Presentation is key and having the right glassware for your bar and restaurant enhances the overall customer experience.
Red wine glasses are typically wider and usually larger than white wine glasses. This gives the red wine more surface area to breathe. Red wine glasses also come in different shapes for different varietals such as the Burgundy glass, which has a wide brim and is ideal for lighter bodied wines. Then there is a Bordeaux glass which has a wide bowl and tapers at the brim and is best suited for heavier bodied wines. White wine glasses are overall taller in shape with a long stem to stop the temperature of the wine from increasing. The narrower bowl also allows the fruity flavours to be preserved and help slow down the aeration process. Lastly, stemless glasses have grown in popularity within recent years, however drinkers need to be careful of heat transfer from hands.
Champagne flutes are designed with a tall, long and slender stem to keep the liquid cold and bubbles in the glass. Various types of Champagne glasses exist including the coupe which is similar to a saucer and provides more surface area, exposing more air to the Champagne which opens up its aromas and flavours.
The range of cocktail glasses is infinite with many types suited to specific cocktails. A martini glass is a v-shaped glass with a longer stem which allows the drink to be sipped on, making it suited to drinks with little or no mixers. The coupe glass is a dethroned v-shaped martini glass with a longer stem perfect for keeping the cocktail cool in the drinker’s hand. Highball glasses hold high volumes of liquid and should be used for cocktails which have a higher mixer content than alcohol, such as gin and tonics or bloody Marys.
The array of beer glasses is surprising, with many types designed to suit the varying flavours and tastes. The tulip glass is a thistle shaped glass with a wider bowl. This shape helps capture the aromas of the beer when drinking. A pint glass is narrower with a subtle flare towards the base of the glass. This aims to minimise the transfer of heat from hands when drinking. Made specifically for a pilsner, the shape of this glass is tall and slender with a slightly conical shape. Smaller than a pint glass, it is often referred to as a trumpet shape. Lastly, beer mugs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, boasting a handle from the side to protect the beer from experiencing heat transfer. The mugs are commonly thick walled in their shape, generally making them a very durable style of glass.
Short and stout with a wider brim, tumblers are ideal for drinks served on ice such as whisky and gin. Variations include a rocks glass which has a very sturdy bottom and can be used for drinks like negronis. Don’t forget the humble shot glass, this can be used in various forms but is ideal for serving shots of spirits and liqueurs.