How To Choose & Care For The Perfect Red Wine Glass

If you listen to the experts, it sounds that choosing a red wine glass is just as involved and even confusing as the selection of the red wine to put in it. So many shapes and sizes — how do you decide?

Many wine glasses seem to have been designed for you to get the most out of a specific type of red wine. Some, like the ones from the Riedel Company, are shaped to direct the wine to the right part of your mouth. These are really special wine glasses that add to the enjoyment of the wine and the occasion. If you are looking for an everyday red wine glass that is right for you, you do not have to follow strict rules. Your sense of style should be the deciding factor. After all, it is you who will be using them for your own enjoyment!

As you continue to explore and enjoy red wine, you may find a type that you fall in love with.

A red wine glass designed for that type of wine will enhance your enjoyment. You may want to consider a hand-blown red wine glass from the Riedel Company, or a Waterford crystal wine glass, or a beautiful Spiegelau wine glass.

Always remember when buying glassware: It is the special occasion that makes drinking your red wine a memorable event. Expensive glassware may accentuate it, but it is never the primary source for your enjoyment of red wine.

Tasting experts like to suggest to you how to choose a red wine glass. Their advice may be helpful to you, if you are trying to explore a certain wine or judge a particular vintage. But to savor your glass of wine and the moment, any red wine glass you choose will be the right one for you.

What the experts say…

Tasting experts say for non-sparkling red wines, the best glasses are clear, plain and have a stem. Crystal wine glasses, colored wine glasses and stemless red wine glasses prevent you from seeing the true color of the wine. Your visual senses are an important part of the delights that red wine brings into your life. However, let your sense of style be your guide to choosing the perfect red wine glass.


Experts say the bowl of the glass should be round, elongated in the middle and tapered at the top. All good wine glasses resemble the shape of a tulip. This shape is perfect for swirling the wine in the glass to mix it with the partially trapped air in the glass and release the wonderful aromas.

How to fill your wine glass

Fill your glass only one-third full. That way the wine has a good opportunity to mix with the air above it. And when you swirl it, you do not run a great risk of a spill. This is especially important if you want to release the sulfites from the wine.

You should also keep in mind the perfect serving temperature for the wine you are pouring.

How to wash your wine glasses

If you really value your prized glassware and do not want them to break, it is best to wash them by hand. I use a small amount of soap and rinse them with hot water. I dry them with a paper towel or a soft dishcloth.

If I don’t get around to washing them on the night I use them, I put a little water in the glass to prevent the few drops of wine leftover from drying out. I find that it is much easier to clean them thoroughly the next day, if I do that.

You can put certain red wine glasses in the dishwasher. The glasses I have from wine tasting at vineyards are sturdy enough for that method. Some experts say that you should always wash your wine glasses separately from your other dishes and without soap. This prevents any oil or soap from coating the glass surfaces and affecting the taste of your wine the next time you use your wine glasses. So far I have not run into such a problem.

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Excellent Australian Red Wine Makers You Must Try

The most popular types of Australian red wine are Shiraz (Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Most are big, bold wines, because the grapes in Australia get a lot of sunshine.

Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most popular of all four types of wine. Shiraz is spicy and full-bodied. Australian Cabernet Sauvignon is medium to full-bodied and very dry. These two wines are often mixed for a dry, yet fruity wine.

Where are the Australian Wine Regions?

Most of the Australian wine regions are located in the southeastern portion of the country. They span the three states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. A few wineries also grow grapes in the south western portion of Australia, near Perth in Western Australia. There are also a few wineries in Tasmania.

What Are Some Great Australian Red Wines?

Yellow Tail Wine

This could not be a page about Australian wine if I didn’t mention this brand. Yellow Tail wine is the most popular of all Australian red wines. This winery is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and red wine blends.

Penfolds Wine

Penfolds wine has a long history of producing quality Australian red wines. The first Penfolds wine was actually made for medicinal purposes.

Jacobs Creek

This famous Australian red wine maker produces Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a variety of red wine blends.
Greg Norman Wine This is a winery that produces wine in Australia and in California. Greg Norman wine from Australia is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, Shiraz, Zinfandel, red wine blends and reserve selections.

Rosemount Wine

Rosemount Estate is another winery with a long history of making Australian wine. This was the first company to plant vines in the Upper Hunter Valley, starting in 1864. Since then, they have won many awards for their quality Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and red wine blends.

Pillar Box

Pillar Box Wine is a brand produced by the Longbottom family in Padthaway, South Australia. The Pillar Box Red is the most famous of the wines, it is a red wine blend. Pillar Box also has Shiraz and reserve blends.

Barossa Valley Estate

Barossa Valley Estate Winery produces five brands under its label: E&E, Ebenezer, E Bass, E Minor and Entourage. They specialize in Shiraz (including Sparkling Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and red wine blends.

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate is a winery in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. The location was actually discovered by Robert Mondavi. Leeuwin Estate specializes in Shiraz and red wine blends.


Mollydooker wine is considered by some wine experts to be some of the best Australian wine. It is made in McLaren Vale, very close to Adelaide. Mollydooker specializes in Shiraz (including Sparkling Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and red wine blends.

Wolf Blass Wine

Wolf Blass wine specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and red wine blends. These are made under five labels – Yellow, Gold, Grey, Black and Platinum.


Yalumba wine was founded in 1849 by English immigrants. It is now being made by the fifth generation of that family. Yalumba specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Grenache, organic wines and red wine blends.

Spanish Wines – Delicious Wines From Spain

Spanish wines are getting better and better with every year. You may have tried the famous wines made in the northern regions, but get ready for the rest of Spain. There are many up-and-coming regions that are beginning to export their delicious red wines now as well.

Here you will discover famous wine regions, newer wine regions, their wines, find out about that famous Spanish fortified wine called Sherry, sweet wine, where to go for Spain wine tours and more.

Spanish Red Wines

Spanish red wines are traditionally made from a select set of grapes, namely:


  • Garnacha (Grenache, in France)
  • Monastrell (Mourvedre, in France)

Some wine regions in Spain specialize in making delicious wines with just one of these types of grapes.

Other regions use different types of grapes and are experimenting with grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and even Syrah.

Spanish Wine Regions

The most famous of all the wine regions are in the north. They are: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Penedes.

Rioja wine is the most famous of all wines from Spain.

Ribera del Duero wine comes from an area on the Duero River in northwestern Spain. It is part of Castile-Leon, a larger appellation.

Penedes and Priorat wine come from appellations within the appellation of Catalonia, near Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea.

Up-and-coming wine regions in Spain include:

  • Murcia
  • Aragon
  • Navarra
  • La Mancha
  • Valencia
  • Balearic Islands
  • And more
  • Sherry Wine

Sherry wine is made in Andalucia, in southern Spain. It is a fortified, sweet wine that became very famous in England after Sir Francis Drake brought it home after attacking the Cadiz in 1587.

There are many different kinds of Sherry wine that you must try. Find out how each Sherry wine tastes so you can choose the best one for you.

Sweet Spanish Wine

Sweet wine is made in Malaga and Valencia. Find out what these wines taste great with and how they are made.

Sangria Wine

Sangria wine is a real treat. It was originally enjoyed by Spaniards on hot summer nights, but you can drink it any time now.

Spain Wine Tours

Spain wine tours are a wonderful way to explore the wines of Spain. Whether you go wine tasting in Barcelona or tour wineries in Rioja, or visit where Sherry is made, you will enjoy every second of it.