As one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s premiere luxury inns in the heart of wine country, it is no wonder guests’ primary reason for coming to this region is to enjoy wine. Whether they are sipping it on our porch, in our lovely Parlour in front of a roaring fireplace or at one of the many incredible tasting rooms or vineyards here, good wine was meant to be savored and enjoyed.
There is actually an art to enjoying good wine, but it is carefully blended with a science, too. Your tongue is designed to pick up certain flavors in certain areas of it. Therefore, the area of the tongue that is most sensitive to sweetness will enjoy sweet wines that are poured into the mouth in a way that sends the wine to those areas of the tongue first. So the shape of the wine glass determines the path the wine takes through your mouth and which taste buds the wine reaches.
There are four areas of the tongue that sense wine specifically:
The standard , globe-shaped wine glass that is most commonly used (and that are generally used by caterers and rental companies for events) is called a Burgundy glass and is great for Chardonnay or Pinot Noir as it directs the wine to a wider path of the mouth.
Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blancs are best enjoyed in a more narrow wine glass, Bordeaux.
When working with your caterer on your event or planning an event of your own, agree to a pour size for your wine for your guests. Most glasses that are rented for events are 9-12 oz. and a general pour size for catered events is about 5 oz. Discuss in advance the size of the pour you would like for your guests. If wine is important to your meal, then choosing the right glass is paramount to ensure your guests are experiencing every nuance of the wine, which most likely was thoughtfully chosen to complement the meal. Enjoying the food and wine together the way they were meant to be enjoyed results in enjoying a masterpiece of an experience.
This Article Originally Written by Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events and is re-shared with her permission