In this guide, I hope as complete as possible, I want to help you get to know the name to the glasses for different types of alcohol. Assuming that there are many different glasses and that you cannot reasonably buy them all, even if only for reasons of space, I will try to include the various types of wine, beer and spirits in "only" 15 types. For issue 1 of the paper magazine "CosediCasa" of January 2020 I had already helped the journalist Alma Dainesi to identify the glasses essential to enjoy a good glass of wine. Today I decided to expand this discussion already started to two products that commonly enter our homes: the beer and distillates.

Alcoholic glasses name: we try to streamline ...

Wine, beer, spirits, cocktails… the possibilities, as far as glasses are concerned, are much wider than those I am about to describe to you. Moreover, to choose the right glass allows you to best savor the liquid it contains. If you don't believe it, try drinking the same wine in a universal tulip goblet or in a stemless water glass (like this tumbler) and then feel the difference for yourself! My goal today is not to show you all human knowledge regarding glasses, goblets, cups! I would like to give you the opportunity to choose between these macro-types that I present to you 4/5 types of glasses to buy in order to enjoy the alcohol you drink more frequently. This is why I have grouped wines, beers, spirits and cocktails within the same type of glass. I also made you a small selection of glasses that I like and that you can easily buy on Amazon, 2 for each category. If you have other glasses to report to me or want advice on which glasses to use, scroll down the page and leave me a comment.

1) Charmat method sparkling wines, dry beers with abundant foam like pils, delicate lager beers

Flute glass. I am not a great lover of flutes, but it is also true that I drink very few of Charmat method sparkling wines and even less of lager or pils beers. The flute concentrates the bubbles sometimes making them even unpleasant and is too narrow to appreciate the aromas. For me, buying flutes makes absolutely no sense, then everyone throws his money wherever he wants ... God forbid! My advice is to leave these glasses where they are: for sparkling wines and beers with abundant foam choose a nice tulip-shaped glass, you will thank me!

2) Young white wines, aromatic beers such as Belgian abbey, IPA or pilsner

Tulip glass. The universal glass par excellence, any liquid here is never wrong. Its flared shape enhances the scent of wine and beer and therefore enhances aromatic wines and beers. It is no coincidence that if you choose a fairly large one you can consider it your universal glass. That is, if you have 6 of these for me you have 1/3 of the glasses made ... but I will write my choices and my advice once I have analyzed all the glasses! 😉 The tasting glass is described as follows:

  • Base = Used to hold the glass correctly and stably
  • Stud = Thin and long, it is used both to remove the hand from the glass (avoid heating the glass and altering the aromas), and to rotate it easily
  • chalice = Slightly bellied, with a diameter of the edge smaller than the widest one [tulip shape]. It is used to concentrate the aromas towards the nose.

3) Structured white wines, great sparkling wines, young red wines, red beers

Rhenish glass. I really like these glasses in the modern version as I proposed, however I would not buy them because I prefer a slightly wider tulip.

4) Medium-bodied red wines, full-bodied and robust beers (strong ale, double malt ...)

Ballon glass. The ballon is a very pot-bellied glass - or very pot-bellied in the case of the large balloon - and tall, with an opening just below the belly. Its conformation should be designed to better express the aromas and at the same time oxygenate the liquid. For beer it has a large surface that favors heat exchange and a belly with a closing shape that enhances the aromas and foam. For wine I don't like it and therefore I have never used it, but since many consortia still like it, I will report it to you for the record. For me, however, you can do without buying it, except to use it with beer ... but in my opinion, despite what they say, it doesn't even enhance that.

5) Structured and evolved red wines, abbey beers and IGAs

Burgundy glass. A splendid glass that if you have space I absolutely recommend you buy. Then those of Zalto are orgasmic! The burgundy glass was created to accentuate the nuances of the most expressive and powerful wines by increasing the surface of the wine and thus making it breathe. This glass is perfect for wines such as Amarone, Barbaresco, Barolo, Brunello, Californian Chardonnay and all Burgundy style wines.

This glass is also perfect for abbey beers and IGA (Italian Grape Ale), normally characterized by a high alcohol content, great olfactory complexity and strong taste.

6) Sweet and aromatic sparkling wines, particularly aromatic beers

CupFamous is the phrase that paints a woman's perfect breast, the one capable of filling a glass of Champagne. But why was the glass traditionally used for Champagne when today it is reserved only for sweet aromatic sparkling wines? Simple: historically Champagne was a sweet and aromatic wine! Today Champagne has become a great sparkling wine made from semi-aromatic (chardonnay) or non-aromatic (pinot noir, pinot meunier ...) vines and therefore cannot be served in the glass to be appreciated. On the other hand, the Moscato d'Asti DOCG, the Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, the Colli Piacentini DOC Malvasia Spumante Dolce are perfect for this type of glass ...

