April 27, 2011
If I want to drink a Casillero del Diablo wine, does it matter which glass I use? Does a bigger, smaller or taller wine glass make a difference?
For many the answer might be: “Never mind the glass”. However, those who know about wine are aware that the type of wine glass does matter, and a lot, as the right glass will help bring out the wine’s particular aromas and flavors.
In general the base should be large to give the wine glass a good balance. The stem should be rounded for an easy grip. The glass bowl should be tall and wide at the center so the wine can be moved easily inside the glass. The mouth should be narrow and relatively small in order to capture the wine’s aromas inside the glass.
Ideally a wine glass should be at least 18 cm tall. This description corresponds to the Bordeaux wine glass, but in general terms these glasses can be used for all red wines. However, a very important point is the amount of wine poured in a glass – the glass should never be filled more than 2/3 full, so the wine has mobility and can express its characteristics fully. In the case of white wines, if this glass is used, the amount served should not exceed 1/3 of the glass so the wine can retain its temperature. If too much wine is served, the last amount drunk will not have the ideal temperature.
Wine glasses come in many types and sizes and each one offers different attributes that will make a drink of wine enjoyable.
Another matter are wines that have been aged for years, as might be the case of Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah. For these reserve wines a Riedel or crystal wine glass would be ideal as these glasses can help express even the most timid of aromas. In addition, their fine rim allows the wine to flow subtly into the mouth, providing a very elegant and enjoyable drink.
For our Casillero del Diablo Brut Reserva sparkling wine the glass should be tulip-shaped and quite tall, with a narrow mouth to help bubbles concentrate aromas. The glass should be filled to ¾ to be able to see bubbles move to the surface. The ideal serving temperature is 6°C to 8°C.
Independently of the glass we have chosen, one must be very careful with the detergents used to wash wine glasses and they must be rinsed thoroughly. Any detergent residue in the glass can alter a wine’s flavor drastically and even ruin the wine. Therefore it is recommended that the wine glasses should be washed only with water and rinsed carefully. Another experts’ tip is to dry wine glasses immediately after washing with paper towels which have a neutral aroma. Your glasses will be clean and anxiously waiting to be used again!
Remember, thanks to the antioxidants present in wine, if drunk in moderation, wine can help prevent heart disease and have many other beneficial effects. Cheers!