I don’t know if you have realized it, but we are slowly getting into the…holiday mood. Our mind has already started traveling to the Christmas menu and we are already looking at the calendar to see when we’ll take out our ornaments from the warehouse. Therefore, I consider that this is the proper time period to talk about the particular issue. Which is that? The correct wine serving, which will accompany us – before, during, and after the holidays! As you understand, we will talk about glasses. But, before we do that, let’s take a look at three more points that are worth mentioning:
- Temperature: Almost every winemaker makes sure to inform the consumer regarding the temperature at which he should enjoy each wine. This is written onto the wine bottle's label. Usually, the dry white wines and the rosé wines are served cool (around 10οC). The same applies to sweet white and sparkling wines which, in fact, can be enjoyed even cooler (6-8οC). Red wines, on the other hand, are served at room temperature, unless they have a lighter, fruitier taste that allows us to serve them a bit cooler. Attention: The freezer is FORBIDDEN, and ice cubes as well.
- Decanting and… aerating: I assume that, at some point, you might have heard that wine should…be aerated before we enjoy it. This is usually true for aged wines which we can open and decant for about 20΄ so that they can open up their aromas and flavors before we enjoy them.
- Filling the wine glass: Get the bottle close to the rim of the glass and serve your wine. As soon as the 1/3 of the glass is filled, move on to the next one.
And now, let’s move on to the glasses…
The proper glass can highlight our wine even more. It can help in opening up the wine’s aromas, transferring the harmony of its ingredients to us, and prolonging the aftertaste. Moreover, it contributes to our table’s decoration (it’s a fact that a set of tall glasses can, automatically, add another -more formal- dimension to your table). Moreover, say “yes” to transparent wine glasses, choose crystal ones (if not, crystalline or thin glass) and… make sure it –necessarily– has a…foot! Yes, a glass should have a stem in order to be called “a proper wine glass”. Our next concern? The shape! The truth is that there are countless kinds and designs of glasses in the market (balloon, small and large…tulips, delicate flutes) and –obviously– it is pretty difficult to buy them all. Two basic types of wine glasses, one for white and one for red wine, are what we firstly need; however, we can talk about some of the above in order to have a more complete point of view.
- White wine glass: We can find it not only in a regular but also in a bigger size. Its rim is slightly more closed, while it is of average capacity (compared to the red wine glasses). The large white wine glasses can be used for the more aromatic or aged wines (e.g. a Chardonnay), while the smaller ones for the majority of white wines (Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Pinot Grigio, etc.), while they are appropriate for rosé wines as well.
- Red wine glass: It is shaped similarly to the white wine glass, but this is a bit bigger and with a …rounder bowl. It has a more open rim compared to the white wine glass, a fact that allows our red wines to breathe (since they are more exposed to oxygen). There are also two basic sizes (large and small). The large one is ideal for wines with more complex aromas (usually aged wines). The smaller one is for…fruitier and “younger” wines.
- Flute wine glass: It is a pretty tall and thin glass which – thanks to the particular shape that it has – contributes to preserving the bubbles of a sparkling wine for longer. A champagne or a prosecco could be easily served in it.
And now that we learned how we should serve our wine, we can get back to the important issue of…the menu. Luckily, we still have a lot of time to search for it, make our decision, and supply our kitchen with the essentials. Of course, I will come back with several suggestions which – I promise – will amaze you!
Stay tuned! The best is yet to come ;-)