The Perfect Pour? | SCHOTT ZWIESEL
Why Swirling & Nosing Delivers A
To get the most enjoyment from
your wine you
need to be able to both enjoy (“nose”) its
and taste its flavour. To do that you need a wine
glass that enables you to:
- Pour wine to a point on the bowl where it
- So you can “swirl” (mix) without accident
- Releasing aroma into the unfilled part of the bowl
- So you can nose the wine prior to tasting it
Perfect Pours in Schott Zwiesel IVENTO glasses
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The perfect pour will usually be low down
widest part of the bowl. As a rough guide do not pour
above two fingers
At the point of
perfect pour your wine has the widest
surface area with which to interact with the air. You will also
have enough room to swirl without mishap.
And when you gently
“swirl” – that is mix the wine
and air in the glass - you will cause the wine to oxidise,
releasing volatile particles that you scent as the
Swirling Wine in a Schott Zwiesel AIR glass
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In order to
experience the aroma, it follows you need a
wine glass bowl big enough for you to safely introduce
Mike Froud, Publisher, Nosing
Froud, Topwinesa .com
Aroma is part of
wine appreciation. More than half of
your tasting enjoyment will come from both scenting the
wine’s bouquet with your nose before tasting the
wine’s flavours with your tongue.
By the way, shape of
the bowl is worth a mention.
Look for a design
that tends to close in toward the rim.
This helps retain aroma in the bowl and places your nose
right in the column of fragrance rising off the wine. An
open, goblet shape is no good. The aroma gets lost.
Silhouette Of The Classic
"Bordeaux" Glass Shape
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Of course, some people will disagree, but the
useful shape, especially when you are setting out
on your wine appreciation journey, is the handy
This is the typical shape of a wine tasting
glass: A bowl
that closes in toward the rim.
The shape may
have originated in the wine growing
region of the Gironde River in South-West France. Or it
was simply found to be a shape that best presented the
wines of the region.
region offers reds based on Cabernet
Sauvignon, Whites based on Sauvignon Blanc and the
sweet blend of Sauternes (Semillon/Sauvignon
It is said that the
shape of the Bordeaux glass calms the
acidity of the region’s wines.
That may have been
true before the advent of modern,
scientific blending techniques. What’s still true is that the
Bordeaux glass provides an “all round” shape that’s good
for nosing & tasting many wines.
If you feel that a
perfect pour offering is a glass half
empty, feel free to add more wine after your initial
However, if you
start with a full glass you won’t be able
to safely swirl the wine and there will also be less room to
accumulate aroma for your nose to detect.
So, there you have it: Fill the glass bowl to no
than two fingers depth. Then you can gently swirl
(without mishap) to nose the wine’s aroma before you
taste its flavour. Enjoy.