Have you ever gone out to dinner and wondered why there are multiple wine glasses at your setting. Sure, forks you’ve got covered but glasses? Today we’ll deconstruct the types of glasses and let you know what you should have in your cabinet.

Types of Wine Glasses

There are many types of wine glasses.Wine Folly chart of types of wine glasses 

You’re likely familiar with standard wine glasses and flutes. Standard wine glasses are broken into different shapes to enhance flavors and aromas of different wines. In addition there are tulip and coupe glasses along with those stemless tumblers many people are using.

When we use the term “standard” with wine glasses it does not refer to one particular set of dimensions but rather than general idea of the glass: a fuller bowl and more narrow rim. There are different styles, some are extra large and ballooned while others have more of an angle. Despite this, they are all meant to do the same thing. Standard wine glasses are constructed to allow room for aerating the wine but taper to concentrate the bouquet.Standard Wine Glasses are wider on the bottom and narrow toward the top

Flutes are tall, thin glasses often referred to as champagne glasses. The tall, narrow shape keeps the bubbles together and slows down the flattening process. They also make for a gorgeous presentation of sparkling wines.Champagne Flute

Coupe, Tulip & Tumblers

Coupe and tulip glasses offer a gorgeous, vintage look to parties and pictures. Coupe glasses are great for building champagne towers. For wine bloggers and instagrammers these are great for stylized photos. They also look beautiful in a retro-inspired kitchen or bar.

Tumblers are casual, sturdy and unpretentious. They are great for picnics and grabbing a glass any time of day.

What Are The Best Wine Glasses For My Collection?

If you’re nervous about the amount of glasses we’re going to tell you to buy, no need. Unless you run a wine bar or high end restaurant, you don’t need all of these glasses. For the casual enjoyer we recommend having one set of three sets of glasses and we’re not alone in this. Wine Folly, Williams Sonoma and other industry leaders agree that there are only three styles of glass you need in your kitchen.

Cabernet Glass

Use a cabernet glass, which is a taller standard glass, for serving all of your reds. These glasses offer red wines room to breathe and also more room than smaller standard glasses so that you can check out the wine’s viscosity, hue, and rim variation.

Sauvignon Blanc Glass

This glass, a standard but more compact one, is perfect for your whites. The distinct shape makes sure that the aromas of even your most delicate whites don’t escape.


While you could serve your bubbles in any glass (even a juice or pint glass, let’s be honest), having flutes on hand for those times when you break out the bubbles.

Having 4-6 of each of these three glasses on hands will meet all of your wine needs.

A Word on Tumblers

While stemless glasses are casual, easy to clean and sturdy, they are not something we recommend. When enjoying wine the recommended serving temperature is meant to offer the prime experience which includes enjoying the wine as it warms up. Tumblers warm up faster because they do not have a stem to keep your body temperature from heating the wine too quickly.

You can build a collection of glasses economically and slowly. And when you're ready to taste the difference, come down to the shop and we'll help you pick some wines to taste.