Wine Glasses - Does the Stem Really Make a Difference?

The use of stemless wine glasses is a relatively new trend in the United States that has left some wine enthusiasts puzzled.  Isn’t there a purpose to the stem?  Does it matter what type of glass you drink your wine out of?  The answer is not a simple yes or no.  And frankly, much of it depends on your own personal preferences. So, we’ll review some of the differences and you can decide for yourself whether you prefer one over the other, or would like to have both types as part of your wine glass collection.

The Stemmed Wine Glass

Stemmed wine glasses are the traditional type that you use in a table setting.  Aesthetically, they look elegant in a formal setting or in your wine cabinet.  They are delicate to hold and can sometimes break at the stem.  It is best to wash these glasses by hand.  As for impacting the taste of your wine, stemmed wine glasses, held at the stem, will not impact the temperature of the wine.  This is especially a consideration when serving chilled wines.  Because of the stem, it is also easy to swirl the wine and allow it to “breathe” before enjoying it.

The Stemless Wine Glass

Stemless wine glasses sometimes called wine “tumblers”, are considered to be modern and contemporary.  However, they have been around in Europe for centuries. They work great for casual gatherings and larger groups. Stemless wine glasses are easy to store and are dishwasher safe.  They are easy to hold, but it can be tricky swirling wine in these glasses. Red wine can be nicely warmed up by your hand in a stemless glass.

Which Type Should You Choose?

There are so many different varieties of wine to choose from, why would you choose just one?  The same goes for wine glasses.  Different glasses can highlight both flavor and atmosphere.  Whether you are enjoying an intimate gathering or large party, at Bar & Bistro, we recommend choosing the glass that best suits the occasion.

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