The Difference Between Red And White Wine Glasses

The Difference Between Red And White Wine Glasses


Red wine glasses and White wine glasses differ in shape and size, driven by the types of wine they are intended to hold. Typically Red wine glasses will be a bit taller and have a larger bowl than White wine glasses. In general Reds are bigger and bolder wines so they require a larger glass to allow all those aromas and flavors to emerge. “But do I need both types?” While you can certainly get by with one set of glasses, if you expect to drink a number of different varietals you may find that the glassware is holding back your experience, particularly if you opt to drink Red wine out of a smaller White wine glass. Does that mean you won’t enjoy your wine? Most definitely not. While the various shapes and sizes can be overwhelming, a proper varietal-glass pairing can make a tremendous difference.

Our Top Selling Red Wine Glasses

Zalto Denk’Art Bordeaux Glass

zalto denkart bordeaux glass

This Bordeaux glass is designed to maximize your experience with heavy, full-bodied wines. It features a broad bowl, giving the aromatic features of your wine space to gather and properly express. The increased height of the Zalto Denk’Art Bordeaux Glass creates distance between the wine and your mouth, allowing any harsh ethanol to gently dissipate. This, in turn, encourages more oxygen to gather, which softens bitter tannins. In addition to Bordeaux wines, this glass can be used with several other styles of wine, including Rioja, Brunello, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, and Zweigelt. For other Bordeaux options, Wine Enthusiast also offers Fusion Air Bordeaux and the Reidel Bordeaux Grand Cru glasses.

ZENOLOGY Pinot Noir Wine Glasses

zenology pinot noir wine glasses

These Pinot Noir glasses are designed to create a full-flavored and aromatic experience when drinking lighter red wines, specifically Pinot Noirs. When used with high-acidity and mild tannin wines, the Zenology Pinot Noir wine glasses truly shine, maximizing both aromatic and palate components of a wine. Similar to Burgundy wine glasses, Pinot Noir glasses feature a wide bowl that allows for maximum aeration. The narrow, tapered opening then directs the wine towards the front of your palate, which heightens fruity and acidic notes often found in Pinot Noirs.

Fusion Air Bordeaux Wine Glasses

fusion air bordeaux wine glass

Our Fusion Air Bordeaux glasses are designed to maximize balance in heavy, full-bodied red wines. These glasses direct wine to the center of the tongue, which creates a notable and distinguished harmony between tannins, fruit notes, and acidity. In addition to the traditional Bordeaux style of wine, we suggest the Fusion Air Bordeaux glasses for Petite Sirahs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs, and even Malbecs.

Our Top Selling White Wine Glasses

Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass

zalto denkart universal glass

This piece of luxury stemware is designed for universal use with any type of wine — red, white, rosé, or even sparkling. The Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass is a much acclaimed and dignified universal glass that is both versatile and carefully designed. We suggest using the Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass with powerful, flavorful wines of any color. The design of the glass encourages a perfect harmony of saucy fruit flavors, mild tannins, and sharp acidic notes. Because of its uniquely shaped bowl, the Denk’Art Universal Glass also allows for optimum aeration and the proper expression of a wine’s aromatic qualities.

ZENOLOGY SOMM Universal Wine Glass

zenology somm universal glass

The Zenology Somm Universal Wine Glass is a modern, cutting edge design that allows you to swirl and taste wine like an expert sommelier. The unique bowl allows aromatics to express themselves, while the glass’s tulip shape encourages proper dispersion of any harsh ethanol qualities. The Zenology Somm Universal Wine Glass uses its modern design to balance and present any type of wine – red, white, rosé, or sparkling – without sacrificing the integrity of the wine itself.

Fusion Infinity Chardonnay Wine Glasses

The Fusion Infinity Chardonnay Wine Glass is a versatile, luxury solution for lighter white wines. The slightly wider opening allows wine to flow from one side of your palate onto the other, giving the wine a proper opportunity to present its delicate characteristics. The Fusion Infinity’s gently sloped bowl also allows for challengingly subtle white wine flavors to collect on the nose. We suggest these glasses for Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Burgundy, White Bordeaux, and Pinot Blanc wines.