Red. White. Champagne. When it comes to wineglasses, that’s about as far as my expertise goes. But, after a little vino research, it seems the primary features of glasses (wide brim, narrow bowl, etc.) actually benefit the flavors in different ways. So here’s a lowdown – from a non-expert.

In general, all wines need to be aerated, acidity-regulated, and aroma-preserved. The taller the bowl and wider the brim, the more oxygen reaches the wine, while narrow rims and smaller glasses preserve the aromas inside the glass (ideal for older vintages and sweet wines).

Regulating acidity is all about where the wine lands in your mouth – directed by the shape of the glass. Narrow rims direct the wine to the center of the tongue, tempering acidity, while flared rims direct it to the tip of the tongue, showcasing it. Now, I release you to throw your first eight-course dinner party – with every appropriate glass represented.

Wineglasses Guide

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 8, 2013