While it’s perfectly fine to drink your wine from any cup, glass, or heck, even the bottle if you want, choosing the right glass for your wine is actually more important than you may think! The shape of a glass affects the density and position of ethanol vapors at the top of the glass. Why do vapors even matter? They carry aromatic compounds (or to use layman’s terms, flavors) into your nose. To put it simply, a wine’s vapors are responsible for its flavor, so the way they interact with the opening of a glass is pertinent to experiencing your wine the way it’s meant to be experienced.

So how do you decide which glass to use with each different wine? Let us make it easy for you! Here’s a simple guide to wine glasses for you to reference in order to have the best possible experience with every pour:

Components of a Wine Glass

-Foot (the base)



White Wine

Serve in standard wine glasses with long stems. Most white wines will be best experienced with a small bowl, but full-bodied white wines (such as oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, and White Rioja) are better served in a larger-bowled glass called a Montrachet glass.

Red Wine

There are three different types of glass that will heighten your tasting experience with red wines.

  • -Bordeaux Glass–Use this glass for bold reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Bordeaux Blends
  • -Standard Red Wine Glass–Use this glass for medium- to full-bodied reds with spicy notes, such as Zinfandel, Malbec, and Syrah
  • -Bourgogne Glass–Use this glass for lighter, more delicate reds such as Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Nebbiolo

Speciality Wine

Sparkling wines will be best experienced with a Champagne flute, a Vintage glass, or a Tulip glass.

Dessert wines come with a fun variety of glass options, with specific glasses for Port (short stem, large bowl), Madeira (short stem, large curvy bowl), Sherry (long stem, v-shaped bowl), and Sauternes (long stem, large bowl with a lip).

Whatever you’re drinking from, we hope you’ll fill it with some of Latah Creek’s best and that you’ll enjoy every sip to its' fullest potential!