How to choose the right wine glass?

Updated: May 20, 2020

Different shaped wine glasses lined up side-by-side.

Amazingly, you could use a different size and shape of wine glass for each type of wine. Is it necessary? No. Luckily you don’t have to go down that path if you choose not to.


There are a few paths you can take for your wine glass selection:

  1. No fuss – one glass for all approach

  2. Slightly sophisticated – one glass for red and one for white

  3. High maintenance – several red shapes and several whites shapes for each type of wine you enjoy

  4. Easy handling – stemless wine glasses


Follow these tips and insights to choose the right wine glass, given your particular situation.


Anatomy of a Wine Glass


Let’s quickly identify the anatomy of a glass to make sure there isn’t any confusion with terminology.

Wine glass with diagram of Wine Glass Anatomy. The very top edge is the rim. The bowl goes from the rim to the stem. The stem is the tubular glass that is meant for holding the wine glass with your hands. The foot is the flat disc that the wine glass stands on when placed on a table.

The bowl and rim become wider or narrower depending on the wine it should hold. These variations are designed to bring out the best aromas and tastes of each type of wine.

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1. No Fuss – Universal Wine Glass


The universal wine glass is a legitimate option, if you don’t have much storage space or you don’t want to invest a lot of money in wine glasses.