Choose for the Occasion

Ultimately, the choice of glass might have less to do with the wine than the setting and the company. A small bistro glass is a friendly way to share a bottle with friends around the picnic table in your yard, when bringing out your Saint Louis might be too much like showing up to a barbecue in a tuxedo. However, if you want the reflections of flickering candles and the gently wafting aromas of a good Oregon pinot to be part of the moment’s memory, delicate stemware will encourage a slow, luxurious evening—just like you planned.

Anatomy of a Wine Glass

There are several physical characteristics of a glass that bring out the flavor and aroma of a wine. Look for a wider bowl, a narrow lip and quality, thin glass. Here are a few things to remember when shopping.