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The importance of shape
The design of a cup is thought of according to the style of wine that is going to be drunk, and its aim is for whites and reds to express the best in them.
"It is very important to avoid colored cups or those with reliefs that may interfere in the appreciation of the wine."
A true wine lover recognizes the importance of drinking a red, a white or a sparkling wine in the right cup. This, far from being whim or a purely aesthetical issue, is due to the fact that the shape of the cup helps perceiving the wine better, since its design was thought of considering the distribution of taste buds in the tongue and the way in which wine enters the mouth.
Of course not all cups are equal; there are many kinds and shapes that are more or less appropriate for each style of wine. No doubt, the most important ones to have at home and enjoy the most noble of drinks are the generic red and white wine cups, and the flute cup for sparkling wines. But, if its use is so significant in order to appreciate the tasting, how to know which one to choose? In a cup, the most important thing is the size and the quality of the glass or crystal. The bowl (the upper part) must have a wide mouth and wider still base, a thin thickness that can give the lips the sensation of tasting better, and the rim slightly narrower so it can keep the aromas and the virtues of the wine. The stem, slim and long, besides being in harmony with the design, allows the drinker to hold the cup without passing on body temperature to the content.
In general, red wine cups are bigger and have a more open mouth than white wine ones; mainly due to their aromas and tastes, which tend to be more complex and need more oxygen to be released. The white wine ones, on the contrary, are smaller and have a smaller opening. On their part, the sparkling wine “flute style” cups have a slender bowl that widens at the base, to allow wine to express without losing temperature, and it becomes narrow again at the mouth so that aromas concentrate, carbonic gas does not escape and bubbles look good.
Essential tips about cups and their users
- Thanks to its desing, the generic white wine cup can also be used for rosé wines that do not need to be oxygenated.
- It has become very common lately to use the generic red wine cup to enjoy sweet sparkling wines with ice or very vintage champagnes. Even though some bubbles can be expressed better in this cups, it is important to know that they can lose part of the carbonic gas.
- It is very important to avoid colored cups or those with reliefs that may interfere in the appreciation of the wine.
- For cleaning, the best is to wash them with hot water and detergent. For the most demanding wine lovers, it is recommended to use a clean cloth with alcohol to remove any odors and leave them shiny.
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