Though all glassware types are made for drinking purposes, know that they can differ in many ways. Hence, if you will buy one for a gift, you will find lots of types ranging from tumblers to flutes in various sizes and shapes. However, if you know what they are, it will be easier to pick your choice. Below are the different varieties of glasses you will find in the market these days:
Standard Wine Glass
These glasses are used for wine drinking. They can be easily identified through their stem that serves as a handle so you won’t transfer heat to the wine. It also comes with a wide opening, allowing you to smell the aroma of the wine. The opening must be wide enough so you can fit your nose while drinking. Also, red wines need broader openings than white wines.
These are “all-purpose glasses”. They too can be used as glasses for table wines; meaning, they spend more time sitting on a table than being held by the hand. For this reason, there’s no need to have a stem on the glass since you don’t have to hold it for long.
However, tumblers, in general, refer to all flat-bottomed glass. Their only difference from the usual wine glass is the absence of curves on their body that supposedly trap vapors.
Today, tumblers come in many forms. There are tumblers built with double walls for better insulation. An example of this is IBEX tumbler which keeps the drinks at their perfect temperature. Hence, you can expect your coffee to stay steaming hot even after several hours of storage. Cold drinks remain cold too even after being stored for long. You can read more here about these types of tumblers.
This is another example of a stemware which is designed to keep the alcohol’s temperature at the right level. This is because wines served in glasses do not have ice in them. They may be stirred with ice initially but this needs to be strained even before the wine is served. The “tall glass” will then retain the coldness of the wine and the cone shape of the glass will retain its temperature. This is perfect for drinking gin or Manhattan since it preserves the flavor and aroma of such drinks up to 90%.
This is used for sparkling wines or champagnes. This retains the wine’s bubble for a long time. This is also the reason why it comes with a smaller opening compared to red wine glasses since small openings will reduce the champagne’s air exposure as well.
This is perfect for cocktails. It can accommodate ice cubes and till have enough room for the wine to be stirred in the glass. Thanks to its big glass opening, you can smell the aroma of your cocktail through it.
There are other types of glasses not mentioned on this post, including Grappa Glass, Dessert Wine Glass, Collins Glass and many others. Just make sure that you choose the type of glass that matches your drinks. This way, you can bring your drinking experience to a higher level.