Which glass goes with what type of drink

There are eight main types of drinking glasses, each made to complement the taste and noise of the wine or spirits it is intended for. The highest quality glasses are those made of solid lead glass or lead crystal glass.

Full lead crystal contains 30 percent lead oxide, and lead crystal contains 25 percent lead oxide, and this base gives the glass its luster, transparency, weight and firmness. The thinner and finer the glass, the more beautiful the wine or spirits look.

Crystal glassware is expensive, so if you want to collect a complete set of glasses for all occasions, you may need to do this over time, starting with the three basic types. Dessert Wine Glass This pear shaped glass is suitable for drinking sherry, port, madeira and liqueur.


There are three different types of wine glasses - a low-glass ball glass, a tulip-shaped glass, and a high-rack wine glass. Of these, both the low stand and tulip cups can serve both red and white wine, while the tulip cup can be used for sparkling wines such as champagne and spumante. The volume of wine glasses is: 150 ml, 180 ml, 240 ml, 300 ml and 355 ml.

Whiskey glass

A flat glass with a flat bottom and a thick bottom (Scots do not like to have their glass rolled over and their drinks spilled), about 225 ml in volume, can also be used for long drinks, such as various types of beer. These three types of glasses can later be added to more distinctive and refined glasses, intended for the complete, enjoyable enjoyment of good drinks.

Champagne glasses

Champagne or spumante, an Italian sparkling wine, should be drunk from tall, thin, conical glasses, which allow quick and uniform bubbling. The type of wide glass with a low rack is not very suitable for sparkling wines as it allows the bubbles to be bubbled too quickly.

Porto glasses

The perfect shape for this glass is a ball bottom that narrows towards the top. Porto has intense aromas, and the narrow tip of the glass helps preserve it, which would not be the case if you served it in a wide glass. The porto glass should be filled up to between half and two thirds of its volume so that the evaporation can be dispersed in the upper part of the cup.

A glass of Rhine wine

This is perhaps one of the most elegant and sophisticated wine glasses. There are forms for each region of these German wines. A wine glass from the Rhine valley has a brown stand to reflect the color in the wine, while Alsatian wines are drunk from a glass with a green stand. A wine glass from the area around the Moselle River is brushed to capture the light and highlight the greenish-golden color of the wine.

Cognac glass

This belly-shaped glass, as well as the pono glass, retains evaporation on the tapered tip. Some cognac lovers prefer balloon cups, which, with a stand between their fingers, lie in the palm of their hands so that the body temperature warms the cognac for faster evaporation.

Beer: A glass, mug or beer jug ​​with a lid?

Some beer lovers prefer to drink beer from flat-glass glasses, while others prefer to drink beer from a mug. No type of glass affects the quality of the beer, but since about half a liter of beer weighs about 450g, it is less likely that with a firm grip of the handle, a heavy glass will slip through your fingers. Tin or silver jars with a lid also have a handle and often a glass bottom.


Sanded glass gives a tempting glow to drinking glasses, but there are frequent imitations of such glass on the market. To see the difference, move your thumb over the pattern - the edges of the brushed glass are sharp, while the imitation of the brushed glass has rounded edges.

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