Wine glasses are the star of any kitchen or restaurant’s dining sets. What food lover doesn’t love sipping from a delicate, shiny glass that has the power to instantly class them up? Many restaurants splurge on a good wine glass cleaner just to ensure their glasses always reflect to their customers the quality of their establishment.
However, not all wine glasses are the same. Some of them can look very different from one another and serve different purposes. To be a true wine connoisseur, it is crucial to know the different types of wine glasses.
Here are some of the many types of wine glasses:
Red Wine Glass
The quintessential example when one thinks of wine glasses, red wine glasses are ubiquitous in restaurants, but their uniqueness is often undervalued. Red wine should only be enjoyed with glasses that have rounder, wider bowls, as this helps increase the rate of oxidation. Without this process, the red wine’s subtle aromas and flavours would not come out. This category is actually rather broad, with many different types of wine glasses falling under it such as the Bordeaux glass and Burgundy glass, which have slightly different bowl shapes from one another, directing the wine to different places of the mouth depending on whether the wine is more full-bodied (back of the mouth) or delicate (tip of the tongue).
White Wine Glass
There is enormous variety in white wine glasses, from the slender champagne flute to the wide, shallow glasses used to drink Chardonnay. These differences are necessary is order to accommodate the unique characteristic of each type of wine. Many white wine glasses have a smaller mouth and surface area, as such reducing the rate of oxidization and preserving a crisper, cleaner flavour. Champagne flutes take this to the next level by being by far the narrowest type of glass, designed to retain the carbonation as much as possible.
Sherry glasses also typically have narrower tapers, which is meant to help enhance aromas. As such, sherry glasses are best suited for serving aromatic alcoholic beverages such as sherry, port, aperitifs, and liqueurs. A good wine glass cleaner should have little issue accommodating the smaller bowls of such glasses.
By far the most unique, the boccalino sticks out like a sore thumb among its counterparts. This is not a bad thing, however, as the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into making boccalinos should be appreciated in full. Originating in Switzerland, they look more like mugs or pitchers and are made from ceramic. They are decorated intricately with carvings or paint, and can hold up to 200 ml of liquid.
It is a given that any wine glass collection needs a good wine glass cleaner to always ensure that they are cleaned and polished to perfection. Campus Products’ Stemshine polishing machine is the best wine glass cleaner on the market, with automated cleaning and drying processes. Another good product to have in your kitchen is the Hypotherm glass froster, which works incredibly well alongside the Stemshine wine glass cleaner. Our Hypotherm machines are fully portable and easy to install, converting any room temperature glass into a frosted one within seconds.