A friend has just asked me to recommend some wine glasses. I realise I get asked this rather often so I thought I would dash off a quick post to help any people who are looking for glasses to buy. I shall start of with dream glasses and then move on to the stemware I usually use, then give you the bargain option. Do not worry if you can only afford the bargain glasses, they are perfectly acceptable for tasting as they have long enough stems to hold them comfortably – you never hold a tasting glass by the bowl as this covers it with finger prints and you cannot then see the wine clearly – and they all have the essential thin rim you need for tasting.
One thing you should always remember is that you never to a tasting glass to the brim. You need plenty of space to swirl and let the aromas fulminate from the wine. With exception of Champagne flutes, which you can fill about half way up, you should usually aim to fill a glass to just below the widest part at the bottom of the glass – the wide part of the dumpy tulip.