- Wash your wine glasses in the dishwasher but be sure to rinse them with warm water and dry them before pouring any wine into them. Dishwashing detergent residue can change the aroma and flavour of wines.
- Avoid gigantic, over-sized wine glasses for both red and white wines. Your nose is too far away from the actual liquid and you won't be able to partake in the wine's full bouquet.
- For dessert wines such as ice wine, port and sherry, James recommends using a small 7.5 oz ISO (International Organization for Standardization) wine tasting glass. The smaller size helps de-emphasize the alcohol scent. If you are conducting a wine tasting these are the glasses to use.
- It isn't just marketing; Reidel wine glasses are the first choice of professionals. Says James, "they maximize the pleasure you derive from wine ... they are the top one, really." The Riedel Vinum Extreme range of wine glasses are among his favourites.
- Other wine accessories James loves includes decanters that he likens to works of art. "For making the table look great, the MUST have are the decanters. [These] make a statement more than the glasses."
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Wine glasses: The essentials
Wine expert James Cluer helps navigate the wide world of wine glasses.