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The enjoyment of wine is not necessarily dictated by what glass the wine is drunk from, but a wine glass is shaped in such a way to enhance the characteristics of a wine type. Crystal Wine Glasses by nature of their construction, clarity and strength can also futher enhance a particular wine.
 
Why a Crystal Wine Glass? 
 
Lead Crystal is stronger than glass and so quite often it is made thinner, especially at the lip. This excludes cut crystal glasses and more contemporary patterns such as Jasper Conran Crystal Wine Glasses. This means that heat can transfer quickily, when required, and as little comes between the wine and the mouth.
 
Crystal has a great clarity, so you can enjoy the wine colour of the wine with no distortion.
 
Crystal also has a presence, and feel, and with a greater range and better prices you can enjoy wine in style.
  
Red Bordeaux Glasses
Red Bordeaux needs time to reveal its full complexities of bouquet and flavor. This large glass, with a fairly wide bowl and tapering sides, allows maximum contact with air, to allow the wine to develop, and the wine to release its tannins.
 
 
Red Burgundy Glasses
Red Burgundy releases its aromas very quickly after the bottle is opened. This red wine glass, with its wider bowl and more tapering sides, maximizes the development of the wine's perfume, and hold the bouquet in the neck of the glass.
 
Champagne flutes
The great joy of Champagne is the bubbles. This narrow Champagne flute preserves the bubbles in the wine and keeps it fizzy longer. The long stem reduces the hand contact with the glass so the champagne does not get hot too quickly. Part of the appeal of champagne is of course the bubbles and these long thin glasses allow one to view their progress upwards.  
 
Red wine Glasses
The classic red wine glass will be good for any sort of wine. It should be tulip-shaped, the bowl is big enough to fill half full, and you still get a decent glassful. It should be generous enough to be able to swirl the wine about, to admire the color and the bouquet.
 
White wine Glasses
The bowl of a classic white wine glass is smaller than that of a red wine glass. White wine doesn't need to breathe as much and its bouquet doesn't develop as dramatically. As white wine is served chilled, a smaller glass will ensure you visit the wine cooler regularly.  
Wine Goblets
A goblet is a glass holding more than four ounces (about 0.1 ltr) of liquid. It sounds a little grand to have wine goblets but there is nothing better than filling a glass large glass in front of your favourite TV programme.
  
Port Glasses
Port is a strong, sweet wine and is drunk in small measures. The classic port glass has a relatively modest capacity, but that doesn't stop you refilling it each time the decanter comes round. Port, Maderia and sherry glasses are all very similar in shape and size.
  
Brandy Glasses
  
Brandy Glasses are low and wide at the base, and the top of the glass is quite narrowly funnelled.
The idea behind this shape is that the hand gently warms the liquid, usually Brandy or Armagnac, and the vapours are released and held at the top of the glass so you can enjoy the bouquet before the spirit. 
  
  
Wine Decanters
Decanting is pouring wine into a decanter or carafe before serving. Decanting is typically only necessary for older wines or Ports, which contain sediment that can add bitterness to the wine. Wine decanters allow the wine to breathe and may improve the flavour of some older red wines. Younger wines also benefit from the aeration and rest that decanting provides. But a wine decanter can also be used simply for aesthetic reasons. Some people even use wine decanters to conceal the identity of a wine.
Wine Coolers
The cooling of wine is only really important for White Wines, Pudding or Desert Wines, and of course Champagne. It is sometimes a matter of taste as some sweet sherry is much nicer served cool.
 
Contemporary Wine Glasses
As crystal is so good at reflecting light, many designers such as Jasper Conran and John Rocha have used this to great effect, creating contemporary designs that play on light and shape. It will not make the wine taste better, but it will certainly add a new dimension to drinking it!
 
 
 
Wine Serving Temperatures
Wine Type
°F
°C
Sparkling Wine
42-54
6-10
Rosé Wine
48-54
9-12
White Wine
48-58
9-14
Sherry (Light)
48-58
9-14
Red Wine
57-68
13-20
Fortified Wine
57-68
13-20
Sherry (Dark)
57-68
13-20
 
Cooling Wine
A bottle of wine will cool 2 °C (4 °F) for every ten minutes in the refrigerator, and will warm at about this same rate when removed from the refrigerator and left at room temperature—the temperature of the room will affect the speed with which the wine warms up. If you need to chill a bottle of wine in a hurry, 35 minutes in the freezer will do the trick.
 
  
Crystal Jugs
 
Lead crystal is strong and will easily take the stresses of being formed into larger pieces such as Pimms Jugs and Water jugs etc.
 
  
 
Waterford Crystal Wine Glasses come in a huge array of shapes, sizes and styles. From Contemporary Jasper Conran to Traditional Cut Crystal such as the Coleen pattern and Bennetts stock much of the Waterford Range.
 
Crystal
Jasper Conran for Waterford Crystal has been a wonderful partnership in design and manufacture. Jasper Conran has designed a range of glasses which are contemporary and elegant, and each of the patterns; Aura, Strata rain and Shine, highlighta a particular area of the glass, the light or the liquid inside.  
 
It is also interesting to note that Waterford Crystal was first started by George and William Penrose in 1783, only half a centuary after after Bennetts was established!
  
Caring for your Crystal 
 
  • Hand wash each crystal wine glass separately in warm soapy water.
  • Crystal Glasses can be put in the dishwasher but is is not recomended as the heat could shatter the glass, and the detergent can mark the glass.
  • Ideally rinse in clean warm water and hand dry gently with a lint free cloth.
  • The rims are the most fragile part of the glass, so try not to place the glass upside down on a draining board or when storing.
  • If you are using a crystal vase for flowers try to change th ewater frequently and avoid using plant food as this can leave a residue.
  • Take care not to leave cut crystal unattended in direct sunlight as although it looks very nice, there is an outside risk it can magnify the sun's rays and possibly cause burns or even fire.
  • To remove any sticky labels from your crystal glasses, soak for a couple of minutes in soapy water.
  • If you have any residue in decanters put in a small amount of rice with some water and swirl around. If this does not work please call us on 01332 344261 and we can send you a long "pipe brush" 
  • For more details all of our range comes with detailed care instructions from the manufacturers.
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