Beveled wine glasses: features

Скошенные бокалы для вина: особенности

No matter how delicious the wine is, its taste is truly revealed only in the right glassware. Table etiquette dictates which glasses correspond to different types of drink. Recently, unusual glasses with a beveled edge have appeared in the arsenal of wine experts. Let's find out what the features and advantages of this new product are!

Why do glasses need beveled edges?

Traditionally, wine is served in glass or crystal goblets with a large bowl and a high stem. Vessels of this shape contribute to the rapid saturation of the drink with oxygen. As a result, the excess smell of alcohol disappears, revealing the wine bouquet. When exposed to oxygen, the tannins contained in wine are oxidized, resulting in a softer taste.

The thin sloping walls of the glasses help you drink in small sips. The aromatic liquid acts on the tongue receptors gradually, allowing you to maximize the taste profile.

Glasses with a beveled edge enhance the sense of taste. The fact is that different parts of the tongue sense taste differently. Sweet responds faster on the tip of the tongue, salty in the center, sour on the sides. The specific bitterness of wine is felt more clearly in the back of the tongue. But the fullness of taste is felt when the wine completely envelops the tongue and palate. A beveled wine glass will help you achieve this feeling.

The neck of such a vessel seems to be cut diagonally at an angle of 30-40 degrees. During drinking, the liquid flows from one side faster, completely irrigating the surface of the tongue. In this case, you do not have to raise the glass high to your mouth or throw your head back. The area of wine evaporation is larger than in a standard wine glass, so the aroma develops faster.

When did glasses like this appear?

When did glasses like this appear?

The unusual wine glass was developed by the designers of the Danish brand Eva Solo at the beginning of the 21st century. The company has been in the household furnishings business for about 200 years, but has only been producing tableware since 1997. Beveled glasses are produced by hand blowing. Eva Solo offers 10 models of this original vessel - for red and white wines, champagne, liqueurs. The range even includes beveled coupe wine glasses and water glasses. The volume of products ranges from 130 to 900 ml .

Famous sommeliers highly appreciated the idea of the Eva Solo company. Wine glasses with a beveled edge are produced by well-known glassware manufacturers from France, Italy, Russia, and the Czech Republic.

What to drink from it?

Beveled wine glasses are suitable for any alcohol with a strong aroma. Vessels with a deep, massive bowl are intended for strong red wines with a spicy taste, including Amarone, Malbec, Pinotage, and Syrah. The best drinks of this type are produced in the Rhone Valley and northern Italy. Prominent representatives of strong red wines are Australian shiraz and zinfandel. The angle of inclination in the neck should be 30-35 degrees. It is recommended to drink by bringing the high edge to your lips, this way you can feel the taste more clearly.

There are two types of angled champagne glasses - a narrow, tall flute and a long-stemmed bowl called a coupe. The angle of inclination in them is small, 25-30 degrees. This shape helps retain the carbon dioxide bubbles, highlighting the sweet notes. In addition to champagne, the glasses are suitable for sparkling wines - French Crémant varieties, Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco and Franciacorta.

Beveled wine glasses

There is a separate type of glass with a large deep bowl and a neck beveled at 40-45 degrees. The vessel is recommended for more complex red wines including:

  • Burgundy;
  • barbaresco;
  • Barolo;
  • pinot noir;
  • Navarre;
  • Chianti Reserva.

This type of glass is suitable for any red varieties with a rich, velvety taste.

White wines develop better in an angled glass with a taller, narrower bowl. It will highlight the taste of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chablis and White Burgundy. These products are aged in oak barrels, so they acquire a rich aroma and bitterness. The widened neck accelerates the contact of wine tannins with oxygen.

There are varieties of asymmetrical vessels for other alcoholic beverages, for example, port wine glasses with a volume of 120-140 ml, liqueur glasses holding 40-60 ml. Traditional Hurricane glasses for tropical cocktails are sometimes equipped with a curved stem. This asymmetry serves as decoration without affecting the taste. At the same time, brandy glasses with a beveled rim significantly enhance the aroma of the drink. The angle of inclination in them reaches 45 degrees. The most daring solution is a glass without a stem, with a sloping bottom. While drinkingIt warms up from the warmth of the palm, which accelerates the release of the aroma.

In addition to wine, cocktails are often served in glasses with an asymmetrical neck - martini, mojito sangria, creamy whiskey, tiger milk . The spacious vessel allows you to use ice and pieces of fruit, and the unusual shape attracts attention.

Features when choosing

If you have never used a beveled wine glass before, give preference to a universal model that is suitable for any wine. Its main feature is a deep bowl with a wide bottom. The walls should be slightly sloping, gradually tapering towards the neck. The top edge is “cut” at an angle of 25-35 degrees. The stem of the universal glass is high enough so that the drink does not heat up from the palm. The volume of the bowl is 300-350 ml.

Pay attention to five more characteristics:

material - experts believe that the taste of vintage wines is most clearly manifested in dishes made of lead crystal. It has increased smoothness, which facilitates the drainage of liquid. A good option is thin glass, especially made using the hand-blown method;

volume – glasses with a capacity of 350-410 ml are suitable for red wines, 200-230 ml for white varieties. Flutes and coupes for champagne usually hold 150 ml;

tilt angle - avoid products with excessive asymmetry, as they are uncomfortable to drink. Choose wine glasses with a wall slope of 25-40 degrees;

presence of seams - choose dishes that do not have seams between the bowl and the leg;

design – beveled wine glasses themselves look original, so give preference to laconic transparent products without painting or carving.

The cost of beveled glasses is no different from regular glasses. The price of blown glass products starts from 2800 rubles, crystal ones will cost twice as much.

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