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What better way to celebrate our birthday month and the start of a new season than with the tinkling of elegant glasses.
Ask those who know, here at Jenna Clifford, we definitely are a bunch of self-certified wine connoisseurs, swirling, swishing and sniffing the plum and tobacco of a smooth Merlot and commenting on the punchy acidity of a Pinot Grigio.
However, It wasn't until we decided to launch our very own wine glasses (yes, they are for sale right here!) that we learnt how the shape of a wine glass can affect the aromas and taste of the wine itself.
Each aspect of a wine glass was made with much forethought to specifically enhance certain characteristics of the wine. Here's what we've learnt:
The base is often thought to be the most insignificant part of the wine glass when in actual fact it is one of the most important! The base keeps the wine glass balanced so the glass doesn’t topple over. We don’t cry over spilt milk, but spilt wine…
The base flows into the stem of the glass which we found serves two purposes: Firstly, it is a place to hold the glass without touching the bowl. When we touch the bowl of the glass we start to heat up the wine inside, causing its contents to rise in temperature and possibly change the characteristics of the wine. The second reason is it keeps our hands far away from the brim of the glass. Fragranced lotions and perfumes on our wrists and hands can mix with the aromas of the wine and alter the way we taste and perceive it. Some wine-fundies will go as far as to hold the base when tasting to avoid this issue.
The bowl of the glass is where the wine settles and a proper wine glass should have a wider bowl than the rim to avoid any spillage whilst swirling. Swirling actually serves an important purpose and is not merely to give the impression that we know what we're doing. It releases the aroma compounds and creates a vortex in the centre of the glass towards which these aroma compounds are drawn. This then allows you to sniff a concentrated amount of these aromas and enjoy the full nose of the wine. So logically, the larger the bowl, the more surface area the wine can cover and thus the greater amount of aroma compounds can be released. Keep in mind though that a wine glass shouldn’t be filled to more than one-third of the height. Rather top up more often ;)
The rim is where we finally get to taste the wine! It is said that the thinner the rim, the more seamless the transition of the wine and the taster can focus on the mouthfeel and characteristics of the wine rather the feel of the glass.
These days, not only do we have different glasses for red or white wine, but we have different types of red wine glasses and different types of white wine glasses to suit the specific cultivar! But as per us, the dedicated wine enthusiasts at JC with limited storage space, an exception can be made. We have produced a beautifully elegant wine glass, perfectly suitable for quaffing the widest range of wines, and if you only own this one it will do :) Browse the latest addition to Jenna Clifford - In Your Home.
Happy #WineWednesday everyone and happy birthday to us!