Today someone called into the One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment location in Orlando and asked if we had any red or white wine glasses. We replied, “We just have clear ones.” Turns out the customer was looking for wine glasses designed specifically for red wine or white wine. We didn’t even know there was a difference! Well, there is and here ya go:
Glasses for red wine are characterized by their rounder, wider bowl, which increases the rate of oxidation. As oxygen from the air chemically interacts with the wine, flavor and aroma are subtly altered. This process of oxidation is generally more compatible with red wines, whose complex flavors are smoothed out after being exposed to air.
White wine glasses vary enormously in size and shape, from the delicately tapered Champagne flute, to the wide and shallow glasses used to drink Chardonnay. Different shaped glasses are used to accentuate the unique characteristics of different styles of wine. Wide mouthed glasses function similarly to red wine glasses discussed above, promoting rapid oxidisation which alters the flavor of the wine.
Whelp, you learn something new every day.
Speaking of wine, here’s one of my favorite Mitch Hedberg: I once saw a wino eating grapes and I was like, hey man, you gotta wait.
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