7) Sweet musty wines, passito wines, delicate and fragrant beers

Sauternes . Its shape is specially designed to enhance the aromas and enhance the acidity of the wine in order to balance its sweetness. I have always liked this glass very much and I confess I have one (just that C&S that I have indicated to you!) Just for me that I use with my beloved Alsatian wines, but also with Port and Sherry, as well as Sauternes and more generally. with passito and vin santi of all sorts. If you have a place left ...

8) Alt and Weizen beer glasses, alcoholic and non-alcoholic long drink glasses

The glass for weizen beers widens just before closing to control the abundant foam. Along with the long and straight one of alt beers, it is also perfect for preparing long alcoholic drinks (Mojito, John Collins, Ramos Gin Fizz, Cuba Libre, Long Island Ice Tea, Sex on the beach ...) and non-alcoholic (San Francisco ...) .

9) Universal beer glass (Märzen, export ...)

Mug. The thick glass maintains the temperature while the smooth surface highlights the scarce perlage. Suitable for Ales beers, especially Pale Ales.

German mug. The glass is thick to preserve freshness and worked to enhance the perlage, while the cylindrical shape gives a neutral effect on the foam. Born for Märzen and Export, it is considered the universal glass.

Moreover, it is perfect for serving Moscow Mule and other cocktails… even if - fortunately - it is not made of copper!

10) Whiskey glasses, lots of rums

Glencairn. The ideal glass for whiskey that also expresses itself well with the vast majority of rums. It has a wider and taller than standard tulip belly and a thick, tall stemless base. However, it can be replaced with a nice tulip chalice.

The small tumblers were an old fashion that do not enhance this distillate. If you really want to buy them, add a drop of young grappa, gin or vodka.

11) Glasses for young grappa, glasses for aged / barricaded grappa

Not all grappas are the same! For example, I really appreciate the barricaded grappas, while the young ones I think are good just to warm up when the temperatures are below zero outside. For this I show you a universal glass, both for young or aromatic grappas, and for the nuances of the barricades. What grappa do you drink?

12) Glasses of cognac, armagnac, calvados, some rums, port, sherry, marsala, madeira, structured and toasted dark beers (stout)

Napoleon / Snifter glass. This for me is absolutely the glass to have, together with the tulip and the burgundy. Essential, it lends itself to enhancing spirits, liqueur wines, structured and toasted stout-type beers. It can also be used with some cocktails such as the Piña Colada ...

13) Vodka and gin glasses

Smooth snatch. Two extremes, vodka and gin. The first is dry, not very fragrant. The second very rich. Perhaps because for the first there is little to hear and for the second there is too much, a small glass - a shot to understand - will be fine. It also takes up little space and you can use it if you like glass coffee.

14) Alcoholic and non-alcoholic aperitif glasses

Martini. A sacred and nostalgic glass that is always good for an aperitif! Virtually all pre-dinner cocktails are perfect for him, just to name a few: Alexander, Aviation, Boulevardier (a delicious Negroni but cooler), Cosmopolitan, Daiquiri, Espresso Martini, Martini Dry, Porto Flip, White Lady ... 

Margarita. Both at home in my opinion it makes no sense to have them, so it is urgent to make a choice: what is your favorite cocktail? For me there are no doubts: absolutely Martini! However, this sombrero is also perfect for soft drinks… and as a backsplash for orchids! I swear, I bought two for this! 😄

15) Cocktail glasses: moscow mule, julep cupe

Copper mug. I love cocktails served in metal, but you have to be very, very careful here. The traditional glass of all "mules" are made of copper, a metal that reacts with acid pH giving an unpleasant metallic taste and - worse worse - releasing very bad particles that can give us toxic reactions such as diarrhea, vomiting or stomach ache. In the long run, consuming acidic foods preserved or cooked in copper can even cause death! There Food and Drug Administration does not recommend using copper containers for this cocktail and for this reason I recommend you buy these beautiful mugs because they are very scenic and keep the temperature, but you prefer the inside in food-grade stainless steel and makes the copper only one external plating!

Alcoholic Glasses: Final Tips

Of everything I am quaqquaraqua of glasses at the end I recommend you buy three. And thank me: those who live with you will not dream of letting you walk on it… 😇😇😈

  1. Tulip glasses to be used universally for wine and beer
  2. Napoleon glasses for dessert wines, liqueur wines and spirits
  3. Martini glasses for alcoholic or non-alcoholic aperitifs that can be served here (I would say most) with the knowledge that all other cocktails serve them in the universal

You're more than okay ... coffee cups are fine for cicchetti, since they are all transparent liqueurs and that's the size ...

Cheers 🍷


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