How to Pick the Right Wine Glass

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How to Pick the Right Wine Glass

Saintly the Good Sauvignon Blanc in various wine glasses.

You're surrounded by good friends, enjoying a cozy evening, or perhaps celebrating a special milestone. In your hand, a glass of your favourite wine. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But have you ever wondered how the choice of glassware can enhance that tasting experience even further?  

In this guide, we'll explore the art of selecting the right wine glass to match your favourite varietals, ensuring that every sip is a moment to savour. And while we love the idea of having a lineup of wine glasses on our bar cart to suit every varietal, all you need is just a few key types. 

The Basics

First things first, let's lay down a rule of thumb. No matter the type of wine, there are a couple of fundamental principles to keep in mind, like not to overfill your glass. Leave ample space to allow the wine to breathe and for those enchanting aromas to captivate your senses. Now that we’ve covered some basics, let’s dive a little deeper into glassware as it relates to varietals.  

Red Wine 

Ah, the bold and robust world of red wines. To truly appreciate their full spectrum of flavours and aromas, opt for a glass with a larger bowl and a wider rim. This design allows the wine to breathe, letting the aromas develop and a bit of alcohol to evaporate. As you sip your favourite Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, you'll notice the difference – a nuanced tasting experience that lets the wine unfold with every sip. Explore our red wines here!

White Wine

On the flip side, white wines have their own nuances that deserve attention. For these varietals, choose a glass with a smaller bowl and a longer stem. Why, you ask? The smaller bowl helps to preserve the wine's delicate aromas, while the longer stem allows you to hold the glass without warming the wine with the heat from your hands. Grip the stem at its foot, and you'll keep that Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc refreshingly cool, sip after sip. Shop our selection of white wines!

Sparkling Wine

Now, let's talk bubbles – the glorious effervescence that comes with sparkling wines. The eternal debate: Flute or coupe? If you're after the maximum number of bubbles, go for the flute. Its tall, narrow bowl encourages a steady stream of effervescence, turning every sip into a celebration. On the other hand, the coupe glass allows you to focus on the wine's body and flavour. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Shop sparkling wines here! 

Fill Your Glass with Quality, Local Wines from Wine Rack


Whether you're pouring a crisp Chardonnay, a bold Cabernet Sauvignon, or a sparkling Moscato, the right glass can elevate your wine-tasting experience, making every sip a moment to remember. As you continue your wine journey, armed with knowledge, don't forget to explore the vast array of options available. 

For those in Ontario, your wine adventure is made even more accessible with Wine Rack – your neighbourhood wine spot with over 160 convenient locations. With convenient store hours and select stores open late and even during long weekends, Wine Rack ensures that your quest for the perfect bottle is never hindered by time constraints. As your trusted Ontario wine retailer, you can shop our wide selection of local and award-winning Canadian wines, including favourites from Jackson-Triggs and Sandbanks to Inniskillin. We have something for any palate!  

As your one-stop-shop for all things wine, we’re committed to providing quality wines at an affordable price, coupled with convenient hours, local wine experts ready to help in-store, and an extensive collection for easy online shopping. So, the next time you reach for a bottle to share with friends or unwind after a long day, choose your glass wisely. With a bit of knowledge and a touch of elegance, you'll feel like a true wine connoisseur, turning any occasion into a toast-worthy celebration. Cheers! 

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