By Tom Morrone, CFP ®, CPA, Principal
Over the years I can say that I have drank wine from every type of drinkware imaginable. I have used paper cups, plastic cups, acrylic cups, water glasses, crystal glasses and of course regular wine glasses both with and without stems. Heck I am sure at one point or another I drank directly from the bottle and possibly even used a straw. I am only kidding about the straw. Most people have what they consider to be a one size fits all type of wine glasses and believe me that is all you need. When attending a formal wine tasting that includes several varietals of wine of both white and red categories, glasses of different sizes and shapes will no doubt be used to sample the wine? I am amazed when I am in the glass section of a store and go to look at wine glasses and see how many options there are to choose from. After all is it red or white wine? If red, are you drinking Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chianti, Malbec or Pinot Noir or something else? If white, are you drinking Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or something else? Maybe you are drinking a sparkling wine? Oh the options of wine to drink and of course this presents the options of glasses available to use. I have attached a chart that actually shows the different types of glasses that have been labeled as the style, shape and size glass that should be used based on what wine is being served.