November 26, 2013
Are You Drinking Your Wine Wrong?
All wines have different personalities, depending on the grape and region of origin, which means selecting the proper glass for your bottle du jour has a major impact on how well those unique characteristics come through on your taste buds. An excellent wine can go unappreciated if served in improper glasses and in the same vein, the taste of a less expensive option can be elevated when enjoyed in its proper goblet. If explaining different varietals, pairings, and tasting techniques makes you nervous, at least you can impress your guests by assuring them they are imbibing their vino in the proper stemware. With help from Caroline Styne owner and wine director of Los Angeles favorites, Tavern, AOC Wine Bar, and Lucques, we highlight the variety of glasses you need to properly enjoy the most popular wines served this season. Bottoms up!
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|"Pinot is a very turkey-friendly variety, as its high-toned fruit notes pair really well with the brightness in the meat," Styne says. "The ideal glass for pinot is a Burgundy glass that has a really wide bowl with narrower opening at the top. This glass helps emphasize the acid and brightness in the wine and directs the wine to the appropriate spot on the palate to experience it." Hand-Blown Burgundy Glass, $63, Ahalife|
|If you're more of a white drinker than red, Styne suggests a chardonnay as "the wine has a softness and mineral character that highlights the lean flavor of the bird." Best enjoyed in a glass with a wide bowl, similar to a Burgundy but with a wider opening to "allow the aromatics in the wine to develop and the flavors in the wine to open up." In a pinch, a "Burgundy glass is a good substitute." Vineyard 15oz. Chardonnay Wine Glass, $15, Crate & Barrel|
|"Many people love to drink a dark, rich cabernet with Thanksgiving dinner, as it works really well with the heartiness of all of the different components of the meal" Styne says. "For cabernet, I always use a Bordeaux glass whose shape has a wide bowl and wide opening. This glass is wide open enough to allow the aromas and flavors to gain oxygen and develop, while the straight sides keep the acids and tannins in check." Riedel Vivant Bordeaux Glass, $30, Target|
|A popular choice to pair with your Thanksgiving feast, syrah is Styne's personal pick. "I really like drinking syrah with the Thanksgiving dinner. I find that the dark fruitiness of the wine, coupled with its gamy smokey notes, makes the perfect accompaniment to the savory elements of the dinner," she says. This varietal is also best enjoyed in a Burgundy glass "as the wider bowl allows for the wine's flavors to develop while its narrow sides emphasize the wine's acidity, which can otherwise be lost in its darkness." Riedel Vinum Burgundy Wine Glass, $50, Williams-Sonoma|
|A perennial favorite this festive time of year, Champagne doesn't always have to be enjoyed in a tall flute. If not available, don't worry. As Styne shares, "I like drinking Champagne from a white wine glass one that is on the narrow side. These glasses allow for the wine to open up a bit more than flutes do, while still directing the wine's bubbles onto the perfect spot on the palate." Edge 13 oz. Wine Glass, $13, Crate & Barrel|