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Using the right type of glasses whenever you drink something is not as easy as people may think. Actually, there are so many types out there that can place even a specialist in a difficult situation. No matter what types of drinks you enjoy most, you have to learn more about the existent options you have when it comes to glasses. Even though it might sound silly at first, the small differences between one type of glass and another can represent the criterion that tells something important about you, your manners and – therefore – your education. See below the most popular types of glasses and what they are used for:

Champagne glasses

There are some things you should know about before starting to list the types of champagne glasses available: the rim, the bowl, the base of bowl and the material. Starting with the rim, when referring to champagne it should be large enough in diameter to feel the aroma. The wider the bowl, the more aromas the glass will collect. Yet, a pointy base will develop a single stream of fine bubbles, compared to one that will develop a lot of bubbles, which people usually do not like. For the material, you should know that crystal is lighter and more delicate. Plus, there are more drinks to serve in a champagne glass than you may believe.

Now for the types of champagne glasses:

  • Flute

This is the perfect type for preserving bubbles. When you are drinking brut or extra brut sparkling wine, you will want to preserve the bubbles, so go straight for the flute type of glass.

  • Tulip

Have you ever consumed a champagne with floral flavour? If yes, then the perfect glass for it is the tulip one. It is amazing for prosecco, because of its wider bowl shape, holding in all the aromatics.

  • Wide tulip

Works best with older wines and fine champagnes. Plus, the style is very unique and gives the drinker a sort of elegance while holding it.  

  • Coupe glass

The same goes for the coupe glass, which is mostly used for design purposes. It was popular during the 50s and it works best on vintage themed parties.

Wine glasses

There are two main types of wine glasses you should know about. Red and white wine are served in different kinds of glasses. For red wine, glasses tend to be a little larger, to have a shorter stem and a regular foot. Yet, in the case of white wine, the glass is narrower, has a longer stem and a regular foot. What’s interesting about wine glasses is that you will probably find one type for each wine you are going to drink. From cabernet merlot to pinot noir, there is a certain glass that accentuates the flavour to the maximum. You will find a very special type of wine glass for rose.

On the other hand, for white wine you are going to choose your glass depending on the flavour: light and sweet or dry and rich. When drinking Montrachet, the stem will be longer than usual, while for chardonnay you’ll observe the larger bowl.