From tumblers, tulip beer glasses, champagne coupes, and more what exactly are the different types of glasses?
On a recent episode of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (I am not admitting to watching this, just reporting on it…cough, cough) at least one of the housewives threw a little fit about her white wine being served in a champagne glass, or vice versa. While you may not care about what glass your champagne comes in, as long as there is Champs, some people evidently take it very seriously. If you have ever cared or want to care about the different types of glasses, read on.
The basic rule of thumb is that there really is a special glass for everything. If you are the type of person who drinks everything out of a mason jar, well then, right on. You keep doing you. For everyone else, the key is to decide which glasses are necessary for your lifestyle. If you and your partner enjoy beer, then it makes the most sense to focus on beer glasses.
While there are plenty of specialty types of glasses, one has to consider their budget, already bulging kitchen cabinets, and if one really desires to wash all those specialty glasses!
Tumblers are flat-bottomed glassware that comes in different sizes. Taller Iced Tea glasses and shorter old-fashioned glasses (also called a Rocks glass) are both tumblers, as are shot glasses and Collins glasses (which are tall and slender).
Iced tea glasses and old-fashioned glasses can serve as your go-to glasses for all kinds of non-alcoholic beverages. Rocks glasses can also be used to serve whiskey (both neat or on the rocks) and can be utilized for cocktails as well.
Stemware describes those types of glasses that stand on a stem and include goblets, wine glasses, flutes, cocktail glasses, and more. The idea behind stemware glasses is that by holding the glass by the stem, the temperature of the beverage in the glass will not be as impacted by our body warmth.
If you don’t have a large home, having multiple sets of stemware is just not an option. That’s okay. Unless you are a sommelier or a wine collector, you probably can’t tell the difference between red wine served in a Bordeaux glass or a Pinot Noir glass (yes, there are actually glasses made to serve different varieties of wine in). When in doubt, purchase a not-too-wide, not-too-narrow, yet good quality wine glass and call it a day. Gleefully serve everything from red wine to bubbly in it–we give you permission.
Just like wine glasses, there are a multitude of glasses on the market claiming to offer increased taste for various types of beer. How many glasses can one household realistically have on hand for beer, though? Unless you are beer brewer, stick with the pint glass and half pint glasses. The pint glass can double as everyday water glasses and the half pint glass will work for your higher alcohol by content beers. You could go with the British style pint, that has a ridge that makes it easier to hold, or the American-style conical style pint glass.
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