Some will say wine is good even in a plastic cup, but using the right wine glasses really does affect the way we appreciate wine.
The question that many consumers ask themselves when they first approach the wine world is, “Which set of wine glasses do I choose?” In order not to mix the sacred with the profane, you shouldn’t use paper and plastic cups, or even the usual water glass! Crystal glasses are the most suitable solution (and the best, really!). For this reason, we decided to ask a few questions to RCR Cristalleria Italia, a made-in-Italy company that specializes in the production of wine glasses.
Wine Glasses made in Italy
RCR produces different types of glasses and collaborates with many wineries in the territory, including Dievole. Some essential characteristics required to produce a wine glass capable of enhancing the specific flavors in the wine are: size, shape, thickness, transparency and absence of color and writing.
Dievole has chosen RCR because it’s a local company based in Colle Val D’Elsa, a small village in the heart of Tuscany not far from the Chianti Classico area. The place also has a long history of glassware. In this picturesque village nestled in the hills, glass production began in the first half of the 16 c.
Wine Glasses for every occasion
Most wine glasses are stemware composed by four parts: bowl, stem, foot and border.
The foot should remain invariable and the stem must preferably be thin, while the capacity of the cup varies according to the type of wine. The glass must contain the right amount of wine and be able to enhance its taste and the aromas it releases.
An important thing to note is that the taste of wine also depends on the nature of the glass in which it is served. In fact, Laura Bucci, Communication Manager of RCR, explains that “on the market comes a great variety of highly professional glasses, some of which are designed to enhance the characteristics of certain wines”.
- A glass with a wider bowl and large border is suitable for enhancing the bouquet of red wines, especially when aged. This shape facilitates the swirling movement of the glass, which is necessary to oxygenate the wine and capture all the aromatic nuances.
- A smaller-rimmed glass is preferable for white or rosé wines because it allows for a greater concentration of perfumes, which are conveyed directly to the nose without dispersion.
- Flûtes are used specifically for sparkling wines. High and narrow, they allow for the development of the characteristic bubbles.
There are more than fifteen types of wine glasses, including those for dessert and for grappas. There are at least four types intended for reds and each one differs according to the specific characteristics of the wine, such as the aging and the body.
A versatile wine glasses set
Of course you don’t have to be a sommelier who knows all these nuances to enjoy a good glass of wine. In fact, despite the many choices, it is enough to have two main sets at home: one with a large cup for the more structured reds and whites and another less wide and narrower for whites and rosés. Among the RCR catalogs, Laura Bucci suggests the collections in the LUXION® Eco-crystal glass catalog, which are perfect for wine tasting.
Wine glasses: tableware trends
This year designers and creatives are presenting eccentric and colored water glasses, featuring shades of turquoise, green and amber. But what about the wine glasses themselves? There’s a lot of ongoing innovation in the materials but the rule remains the same: transparency is crucial to appreciate the reflections and enhance the characteristics of the wines.
Sustainability and eco-friendly production are the major trends for 2019 and RCR produces a 100% ecological crystal, the LUXION® eco-crystal glass.
How to serve wine
Before serving a glass of wine, make sure to check if it’s transparent and odorless. The secret is to wash the glasses by hand with hot water and preferably without soap. To avoid leaving annoying water droplet residue on the glass, dry it with a cloth before putting it back in the display (you never know!)
Fill the glass at no more than a third of its capacity (there’s always time to fill it again!) and make sure to hold it by the stem and not by the bowl; this way you won’t leave fingerprints on the glass and will not alter the temperature of the wine.
Can you make a toast with wine? Sure! The etiquette says to look into your guests’ eyes to seal the special moment without letting the glasses touch.