Written by: Tim Edison

Updated on: January 26, 2022

How Much Wine Fits in a Wine Glass? A Guide for all Varieties of Glasses

How Much Wine Fits in a Wine Glass? A Guide for all Varieties of Glasses

Did you know that using the same glass for various types of wines changes the way it tastes? Apparently, complex wines have different glasses. If you use a red wine glass to take your white wine glass, you don't just alter how the feel, you totally change the whole experience—or is it ruining? And how much wine fits in a wine glass?

Wine is a strange beverage. It, therefore, commands attention to details and a lot of care. Just the way you use different bowls to hold multiple types of foods, wines too have different glasses crafted explicitly for each experience.  For instance, a red wine glass is typically more massive, with a big round bowl and a similarly big brim. This is to make sure that the wine interacts with oxygen to produce that dark scarlet color and sweeten the wine further.

White wine glasses are characterized by a narrow brim and also narrow bowl because it does not require to combine with oxygen. The narrow bowl helps to keep the contents of the drink intact to preserve freshness. Habitually, wine partisans prefer taking wine in small amounts slowly till they feel satisfied, but how much wine do wine glasses hold? To answer this question, we will go through some of the wine glasses available and determine how much each can hold.

Red wine glasses

1. Cabernet

Probably one of the tallest glasses among the red wine glasses, Cabernet glasses were creatively crafted to help spread or intensify the marvelous aroma of the wine. They have the power to magnify because of the distinct shape., which makes drinking from them a spectacular experience. Red wine drinkers enjoy the aroma coming directly from the wine through the narrow opening, as the glass is wide enough to allow the wine to breathe effortlessly.

When it comes to Cabernet glasses, it is best that you don't fill or overfill it as the experience is much better when the wine is poured in small quantities. The smaller glasses range from 9 ounces to 12 and 14 ounces if filled. If you intend to take a full glass, try to be as careful as possible, to avoid spilling the contents or overpouring.

2. Burgundy

These types of glasses are almost similar to Cabernet, although they have a fuller bowl. The large bowl allows the wine to combine with the air and sweeten the wine. It also adds color to the red wine. The shape of the glass at the brim is specially made to ensure that the drinker experiences the taste of the wine first from the tip of the tongue, before spreading throughout the mouth.

By tasting the wine first from the tip of the tongue, one is able to smell even the most delicate aroma and also keep you from missing out from any of these wonderful nuances in the wine. The large bowl can easily trip, but not when the stem is short, not too short to allow swirling for oxygen or tossing. Burgundy wine glass can hold up to 14 ounces or 415ml or even more depending on the size.

3. Bordeaux

Bordeaux is one of the most common red wine glasses across the world. They're not just the most common but the tallest among other red wine glasses. They, however, have possessed a smaller bowl compared to burgundy but almost the same size as Cabernet. This makes them perfect for full-bodied wines that do not require a lot of shaking or swirling like Cabernet and Merlot.

The shape ensures that the drinker gets the maximum experience by allowing the wine to land at the back of the mouth as soon as you sip and the remaining amount gets to the tip of the tongue. This helps you taste all the available flavors before they escape to the air. Bordeaux glasses should never be filled and if they have to, keeping the level slightly above the bowl is enough.

4. Zinfandel

The Zinfandel red wine glass is slightly smaller compared to other red wine counterparts. It is relatively shorter than Bordeaux but has a bigger rim to allow just enough air to interact with the wine. It also ensures that you experience both the aroma and the flavor of the wine as you take it. Some glasses have a thick rim while others have a thin rim, be sure to choose the glasses that aren’t bumpy or that may detract the whole wine experience.

With the small, light zinfandel glass, you don’t want anything standing between you and your wine. The bowl is relatively small just like the rim but just wide enough for the wine to breath. Zinfandel holds about 9 to 10 ounces of wine.

5. Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir glasses are nothing but beautiful; they are creatively crafted in that their bowls are significantly wide, but the brim is averagely narrower. In fact, Pinot Noir is the most comprehensive glass among white and red wine glasses. The wide bowl ensures that the wine makes as much contact with air as possible which ultimately improve the color and the flavor.

