There are so many types of glasses out there – ever wondered which is meant to be used for what? Here’s a quick and dirty guide that includes everything you need to know:
All glassware begins with, you guessed it, molten glass. Crystal, is made by adding lead to the molten glass which lends it a unique translucency, clarity, and fine color.
Most stemware sets include 4 basic types:
The Goblet – the good for everything glass with a 12 – 14oz bowl generally used for water, but also can be used for all types for wine.
Red Wine – a 12-16oz glass with a wide-mouthed, rounded bowl that gives the wine plenty of room to breathe. As red wine is served at room temperature, it should be held by the bowl to keep the wine at the appropriate temperature and enhance the aroma.
White Wine – 10-14oz glass that is taller in shape and tapered at the mouth. As white wine is served chilled, it’s best to hold it by the stem to prevent your
hand from warming the wine.
Flute – used for serving champagne, this glass is 6-8oz in size. The flute’s tall shape and small mouth allow the bubbles to move slowly and retain their effervescence.
Unlike Stemware, Barware is used for the hard stuff, like whiskey, bourbon, and vodka. It can be made of crystal or glass.
Double Old Fashioned – or the DOB, is a short and stout 10-12oz. This wide glass is perfect for drinks “on the rocks” and everyday use.
The Highball – is the DOB’s taller, slimmer brother that holds about 12oz, also called a beverage glass. It is commonly used for mixed or iced drinks. Larger versions are called coolers.
So now you know!