The most important glass shapes to have in your kitchen to tantalise your tastebuds.

Bordeaux Glass

When you sip your favourite red wine, the full bodied shape of the glass will oxidate it, smoothing out the flavours and then send it straight to the centre of your tongue. You will immediately experience the assertive plum flavour of the Cabernet Sauvignon, or the spicy blackcurrant tones of a Shiraz as it hits your taste buds.

Douro Reds, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Shiraz, Syrah, Nero D’avola, Malbec Priorat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Burgundy Glass

The tuliping of the rim rushes the wine to the tip of your tongue where the moderate tannins and high acidity are balanced out, thereby letting you experience the full complex intoxicating aromas of Pinot Noir and Grenache.

Lambrusco, Gamay, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, St Laurent, Cinsaut, Pinotage, Primitivo, Grenache, White wine

Mature White Wine

The whole complexion of a chilled chardonnay’s toffee aromas will be released as the upright, u-shaped bowl kick starts the taste buds on the back and sides of your tongue for a tantalising taste sensation.

Chardonnay, Viognier, Semillon

Young Light Wine

The crisp, spicy flavour of Pinot Gris, or the tangy aromatic grapefruit zing of Sauvignon Blanc will hit the side of your tongue as you take your first ice cold sip from the larger opening of this glass and rapid oxidation slightly alters the tastes.

Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Muscadet


Let those cheeky bubbles tickle your nose and your tongue as you take a delicate sip from the narrow opening of the elegant flute, keeping the rich bouquet and complex palate intact.

Dessert Wine

The sweeter the dessert, the sweeter the dessert wine, which is why the wine is directed to the back of the mouth letting you have just a taste of its rich syrup at a time.

Stemless Wine Glasses

The stemless glass is whole new wine drinking experience letting you enjoy the fruity notes or buttery smoothness of the wine without looking for somewhere to balance the delicate stem. The bowl shaped glass is still specifically designed to enhance the drinking experience of any wine lover, creating a multi-sensory experience, from nose to palette.

Martini Glass

The iconic Martini shape, beloved of 007, is a favourite for cocktail makers as the sweet, spicy, bite of the liquors will mix and swirl without separating. Margaritas, a Heavenly Haze, or Ginger Snap, will all look awe inspiring and taste sensational served in the classic cocktail glass.

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Justine Murphy

Justine is marketing director and co-owner of Kitchen Warehouse. She loves entertaining and will not refuse a good glass of wine.

2 Replies to “Glassware Guide”

  1. In your Strawberry Gin Crush recipe you call for, “ a balloon style gin glass”. It is nothing I’ve heard of, and can’t seem to find one searching through the site. Is it just a mistake?

    1. Hi Peggy,

      Great question! A balloon style gin glass can range from this style to this style and is a fairly loose term – extremely large ones can even be called fish bowls (and hold at least 1.5 litres) but we don’t tend to sell those. We hope that has cleared up some of the confusion and thanks again for your comment 🙂

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