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Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

choosing stemware and pouring wine
The size and shape of a wine glass can greatly affect the taste of a wine. Next time you have some wine, try the same wine from a variety of glasses - such as a juice glass, thick coffee mug, paper cup and wine glass - and compare. The difference can be surprising.  
Tulip Shape

The best glasses for wine are made of thin, clear crystal, with a rim no thicker than the sides of the glass. The glass should be tulip-shaped, with an ample bowl for swirling and a narrower opening at the top to concentrate the aromas. The stem should be long enough to be held comfortably without touching the bowl, but not so long that the glass tips over...

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