"Life is too short to drink bad wine" - Even Johann Wolfgang von Goethe recognised the high enjoyment potential of the juice of the vine. Drinking a glass of red wine with friends or family in the evening is almost part of good social manners. However, in order to be able to enjoy the wine, it must not only suit your taste, you must also be able to taste it unadulterated.
This is where the right red wine glass comes into play. Only those who use the right wine glass among many will get the maximum taste out of their red wine. For this purpose, we have created this red wine glass test 2021 for you. It is intended to provide an overview of the most important facts, products, criteria and questions on the topic of red wine glasses and thus make your purchase decision easier.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Red Wine Glass in the United Kingdom: Our Choices
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for red wine glasses
- 5 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a red wine glass
- 5.1 How can I recognise a red wine glass?
- 5.2 What materials are available for buying a red wine glass?
- 5.3 What shapes are red wine glasses available in?
- 5.4 What types of red wine glasses are there?
- 5.5 What is the capacity of red wine glasses?
- 5.6 What are the most popular brands of red wine glasses?
- 5.7 How much do red wine glasses cost?
- 5.8 How do you clean red wine glasses?
- 5.9 What is the difference between white wine and red wine glasses?
- 5.10 Where is the red wine glass placed on a set table?
- 5.11 Can red wine glasses be engraved or printed?
- 5.12 How can red wine stains be removed?
- There is a suitably shaped wine glass for each grape variety that perfectly brings out or supports the characteristics of the wine. For red wine, there is a rough division into Burgundy glasses for fruity wines and Bordeaux glasses for strong wines. Both are available in various different shapes.
- If you choose wisely, it is enough for a layman to own a few wine glasses and use them to serve wine well and tastefully. If you want to use as few glasses as possible, it is worth buying red wine glasses. White wines can also be drunk from these, but red wines do not taste good in white wine glasses.
- Red wine glasses differ particularly in terms of material, style, shape, price range, type of manufacture, capacity and brand. The purchase decision is facilitated by one's own taste and preferred types of wine.
The Best Red Wine Glass in the United Kingdom: Our Choices
Buying and evaluation criteria for red wine glasses
If you want to buy a red wine glass, there are several criteria you should look out for. The criteria include:
In the following paragraphs, we will show you what is important in each of the buying criteria.
If you decide on the shape or include it in the purchase decision, it should first of all match the chosen wine. It is of little use if you buy a red wine glass that is suitable for a strong wine, but you only drink fruity red wines.
Especially with red wine, you should make sure that it can develop its aromas well.
Of course, you should also like the shape. However, due to the large number of suppliers, it is highly likely that you will find your favourite among the red wine glasses that are compatible with your grape variety.
There are basically four types of material: Crystal glass, lead crystal glass, conventional glass & plastic or stainless steel. The first three types are common for household use. Here it depends on how much value you place on high quality, which is characterised by shine, sound & material processing, and price. The latter material is more suitable for outdoor use, as it is break-proof and dishwasher safe.
In terms of design and style, there are endless possibilities: dyed in all colours, with a gold rim, engraved, printed, antique, modern, elegant, classic, high-quality, vintage, retro, with knobs, with a short handle, without a handle, etc.
There are no limits to your imagination here; you can also design many glasses yourself. However, if you are concerned about the pure taste of the wine, you should choose as few design accessories as possible and instead opt for a simple, modern and high-quality red wine glass.
More expensive red wine glasses are often brand-name products, while cheaper ones can be bought at discount stores. Here it is mainly a question of whether you want to buy one or more particular brands and how high quality your wine glasses should be. Once you have decided on a brand, it is best to look directly in their online shop for the glasses that are right for you. Or ask in specialist shops for products of your choice.
There are two options for the production of wine glasses:
- Machine production: Glasses from machine production are usually cheaper, which is due to the cheaper and faster production process. You can recognise them by the seam on the stem. In some cases, however, there are also machine-made stems in combination with mouth-blown goblets.
- Mouth-blown: Mouth-blown red wine glasses are of course something very noble and special. Also because of the usually high price, one therefore considers the purchase of such a set carefully. But you will be rewarded with high quality, because the thin glass walls lead to an improved drinking experience and in turn have an effect on the quality of the wine. The stems have no seams. However, the glasses break more easily here and should always be cleaned carefully and by hand.
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a red wine glass
How can I recognise a red wine glass?
Generally, most red wine glasses have long stems. This is to prevent the drinker from touching the glass too far up or directly on the goblet and altering the taste of the wine due to the heat of the hand. What is special about red wine glasses are their goblets. They are usually very bulbous, round or broadly angular towards the base of the goblet and have a lot of volume.
The reason for the former is that light red wines need to develop freely in the glass and therefore need a lot of surface area and oxygen supply. The latter brings out the best in heavy red wines.