If you are the type of wine taker who walks while taking your wine, these types of glasses ensure that your clothes are safe as you drink and go about your business. This is due to the surface area created by the bowl and enclosed by the brim. Another scintillating feature with these glasses is that they are easy to drink from—you don’t have to tilt them too much to get the heavenly feel, the brim is particularly curved out to direct the flavors and the smell directly to your nose and mouth.

6. Rose

Rose red wine is designed to suit the typical rose flower. The long stem helps to get a firm grip of the glass and also keep the heat from your hands off the drink. No one wants to have their wine cooked by hot hands. There are two types of rose glasses.: one with a short bowl and short taper and one with flared lip and short bowl—for the records, they both have short bowls.

The rose glass with flared lip is most preferred fundamentally when taking a younger wine. This is because it directs the wine directly to the sweet taste buds and minimizes the unpleasant sour taste that comes afterward. You can also take old wine with these fabulous glasses only make sure to keep the amount halfway. Filing the glass creates more chances of wetting yourself.

White wine glasses

1. Chardonnay

Chardonnay still holds the title of the most popular glass as far as white wine is concerned. The glass is specially designed to keep white wine. It is characterized by a nice u-shaped bowl that is created to ensure that the drinker gets maximum enjoyment while taking it. The Chardonnay glass looks relatively similar to Pinot Noir only that the former it is smaller.

You can enjoy a nice relaxed evening with your glass of young white wine served in a lovely Chardonnay glass. The wide brim directs the wine to the tip of the tongue as well as the back of the mouth. You can feel the sweetness of the wine all over your mouth. This is a fantastic way to enjoy wine that may not be sweet enough. The white wine glass industry is growing, though the glass remains smaller than the one for red wine, older versions carry about eight ounces or below which is 240 ml, but new designs carry around 12 ounces which is 360 ml.

2. Viognier

The Viognier glasses tend to have a small bowl as usual and slightly open rim. It is quite essential for your Viognier glass to have somewhat small bowls to make sure that the wine will not come into contact with oxygen, as the air can quickly damage the aroma of the wine—the reason why this kind of wine is pricey.

The aroma in this wine, usually contains peaches, pears violets, and minerals that is why it is crucial to protect the wine from losing these aromas before it is taken. The wine contains sugar, therefore, the glass has to be well curved to ensure that one has had a good experience. If you do not want to compromise with losing some of the best aromas here, make sure that you have selected the right glass. It would be best if you also poured small amounts of wine to avoid exposure to air.

3. Sparkling

The sparkling glass or champagne glass is typically narrower than other types of wine glasses. It is also characterized by perfect uprightness. This way, the wine can retain as much carbon dioxide as possible and dance on your tongue upon sipping. These glasses are mostly preferred for their carbon retention ability as other wider glasses cause the wine to turn flat quickly.

The narrow opening allows the wine along with the aroma to run straight to your waiting tongue while the aromas fly upwards directly to your nose making it easy to enjoy both.  A relatively broad base is crucial to ensure that you don't suddenly lose your drink when its tipped, but also make sure it's not where you're holding as it will lead to the drink going flat faster than you can imagine. As for this type of glass, the sky is the limit. Just don't fill your glass to the brim.

4. Sweet wine

Designed for dessert wines, sweet wine glasses are also smaller like sparkling glasses or even much smaller. They are known to take the wine directly to the back of the mouth. That is to make sure that the whole sweetness of the wine is enjoyed, not overwhelming and that the feeling and the taste of the entire package gives an excellent experience.

The acid and sugar content can be mixed before going to the mouth through swirling, which helps combat extreme sugars that you find in sweet wines. Since the dessert wines usually have higher alcohol levels than other white wines, the collaboration is always perfect in these small narrow glasses. In fact, these glasses are the ideal size for an after-dinner drink—because you don't need to drink much of it, one glass is enough to do for the night. They can carry a maximum of 280 ml.

