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Why do wine glasses have a stem?

Wine Glasses- Wine glasses are designed with a stem to ensure no heat is transferred from your hand to your drink, no one likes warm wine!


White Wines- are typically served in smaller bowled glasses to preserve floral aromas, express more acidity in the wine and deliver more aromas due to the proximity to your nose.


Red Wine Glasses tend to be larger with a smaller opening which delivers more aroma compounds. Some stronger reds like Bordeaux prefer larger surface areas in the glass allowing ethanol to evaporate making the wine taste smoother.



Flutes-  Like all the glasses mentioned above, Flutes are designed with a stem to ensure there is no heat transfer. . The long body and small opening to allows the deliciously fizzy bubbles to remain in your drink.



Coupes- Its said that Coupes were moulded from Marie Antoinette's left breast, and that she wanted her court to toast her health by drinking from glasses shaped like her bosom… However, the truth is the glass was actually invented long before the reign of the queen, in 1663 in England. And were then used to serve retro cocktails including Coupes the Side Car, Martinez, and Aviation. We now use these for champagne or cava at special occasions although they are not technically designed for it!



Gin Copa- The Copa glass dates to the 1700’s in Basque Region of Spain. The Spanish were large drinkers of gin and developed the ‘balloon’ cup instead of using a highball or standard tumbler. The Balloon shaped glass was designed to trap the aromas from the gin to provide a better taste to the drink, whilst also allowing space for plenty of ice & lime. Crucially though, the bowl shape is said to stop the ice cubes from melting as quickly and dilute the drink. This has now been adopted over the UK and is becoming a very popular way to drink gin!



Cocktail/Martini- The conical shape of Martini Glasses is mainly designed for looks, although the same applies with the stem not transferring heat to the drink. A martini should be served cold with an olive. The same shaped glasses are often used to serve a variety of other cocktails such as Espresso Martinis or Appletinis.


Brandy-  Also called snifters, are designed to allow you to take in the aroma of the Brandy but also its bulbous shaoe is meant to be so you can hold it agaisnt the warmth of your hand to enhance the flavour.


Beer Tankard- Beer Tankard is shaped for flavour and created to enhance the all‐round experience of beer drinking.




Shop our Favourite Glassware

 Royal Doulton Flutes  Gin Copa  Vintage list glasses

Royal Doulton Flutes


 LSA Balloon Gin Glasses


 The Vintage List Star Wine Glasses


 Beer tankard  Martini Glasses  Royal Doulton Tumbler

 Dartington Beer Tankard


 Wine & Bar Martini Glasses


 Royal Doulton Radial Tumblers



Posted: 06 Nov 2018

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