What materials are available for buying a red wine glass?
|Crystal glass||Crystal glasses are very high quality. The glass is clear, has a fine sound and has a good effect on the taste of the wine. It can also be machined||The glasses are sometimes expensive. You have to clean and polish them manually, they are also very heavy.|
|Lead crystal glass||Lead crystal glasses are robust and break well. Another advantage is that they shine very intensively||lead crystal glasses are often expensive and heavy.|
|Glass||Conventional glass is relatively cheap and less heavy than crystal glass. It can be machine-cleaned without any problems||however, it has less sound and shine and is not as robust. The wall thickness is also thicker.|
|Plastic||Plastic or plastic is super suitable for outdoor dining or camping. The material is unbreakable and easy to clean in the dishwasher||however, you save considerably on gloss, sound and high quality.|
You can now also buy wine glasses made of stainless steel. This is a rather unusual material, especially because you can't see the wine in it. However, a stainless steel glass can be a good outdoor companion as an alternative to a plastic glass; at least it has the same practical properties.
What shapes are red wine glasses available in?
Therefore, you should not go purely by the style of the glass, but think about what wine you want to drink from it. Red wine glasses can take the following shapes: bulbous, round, square, balloon-shaped, grape-shaped.
What types of red wine glasses are there?
- Burgundy glass
- Bordeaux glass
A third demarcation would be the all-round red wine glass, but since this is not really an official type of glass, but is generally regarded simply as a beginner's glass or universal glass, we will disregard it in this chapter.
There is a varietal-specific glass for almost every wine. Over the course of time, glasses have been modified and developed in such a way that their function is adapted to the characteristics of the wine.
However, it is not necessary to have a specific glass for each type of wine. A good and sensible collection for amateurs or wine connoisseurs includes approx. 2-3 different red wine and white wine glasses and 1 glass for champagne or sparkling wine.
Burgundy red wine glass
Burgundy glasses are usually very broad-bellied, as they are intended to enhance the characteristics of rather fruity, less heavy red wines. The larger surface area allows the wine to breathe and develop even better. These include wine varieties such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir, Dornfelder or St. Laurent.
However, you should not serve all white wines in a Burgundy glass. Rather strong white wines or those aged in wooden barrels feel comfortable in this glass.
Bordeaux red wine glass
These glasses are particularly suitable for heavy, strong red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc or matured Bordeaux. They offer a medium to large volume with a long, narrow chimney. This volume supports and carries the natural characteristics of the wine.
What is the capacity of red wine glasses?
As a general rule, less is more. This way, none of the guests will feel invited to drink and the wine has enough room to develop. You can always top it up more often.
However, the larger the glass, the more lost the wine can seem in it. Therefore, you should develop a little dexterity here and estimate the amount based on the characteristics of the wine and the glass.
What are the most popular brands of red wine glasses?
- Schott Zwiesel
- Spiegelau & Nachtmann
- Villeroy Boch
- and many more
How much do red wine glasses cost?
However, such red wine glasses are often intended for the gastronomy sector, which you can easily see in the description. Here, there is often a minimum purchase of glasses. Otherwise, the price range goes up to 200-300€ for sets of 2, 4 or 6.
How do you clean red wine glasses?
If you are unsure, it is always helpful to look at reviews - i.e. experiences - of buyers of these glasses beforehand. If you want to be on the safe side and enjoy your red wine glasses for a long time, it is best to clean them yourself by hand. Hand-blown glasses should always be cleaned by hand, as the material is very thin and therefore fragile.
What is the difference between white wine and red wine glasses?
|Feature||White wine glass||Red wine glass|
|Stem||Longer stem than for red wine glass||Mostly long stem|
|Size||Smaller than red wine glass||Larger than white wine glass|
|Goblet||Narrower, little bulbous, little wide, shorter chimney||Bellied, large volume, often long chimney|
In general, there are greater differences between red wine glasses than white wine glasses. This is due to the often varying flavour strength of red wine. If you don't want to buy too many wine glasses, it makes more sense to use red wine glasses rather than white wine glasses. White wine is better drunk in red wine glasses than the other way round without losing its flavour.
Where is the red wine glass placed on a set table?
- Triangular formation
The white wine glass always functions as the centre point, since you use it during the main course. It forms the top of the lateral pyramid. The other two glasses follow in a triangular shape, the red wine glass at the top right and the water glass at the bottom right.
- Linear formation
Here too, the white wine glass forms the centre of the diagonal row. Above left is the red wine glass, below right is the water glass.
Can red wine glasses be engraved or printed?
Personalised glasses are also a real eye-catcher for private use.
Many glasses can be ordered already printed or engraved, one of the most popular portals for this is etsy.com. With a quick Google search, you can also find a number of photo, print and engraving shops from which you can choose according to your preferences. If you've already found the perfect glass, check out your local homeware shop.
How can red wine stains be removed?
- Soak up: Dab up the remaining liquid with a cloth
- Prepare: Drizzle some lemon juice/white wine on the affected area
- Leave to soak in: Cover it completely with salt and wait for the salt to absorb the red wine
- Wash: Wash the textile normally
This method works in principle for all textiles, for example clothes or tablecloths. However, keep in mind that the salt can also pull colour out of the material. Sofas can also be cleaned this way, just leave out the lemon and brush out the stain afterwards.
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