Stemless vs Stemmed

Wine Glasses

Stemless vs Stemmed Wine Glasses

The world of wine might seem daunting to enter, but Pottery Barn is here to show you the ropes!

You don't have to be a connoisseur to understand the different wine glasses, but when you do, you’re able to learn more about the wine itself.

Stemless Wine Glasses: Good or Bad?

Are you more interested in catching up with your friends over a bottle of wine than getting technical about notes, finishes and vintages? If so, you're in good company! There's a reason stemless wine glasses have become so popular! The growth of small vineyards across North America has made wine more accessible than ever before. It's even possible to get affordable, high-quality wine from your local grocery store!

Stemless wine glasses are casual, easy to hold and easier to wash – making them the ideal choice for a casual wine drinker. Besides, you can always keep a set of stemmed glasses on hand for tastings or formal dinners.

For Connoisseurs: Stemmed Glasses 101

If you ask a serious wine drinker how they hold a glass of wine, they'll most likely say, “by the stem." Holding a stemmed wine glass by the bowl allows your hand to warm the wine inside, which might affect the flavors. Stemmed glasses keep the wine at its optimal drinking temperature and allow for a more aromatic experience.

One reason why many casual wine drinkers gravitate towards their stemless counterparts, is the fact stemmed wine glasses are delicate. With the right storage – a special cabinet or bar with built-in wine glass rack, your stemmed wine glasses will be right on hand. Plus, you’d be making a chic investment in your wine hobby. Each glass type has its own washing needs, but in general, try to be as gentle as possible.

What Temperature to Serve Red Wine?

While sparkling, rosé and white wines are usually chilled, red wine can be served at room temperature. Experts differ on the recommended temperature for red wine, but most agree its best enjoyed in the range of 60–70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to indulge in a glass of wine after a long day, pour your red into a stemmed glass for optimal enjoyment.

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