Red wines have what is referred to as bold or big flavors and aromas. Due to these more intense tastes, reds require a lot of room to breathe and allow the drinker to experience their full flavor. For this reason, the classic red wine glass is tulip shaped, with a wide bowl that tapers slightly at the opening. A tulip shaped glass will allow more air to reach the wine’s surface while concentrating the aromas at the top, while a wider bowl allows drinkers to swirl the wine in order to open up a complex variety of flavors and aromas. Many fine dining establishments also serve their wine from a decanter, rather than the bottle, when it is ordered by the bottle in order to more fully open up the flavor nuances that may be experienced.
Many customers simply order red wines during dinner for pure and simple enjoyment, while other wine aficionados are very specific about studying the characteristics of each type of wine. The latter clientele more than likely knows that different red wine glasses affect the flavor released by the grapes in each wine. Very bold red wine varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon require a wider glass than Pinot Noir, which has a lighter flavor. Regardless of the type of wine that you are serving, wine should ideally be consumed when it is between the temperatures of 54 and 68 °F, which are slightly cooler than room temperature.
If you do not have a cellar or merchandiser, and just store your bottles on shelves in the restaurant, you can quickly cool the wine down to the proper serving temperature by placing it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes prior to serving. Most aficionados will stress the importance of serving temperature and how you should only hold the glass by the stem, because handling the bowl warms up the wine and affects the taste.
Food Service Warehouse’s selection of wine glasses also includes stemless red wine glasses because of their recent growth in popularity. Many customers like the touch of style this adds and does not consider stemless glasses as something the effects the wine’s flavor because and most people will not handle the glass long enough to make the drink too warm.