Large bowl collects and preserves all the subtle aromas. Narrow rim curves to embrace acidity and sweetness when it meets the mouth. Made of fine crystal. Apt for other aromatic reds. Dishwasher safe.
High cost for a pair. Glasses are tall and wide.
Tritan crystal was developed in 2001 by adding titanium oxide and zirconium oxide to make the glasses break-resistant and with crystal brilliance. The 18-ounce glasses are nicely weighted and fit well in the hand, while the geometric look is clean and modern.
Some felt the glasses were a little thick and too contemporary-looking.
The SON.hyx glass is smooth and can even resist fingerprints. Smooth, with a wide bowl, these are durable and classy. Comes with a 25 year guarantee that covers discoloration as well as rim and foot chipping.
Check the dimensions, since they don’t fit in all wine glass racks.
The machine-made, lightweight glasses are infused with magnesium for strength and European crystal to stop clouding. Dishwasher safe, they also come with a 10-Year limited warranty with breakages replaced for free. Nicely weighted, impressive looking and are durable without being too thick.
They are quite large, and although strong and break resistant, they aren't break proof.
The bowl shape is clean and modern looking, as well as being ideal for full-bodied red wines, directing the flow of the wine and balancing the acidity. Lead-free crystal preserves the taste.
These are sold as dishwasher safe, but are very delicate and may require hand washing.
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Great care and thought go into making a delicious bottle of wine. And care and thought should go into choosing and drinking one, too. Using just any old glass to enjoy wine means not only potentially missing out on all the subtle aromas and tastes but even possibly turning a quality drink into something substandard, too. That’s why it’s important to use the right glass for the type of wine, including pinot noir.
Wine glasses work to enhance aromas and aerate the wine. One size (and shape) does not fit all wines, however. Every type of wine is enhanced, or not, by the glass it's in. The size and shape of the glass dictate whether the wine releases aromas into the air or collects them in the glass. The shape of the glass can also affect temperature and evaporation and mitigate bitterness.
While there are countless wine glass shapes available, there are a few main types that cater to more popular wines. If you enjoy pinot noir, there is a specific wine glass for you. Our buying guide offers more information to aid your search, as well as some of our favorites.
While most commonly used to make red wine, the pinot noir grape can also be used to make white, rosé, and sparkling wine. Pinot noir is the world’s most popular light-bodied red, made in France, Germany, the United States, Chile, and Australia. Because it’s not heavy or bitter, it can be enjoyed in all seasons, alone or with a meal.
This light- (sometimes medium-) bodied, dry red wine has a low tannin level, which means less bitterness, and a medium to high acidity level. Its primary flavors are of red fruits, such as raspberries, cherries, and strawberries. Other notes include hibiscus, mushroom, and clove. Pinot noirs made in France (Old World pinot noir) tend to be earthier and more floral, while those made in California are fruity and spicy. Whichever type you prefer, pinot noir offers a lot of intriguing variations.
Pinot noir should be enjoyed in an aroma collector, also known as a Burgundy glass. This glass is much wider than other wine glasses and tends to be slightly shorter. The rim is narrower, not unlike that on a snifter, because, as the name suggests, it traps the aromas of the wine instead of releasing them like other glasses. An aroma collector may or may not have a stem, and that stem may be short or long. Some aroma collectors are slightly more angular than round, but the lower part of the bowl is always wider and larger than the rim.
While pinot noir glasses aren’t as tall as some other wine glasses, they are wider, so you’ll want to consider where you’re going to store them. They can take up a lot of room in a cupboard, especially if you also have glasses for other types of wine. You might want to think about getting a bar cart or a hanging wine glass rack so they can be stored more efficiently.
Wine glasses sold in sets tend to be cheaper per glass than buying them individually. Consider the number of people will be drinking pinot noir. If you host frequent gatherings, you may need more glasses. Also note that investing in wine glasses means accepting the fact that they can and will break. Accidents happen, so take into consideration that you might have to buy more in the future.
Pinot noir wine glasses are available with or without a stem. The shape and size of the glass, not the stem, are what affect the aroma and taste of the wine. However, a stemmed wine glass is preferred for chilled wines because holding the glass in your hand will slowly warm the wine. Stemless glasses are studier and less likely to tip over, but they can quickly become covered in fingerprints.
Decanter: Final Touch Aerator and Decanter Set
Pinot noir should be decanted for 30 minutes before drinking. We love this decanter and aerator from Final Touch that will do the job in style and help your wine taste great.
Wine charms: Fred and Friends Wine Lives Kitty Drink Markers
Keep track of who’s drinking out of which glass with unique wine charms. This set of cute cat markers will come in handy at your next gathering.
Corkscrew: Foho Wing Corkscrew
Most bottles of red have a cork that needs to be removed before enjoying the wine. Grab this wing corkscrew from Foho to easily remove the cork.
Wine preserver: OXO Wine Saver
Don’t feel pressured to rush through an entire bottle, and don’t let any wine go to waste. This OXO wine saver will keep your bottle from aerating too quickly and prolong its taste and aroma for days.
Inexpensive: For under $30, you can find a set of two stemmed or stemless pinot noir glasses.
Mid-range: Spend in the range of $30 to $50 and you can find a set of four or six pinot noir glasses with or without stems.
Expensive: For over $50, you can find a set of four, six, or eight elegant pinot noir glasses, likely with stems.
Q. How do I wash pinot noir wine glasses?
A. While many wine glasses are dishwasher safe, that doesn’t mean you should wash them that way. As mentioned, these glasses are delicate, and any jostling of dishes in the dishwasher can potentially break them. Stemless glasses are much sturdier and safer in a dishwasher. Still, it’s preferable to wash wine glasses by hand.
Q. What other wine or beverages can I drink from pinot noir glasses?
A. Many lighter-bodied red wines with potent aromas can be enjoyed in an aroma collector glass, as well as oaked chardonnays and rosés. As you may not be investing in a wide range of glasses for every kind of wine, some full-bodied reds can also be enjoyed in an aroma collector as well. However, these should be decanted for at least 30 minutes, and even up to an hour, to account for a glass that’s smaller than ideal. Avoid using these glasses for dry white or sparkling wines.
Q. Does the type of glass really affect the taste of the wine?
A. Wine is complex. Just as drinking a draught beer from a martini glass would affect the taste and other qualities of the beer, the type of glass you drink wine from can make a difference. You can test this out at home. Pour a decent bottle of wine into different glasses, including a water glass and an aroma collector. Smelling and tasting the wine from different glasses will demonstrate how great an effect the right glass has.
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