The Finer Points of Stemware: Choosing the Right Glass for Your Wine

Whether you're an experienced sommelier or enjoy a casual sip, selecting the appropriate glass can significantly elevate your tasting journey. Need help determining which wine glass best suits your favorite varietal? Don't worry - continue reading our detailed wine glass guide to uncover the key factors to consider when choosing.

At the outset, wine glasses come in two distinct varieties: stemmed and stemless.

Stemmed wine glasses comprise three essential components:

  • Base – Also known as the foot, this element ensures the glass stands securely.
  • Stem – Crucial for gripping, it connects the base with the bowl.
  • Bowl – The pivotal part where the wine resides. To optimize the wine's aeration, filling the glass - be it for reds, whites, rosés, or any blend—to the bowl's widest point is advisable. This maximizes air exposure, allowing aromas to collect in the space above the wine, reaching your olfactory senses when you swirl the wine in the glass.

Conversely, stemless glasses lack a distinct base or stem and typically feature a bowl with a flat bottom for stability.

Cabernet Glasses

The classic red wine glass is tailored for traditional red wine varieties like Cabernets and Bordeaux, known for their higher alcohol and tannin content. Featuring a larger bowl and taller stature, this glass design creates a greater space between the wine and the imbiber.

Bormioli Rocco InAlto Tre Sensi 22 oz. Extra Large Wine Glasses

InAlto Tre Sensi 22 oz


Pinot Noir Glasses

Featuring a large bowl, this Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo glass releases the wine's subtle and delicate aromas by exposing a significant surface area to oxygen. This unique shape also helps to trap aromas within the glass.

Bormioli Rocco Premium 22.75 oz. No.4 Nebbiolo Red Wine Glasses

Premium 22.75 oz. No.4


Zinfandel Glasses

The bowl shape of this particular glass directs the wine flow to the center of the tongue, accentuating the nuances of lightly spiced berry notes. Crafted to showcase the finest attributes of medium-bodied red wines such as Zinfandels, this glass expertly harmonizes fruity acidity with subtle sweetness.

Bormioli Rocco Electra 18.25 oz. Large Red Wine Glasses

Electra 18.25 oz


Sauvignon Blanc Glasses
Opt for a glass with a narrow bowl for Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and other white wines. Unlike their red counterparts, white wines are sensitive to excessive oxidation, which can dull their vibrant flavor profiles. The slim bowl of white wine glasses, paired with a narrow opening, aids in maintaining the wine's cool temperature. By directing the wine to the center of the tongue, these glasses emphasize delicate flavors while mitigating any acidic tang.

Bormioli Rocco Premium 13 oz. No.2 Sauvignon Red Wine Glasses

Premium 13 oz


Chardonnay Glasses

Chardonnay glasses feature a large bowl designed to balance out oaky nuances. The expanded surface area exposed to air also allows the wine to unfold, revealing its full flavors. The broad aperture of these glasses ensures an even distribution of the wine across the palate, bringing forth intricate layers of taste.

Bormioli Rocco Planeo 12.75 oz. White Wine Glasses

Planeo 12.75 oz


Champagne Flutes

The effervescence of bubbles is integral to the allure of sparkling wine. To preserve the delightful fizziness, it's recommended to enjoy bubbly wines like Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava in a glass with a slender bowl and a narrow mouth, such as a champagne flute.

Bormioli Rocco Riserva 7 oz. Champagne or Sparkling Wine Flute

Riserva 7 oz


Coupe Glasses

Characterized by their wide, shallow bowl and elongated stem, coupe glasses, also known as champagne coupes, offer versatility beyond champagne, extending to cocktails like martinis or Manhattans.

Bormioli Rocco Bartender 8.5 oz. Novecento Cocktail Coupe

Bartender 8.5 oz. Novecento


Each type of wine glass is carefully crafted to bring out the unique qualities of different wines. Why not host a wine tasting and discover the difference firsthand?