehydrated due to the alcohol wine contains.

Etiquette dictates that water should be served in a stemmed glass which is taller than a wine glass. Terry prefers a clear flat bottom glass, like a scotch or mojito glass:

« These glasses are sturdier and more stable than wine glasses and ensure that we will not mistake them as such”. »

Water glass with stem, without stem, well filled

How to Properly Set Glasses on the Table

When using stemmed glasses, etiquette dictates that the water glass should be placed front and center, on the other side of the plate. Taller than the others, the water glass is the starting point from which we place the other glasses in descending order, with white wine glass first, then red.

We know that Terry Pomerantz has a tendency to be more flexible. He asks only for one thing: that we respect children, women, men, God… and wine!

An avid wine lover, Terry Pomerantz shares his love of fine bottles, guided by a responsible approach to the art of living. Discover his advice on food and wine pairing, his favorite bottles, and the ideal choices for each season and occasion. Immerse yourself in his passion and learn to fully appreciate each bottle in good company.