5. Vintage

While vintage glasses have that charming look, they’re usually not the best to drink from. This is because they’re not made to retain nor improve the scent, flavor, or the experience itself. In fact, they can quickly ruin it. They're unusually too wide to preserve the aromas from the wine. The glass also makes it possible for oxygen to interact with the wine, carbon dioxide is driven out, and the wine goes flat.

Many people go for them as they’re relaxing, elegant, and hold relatively little wine. They also come in various designs like crystal and plain to make the drink fancier and more memorable. It is not surprising to find these wine glasses in parties like weddings and house parties. The bowl is quite big, and chances of tripping are very high considering the long stem. However, even if they trip, they may never really spill too much.

These glasses can be useful for people who don’t mind too much exposure of their wine to the air and people who value looks. However, let them have a more substantial base, you don't want to buy them today and have them all broken the next day.

6. Rose white

Rose white glasses manufactures paid a lot of attention to the stem whereby, you have somewhere to hold comfortably to avoid warming the wine with your warm hands. There are two types of these glasses, and both work excellent. If you’re taking a younger white wine, it would be wise to get the glass with a flared lip that will intensify the awesomeness of the wine, but if you are going to take an aged wine, then you can go for a glass without a flared lip but with a shorter stem.

Other wine glasses

1. Port

port vs sherry

Port glasses have been there since time immemorial. They are thinner and relatively smaller than Bordeaux glasses although they’re similarly shaped.  This glass can hold between six to twelve ounces of wine. However, veterans advise against filling more than half of the glass.  Filling the glass to the brim counters the movement of the aroma. You are also not able to enjoy the flavors due to the big sips you may be forced to take.

2. Sherry

Anyone one who has encountered Sherry glasses can tell you that they were specially designed to serve and hold. Their long stems do not only protect against tripping but also offer a comfortable place to hold the wine and prevent messing with the wine temperatures. Sherry glasses are very similar to port glasses only that Sherry picks a unique shape from Port.

The small opening allows the mouth to take in all the sweetness while the aroma is shared directly to the nose to ensure that the wine drinker can enjoy every bit of the wine even the smallest nuances. Sherry carries a similar amount of wine as Port, and the same old restriction applies—don't fill the whole glass, let it fill half way.

3. Balloon

Balloon glasses are commonly used as large wine glasses and can be some of the best glasses to have around due to their versatile nature. You can use them mostly for a red wine that requires maximum oxygen, and white wine like Chardonnay which is quite comfortable with the shape.

They're pretty easy to hold, and their large bowl lets out the aroma from the wine into the air as it collects oxygen at the same time improving the aroma, the overall taste and looks of the wine. The long stem aids in holding the wine glass to prevent accidents.

4. Flute

From its name, the flute glasses are all thin and tall than the other wine glasses. They were made to protect carbonation and ensure that the wine does not go flat.  The long stem acts as the handle where you can hold the drink and avoid warming the wine as you drink. As for the height, it wasn’t just made to keep the wine carbonated but also improve the appearance of the wine, hence making it more appetizing. Flute glasses hold about seven ounces which are about 180 ml

5. Stemless

Stemless glasses have become quite popular. The only predicament with them is that they don't have a stem to hold, that means that you can easily interfere with the quality of your drink. When buying them, you will have to hold a meeting with yourself and decide whether it's the temperature of your wine that matter or the safety of the glass.

6. Aerating

If you worry much about aeration, this is the ideal wine glass for you; you don't have to endure the long hustle of having to aerate your wine before pouring it in your glass. Look for those that function well and are accompanied by beauty.

About the Author Tim Edison

Although not having any formal training in wine, Tim has developed an irrefutable love of wine and interest in anything related to it ever since his late teens.

Coming from a family of wine lovers, it was from a young age that he got exposed to wine and the culture that goes with it.

Tim has travelled to dozens of wine regions across the world including those in France, Italy, California, Australia, and South Africa.

It is with great joy that he hopes to share those experiences here on wineturtle.com and take you along on the journey for a second time!

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