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Performance Stemware

Choosing The Right Glass

With an array of  performance crystal available to you it is a great exercise to systematically taste four wines in glasses that were crafted with specific varietal characteristics in mind. Terroir influences what is in your glass, now let’s explore how the glass impacts your perception of taste.

Young & Crisp White

  • young white glassThe main characteristic of this glass is the shape of the opening which is larger than the rest of the “bell” of the glass
  • The shape directs the liquid to both the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth where One perceives sweetness and acidity respectively
  • The shape of the glass allows the concentration of aromas towards the nose accentuating the perception of delicate and fruit aromas

Burgundian Pinot

  • BurgundyThese lead-free crystal glasses are great for red wines such as Pinot Noir, Barbaresco, and Red Burgundy
  • Full-bodied reds (high alcohol) with fewer tannins do well in round bottom glasses which allows the bouquet and flavour to develop
  • White Burgundian varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Grigio are allowed to show off their fruity opulence

Bordeaux Red

  • bordeaux glassA great companion to classic Cabernets from across the globe
  • Full bodied red wines are best served in a large glass to allow their  intensity, body and character to unfold
  • A large surface area is integral as it allows the diverse aromas and notes to develop


Dessert Wine

  • Dessert GlassThis small glass with a wide body and narrow opening is designed to enhance both the development of aromas and the concentration to the nose
  • The small size of the glass invites reduced sized servings (1-2 oz)
  • The straight opening is designed to have the wine directed toward the back of the mouth in order to not overwhelm the palate with intensely overwhelming sweetness.

“A Wine Glass is the mediator between wine and it’s consumption. Good stemware is never trivial an appropriately shaped glass ensures maximum enjoyment for the drinker, allowing the wine to develop perfectly without the essence being lost.”

- Johann Willsberger