Guide to Wine

April 5, 2018


Learn everything you need to know about wine, from grape varietals and growing regions to tasting, serving and pairing with food.


Champagne Glass: The tall, narrow shape of a flute is ideal for sparkling wines, because it preserves the wine's bubbles and pushes them up the glass, creating a beautiful presentation.

Best for: Champagne, Champagne-style sparkling wines, Prosecco, Cava


Sauvignon Blanc Glass: This all-purpose glass is ideal for lighter wines such as crisp whites and rosés. Its straight sides and smaller opening hold in delicate, subtle aromas, such as floral and citrus notes.

Best for: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Albariño, Grüner Veltliner, Viognier, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, lighter rosé wines


Pinot Noir Glass: A balloon-shaped glass is perfect for capturing the complex characteristics of a light or medium-bodied red wine, such as a red Burgundy. The ample bowl allows plenty of space for swirling and sniffing, while the narrow rim holds in and maximizes the aromas.

Best for: Pinot Noir, Barbera, Gamay, Dolcetto


Chardonnay Glass: The wide mouth of this glass releases a broad range of aromas from full-bodied white wines. The shape ensures that your palate will pick up the wine's acidity and help you appreciate the balance of fruit flavors.

Best for: Chardonnay and fuller rosé wines


Cabernet Glass: This is the ultimate all-around glass, versatile enough for all but the lightest styles of wine. Its straighter sides allow plenty of contact with air so the wine can breathe and develop, while directing wine to the center of the palate to moderate the tannins in red Bordeaux and other similar varietals.

Best for: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Tempranillo


Grand Cru Glass: This unique shape brings out the complexity of the world's finest wines. The slightly flared rim highlights fruit flavors by directing wine toward the tip of the tongue. It's suited for fuller-bodied reds, such as your most-prized or longest-aged bottles.

Best for: Nebbiolo, Barolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Australian Shiraz, Priorat


Special thanks to Williams - Sonoma Wine Guide for the above information. Visit their store at the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland.



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