Different glasses do affect the flavour of wine as our sense of smell plays a large part in what we taste. Below is a guide to various options. If you want to keep it basic, however, Harry Hariyono, GM of Artisan Cellars, says that all you need are a white win and red wine glass.

(Stemless wine glasses, also known as tumblers, from Crate & Barrel)

TUMBLER

Glasses without stems, these look more casual, are easier to manage and have a lower risk of being knocked over. They are ideal for serving whisky or sake.

RED WINE GLASS

Has a bigger, wider and rounder bowl. This gives a bigger surface area for aromas of red wines, which have complex compounds and flavours, to develop.

WHITE WINE GLASS

A tulip-shaped glass that is tapered upwards. It has a bowl smaller than that of red wine glasses to preserve the cool of white wines, which are served chilled.

(Left to right: Red wine, sparkling wine, white wine, dessert wine, and martini glasses by Viv Wine Glass Collection, Crate & Barrel)

SPARKLING WINE GLASS

A flute that is narrower to keep the wine even cooler. It also concentrates the bubbles on the tip of the tongue and delivers the rich scent of the wine upon sipping. 

DESSERT WINE GLASS

Has a highly tapered bowl to allow for a generous swirl, while maintaining an ideal wine-to-air ratio. Small vessels are typical as serving portions are smaller.

This article was first published on Home & Decor November 2013.