Choose the right glass for your wine

A few years back I was at a wine tasting night and I learnt something which changed the whole way I now drink wine. We all have our preferences on the varietal but did you know that the type of glass you drink it from can make it taste completely different?

This particular night I was blind folded and given three wines to drink. One was in a plastic wine glass, another was a thick small wine glass and the third was a large fine wine glass. I was asked to give my opinion on all three wines. I was quite vocal on the first two saying it was cheap wine which I thought was sharp and dry. The third I enjoyed immensely, smooth and full of flavour where I could recognise the aroma and varietal.

At the end of the experiment I was informed that it was the same wine in all three glasses, a Hunter Valley Shiraz. The difference was unbelievable and it was all due to the glass I was drinking it from. Red wine needs a large glass where there is space above the wine to collect aromas and also to allow the tannin in the wine to smooth out.

Besides the size and shape wine glasses now come with or without stems. From my experience white wine is best drank from a glass with a stem. This keeps the wine cooler as your hands aren't touching the area where the wine is. The stemless version I find is good for reds and for anyone with clumsy people around!

White Wine Glasses:

White wine glasses are smaller than their red companions and this is to help contain the concentration of aromas. The glass design also tends to keep wine cooler as well as expressing more acidity in the wine. Acidity in a white wine is the backbone to the wine, it makes you salivate after you have sipped the wine.

These smaller glasses also help to preserve the floral aromas found in white wine, like peach, apple blossom and rose.

Red Wine Glasses:

Red wine glasses have a wider opening at the top and are larger than white glasses. This allows it to take longer for the wine to get to your mouth and to aerate the wine which in turns softens the wine and allows it to open up. Some red wines have dry tannins which is what makes your mouth feel tacky and dry, and choosing the right glass helps this. Another way is to decanter your wine, you can find our blog on decanters here.

Sparkling Wine Glasses:

The main job of a champagne flute is to keep the bubbles alive in your glass and this is done by having a long thin bowl and a small opening at the top, particularly for dry sparkling wine. If you are drinking a fruitier sparkling wine like a prosecco or a rosé then a wider opening in a little bigger bowl can help release the aromas.

When drinking your sparkling wine try not to swirl the wine, it is only natural to do this but it disperses the bubbles and makes the wine go flat.

Dessert Wine Glasses:

Dessert wine glasses are small in volume so the alcohol doesn't evaporate too quickly from the glass. Most fortified wines are around the 18% alc/v mark and just need to be sipped. These wines include Botrytis Semillon, Fortified Shiraz and late harvest wines. Pair them with a dessert or just enjoy after a meal with cheese and raisins.

With restrictions on travel due to Covid-19 we have decided to promote a wine deal which I am sure you won't be able to resist. Vinifera is a family-owned organic vineyard in Mudgee, where Tony and Debbie McKendry planted the vines over 20 years ago. Their wines are delightful to drink and I have quite a collection in my cellar!

We have two wines for you to choose from, a white and a red.

With a warm climate in Mudgee in 2017 the season delivered an elegant crisp Semillon. Semi-dry with green apple and citrus on the nose and lime mixed with herbaceous characters on the palate this wine offers a refreshing finish. Pair with shellfish or chicken, or quail in a creamy sauce.

The 2017 Gran Tinto is a blend of Shiraz, Garnacha and Tempranillo and is a medium to full-bodied wine. Deep in colour and rich in aroma enjoy the mocha, berries and cherries when you give the wine a swirl. It has great length and a lovely softness due to the wine being finished in French and American oak. Pair with a lasagne or a smoky BBq dish.

To receive 30% off both of these wines click the link below, the offer is only valid for 7 days.

Vinifera Wine Deals

Situated between 50-80kms away from Melbourne CBD, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley wine regions are 2 of the closest wine regions to Melbourne and in our opinion, 2 of the best. The Yarra Valley is the most well known internationally and with tourists and leans towards Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, while Mornington Peninsula is a real foodie destination for those based in Melbourne and the main focus is Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of other options including a large range of other wine varieties, beers, ciders, distilleries, dairies and chocolateries. Both are also beautiful with great scenery to match the gourmet produce.

Below are 2 of our favourite spots from the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley.

Mornington Peninsula:

Gorgeous view at the Morning Sun Winery

Morning Sun

A family owned vineyard that feels like a little slice of Italy, in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. Once you arrive at Morning Sun, you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from the beckoning vineyard views that sweep across the property. The vineyard was named as such because the property sits at the top of a lush green valley that each day welcomes the morning sun across its many rows of hand planted vines. If you do manage to make it inside the cellar door for a tasting, you’ll be greeted with friendly faces and rewarded with some of the loveliest award-winning wines in the region.

Enjoy a cider at the Old Apple Shed

Old Apple Shed

The charm of the Old Apple Shed is unparalleled anywhere on the Mornington Peninsula. Rustic and unpretentious both in its fit out and character, this is a casual old shed with a big heart, great wines and amazing ciders. Whether you’re enjoying the sunshine in the outdoor tasting area, or inside picking a tune on the jukebox, one thing is for certain, you’ll always have a great time and tasting at the Old Apple Shed. With a pretty extensive range of wines on offer, the real drawcard here is the cider and ginger beer. Made with the freshest fruit and no artificial sweeteners, these ciders fly out the door by the case-load. Taste the full range which includes apple; pear; strawberry and passionfruit, as well as their crowd pleasing alcoholic ginger beer.

Yarra Valley:

Kellybrook Winery and Distillery

Kellybrook Winery and Distillery

Tucked away on the outskirts of the Yarra Valley in Wonga Park, we find Kellybrook Winery and Distillery. As you arrive you’ll be greeted by their vine lined slopes and a charming and warm cellar door. Take a seat by the cosy fire place, or set-up a picnic out in the garden.

Originally an apple orchard in the 70s and one of the original plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Gewurtztraminer in the region. It’s any wonder this hidden gem is still producing some really outstanding wines and ciders today.

Learn how to make Gin at the Four Pillars Distillery

Four Pillars Distillery

One of the most easily recognisable Australian names in gin, Four Pillars Distillery has become a top destination in the Valley for good times, hip vibes and amazing gin.

The atmosphere here together with their informative tastings are a real treat, no matter what your level of interest in gin might be. You’ll learn all about the distillation process and become an expert on the art of gin tasting with up to five gins from their range ready for you to sip and discover your favourite.

To book a tour of either of these regions try Wine Compass Mornington Peninsula or

Wine Compass Yarra Valley where their team will look after you.

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