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Which glass for Portuguese/Spanish reds?

comestible Dec 17, 2008 08:25 PM

Hi. I'm getting a set of wine glasses for a holiday gift but am not sure what to ask for. We drink medium-bodied Portuguese and Spanish reds as our daily wines...would these work best in a bordeaux glass or a burgundy glass?


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    Brad Ballinger RE: comestible Dec 18, 2008 05:57 AM

    There are many differennt typss of Spanish reds and Portuguese reds. But Bordeaux.

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      bubbles4me RE: Brad Ballinger Dec 18, 2008 06:04 AM

      I second the Bordeaux glass...more all purpose. I find that wines with a fair amount of wood, (which quite a few Spanish reds do) suffer in a Burgundy glass, may just be me but the wood seems more assertive when swirled in a Burgundy glass.

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      zin1953 RE: comestible Dec 18, 2008 06:58 AM

      One with no holes, one that doesn't leak.

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        tmso RE: zin1953 Dec 18, 2008 07:17 AM

        I prefer a glass with a single hole on one end, myself.

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          zin1953 RE: tmso Dec 18, 2008 08:48 AM

          Yeah, well . . . what do you want from me after only one cup of coffee??? ;^)

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        comestible RE: comestible Dec 18, 2008 09:11 AM

        Anyway, let me provide more detail in that these house wines are inexpensive and medium-bodied. As for the presence of wood...hmmm, I haven't been paying enough attention, or my lousy glassware isn't delivering much. Some, like the tempranillos, are on the light side. However, we like the occasional Calif. zin or cab, which would give weight to the bordeaux side of the scale.

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          girobike RE: comestible Dec 18, 2008 12:20 PM

          Try http://www.wineglassguide.com/

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            wineglas RE: girobike Dec 19, 2008 05:50 AM

            Already said Bordeaux

            I serve most of my wines in a Bordeaux glass. If you are drinking good Pinot then you must serve in a Burg Glass.

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          comestible RE: comestible Dec 19, 2008 02:41 PM

          Thanks to all who replied. Based on your replies and inflo gleaned elsewhere, I'm going to go with Bordeaux style. Now, it's just a matter of how freakin' big I want the bowl of the glass to be! :)

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            RicRios RE: comestible Dec 19, 2008 03:48 PM

            It doesn't need to be freakin'big.
            INAO standard shape & size would suit perfectly the intended purpose.

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