What glasses do you use with what? There seems to be so many choices. As a soon-to-be newlywed, I want to know what wine glasses to register for on our wedding registry, as well as which wine glasses to choose for everyday use as well as for special occasions and entertaining?
–Christina, Westwood, CA
- Start off by registering for eight basic water tumblers. Versatile, because the shape of the glass can be a tall cylinder tumbler, as opposed to a bulbous shaped glass, that can be used for mineral water, ice tea, soda, gin or vodka tonics, a Dark 'N' Stormy, beer and milk.
- Add eight all-purpose wine glasses either the traditional bulbous shape with a stem or they can be "O" shaped tumblers without a stem.
- What you want to keep in mind is that even though red wine glasses vary in size and can hold anywhere between 8 to 24 ounces of wine, the standard pour is only five ounces -- no matter the size of the wine glass.
- Although you can certainly drink white wine out of a red wine glass, there are glasses specifically shaped for different varieties of red wine.
- Generally, the more full bodied the red wine, the larger the glass.
- Red wine glasses are more global in shape and are wider and taller than white wine glasses.
- These rounder fuller shaped red wine glasses have a narrower rim that helps to hold in the aromas longer.
- White wines are more delicate and the white wine glass is slightly smaller and open-rimed.
- Make note that a smaller size white wine glass doubles nicely as a champagne glass when celebrating a special occasion.