How Glass Shape Can Make or Break Your Wine-Drinking Experience

A guide to getting that perfect pour!

Alexandra Walker-Jones
4 min readJan 21, 2024

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Greetings, aficionados of effervescence! As we delve into specifics, let’s raise a toast to the rich history of wine glasses….

A Brief History of Glassware

The origins of glassware trace back to ancient civilizations (all the way back to Mesopotamia around 3500 BCE), where they were largely a symbol of status.

The Romans, prolific glassmakers, likely had some form of glass vessels for drinking wine, but it would have been most common for wine to be consumed from metal or wooden vessels, during this time.

The Renaissance, however, marked a turning point for glassware. With advancements in glassmaking techniques, the production of glass vessels became more widespread. Stem and a foot wine glasses first appeared in the late 16th century, and caught on quickly with wine enthusiasts due to the ease with which they could now appreciate the colour and/or clarity of the wine.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the shape of wine glasses continued to evolve. Glasses with a wider bowl for red wines and a narrower bowl for white wines were increasingly produced.

Finally, the development of crystal glass in the 18th century added brilliance and clarity to glassware, making it even more popular among the upper class. With the understanding that the shape of a glass can directly influence the perception of aromas and flavour.

Fast forward to today, we’re now spoilt for choice. There exists a wide variety of wine glasses available, each designed to enhance the unique characteristics of different wine styles.

Thus, with choice comes the responsibility to pick right — especially when pouring a bottle as distinctively delicious as our Prodolce Italian sparkling wine (pictured above)!

The Elegant Flute

There’s a reason the flute is synonymous with sparkling wines.

Its tall and slender design showcases the bubble trails of Prodolce beautifully. The narrow opening captures the wine’s delicate aromas, letting the subtle notes of pear, mandarin orange, and honeysuckle flirt with your senses.

When enjoying Prodolce from a flute, you’re not just tasting the wine; you’re enveloped by the sheer occasion that each bubbly sip from the right flute glass can provide.

The Coupe: An Ode to Gatsby-esque Glamour

The coupe, with its shallow and broad bowl, screams vintage charm.

Its design allows the wine to breathe, emphasizing the breadth of aromas. But, because of the larger surface area, the bubbles in your Prodolce might play a quicker encore before retiring.

Yet, if you’re a fan of aromatic richness, the coupe could very well be your glass du jour.

Tulip Glass: The Unsung Hero

Somewhere between the flute and the coupe lies the tulip glass.

Its wider middle and narrowed top aim to combine the best of both worlds.

It gives Prodolce’s bubbles room to play while retaining its fragrance. It is an excellent choice for those undecided between the flute and the coupe.

Prodolce’s Unique Personality

Our Prodolce isn’t just another sparkling wine; it’s an ode to innovation and tradition.

With a sweetness that nestles uniquely between a vast range of drier sparkling wines, Prodolce offers an unparalleled, subtely sweeter tasting experience.

Given its sheer delectability, Prodolce calls for a glass that complements its complexity and history.

How the Right Glass Enhances Flavour

The shape of a wine glass affects the wine’s contact with the air, influencing how its aromas are released, and for how long the bubbles of a sparkling wine are maintained.

With Prodolce’s nuanced profile, the right glass can enhance the notes of honeydew, citrus-laced fruits, and its gentle sweetness, making every sip an event to savour.

The Final Toast

Our journey with Prodolce, from its conception at the bar of a wedding to its reality today, has been one of equal parts passion and precision.

Just as we were particular about using the finest Garganega & Moscato grapes and keeping the alcohol content just right, we encourage you to be discerning in your choice of glassware — but to ultimately go with whatever it is you most like!

Always remember this Prodolce mantra in parting: “Life is too fleeting for anything but the best — be it the wine you drink or the glass you drink it from.”

To moments of sparkle, legacy, and unparalleled joy.

Cheers!

Want to know more? Then get in touch with our team today, or why not try Prodolce for yourself, by purchasing one of our two packs or cases of six bottles?

Alexandra Walker-Jones — January 2024

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Alexandra Walker-Jones

Content writer and published author in the plant-based health and wellness sphere. I’m just here to learn! awalkerjones.com