If you are going to pay for a nice Cab, it pays to drink it from a nice glass. The science may be a little boring what with the volatile esters, temperature fluctuations, and the swirling oenophiles spend years perfecting. But, the main idea is that a Cabernet, perhaps more than most wines, needs a little space to breathe and compose itself.
So, which glass will let you get the most out of your Cabernet Sauvignon?
More is more when it comes to the choice of which glass to use when pouring your guests a fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Most of the wines these days—particularly the bold, high-alcohol Napa-style wines—need to relax in a decently-sized glass.
Let’s take a look at a few of the best wine glasses on the market today.
Riedel has long been the “go to” glass when it comes to wine. Germans certainly have a “vorsprung durch technik” when it comes to manufacturing, and Riedel has been making stemware in Bohemia since 1756. Currently based in Kufstein in Austria, they offer countless styles, shapes, sizes, and accessories to improve your wine tasting experience.
I highly recommend the Riedel Ouverture Red Wine Glasses for a Cabernet Sauvignon. These make wonderful all-round glasses for other red wines, too. The Ouvertures have all the features that you’d expect from a nice Bordeaux-style wine glass, yet are affordably-priced.
With a big bowl to get sufficient air into even the tightest Cabs, this delicate glass offers a pleasant sipping experience. A thick, heavy glass is usually a sign of lesser quality, but the Riedels are satisfyingly airy and light.
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Fusions also make for excellent wine glasses, and are quite competitively-priced. Fusion might be newcomers to the scene, at least when compared to their Austrian rivals, but they have a huge and ever-increasing following. One of their selling points is that the glasses they produce are resistant to breaking and cracking.
I have used both brands extensively. I can tell you from experience that a Fusion glass is indeed less likely to break. I’ve seen them knocked over onto a marble countertop and survive unscathed. For a Cabernet, the Fusion Infinity Cabernet/Merlot Wine Glasses are ideal.
These glasses have all the features you’d expect from a Bordeaux-style, but are distinguished by the profile of the bowl. The unique shape makes the Fusion Infinity stand out from more traditional glasses.
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If you find yourself breaking glasses on a regular basis, you might want to go even stronger than the Fusions. They don’t come much tougher than the MICHLEY Unbreakable Wine Glasses. Made of Tritan plastic, these are THE glasses to get if safety is at the top of your priorities. Not only are they shatterproof, they’re also BPA- and EA-certified free.
While some may thumb their nose at plastic glassware, the reality is that sometimes you need something sturdy. If you are entertaining outside, but still want a nice Bordeaux-style glass for your Cabernet Sauvignon, these are perfect.
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While we’re on the topic of Cabs, it’s worth considering getting yourself a nice decanter. Decanters allow Cabs to start opening up before they even get into your glass. While it’s true you don’t need to decant every wine, it’s equally true that nearly every wine will benefit from decanting. One of my favorites is the Amlong Crystal Lead Free Crystal Wine Decanter. This model is elegant, strong, and pours flawlessly.
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The real takeaway here is that Cabernet needs a Bordeaux glass to truly show its depth, breadth, and complexity. A good glass is an investment. A $40 bottle of wine can taste like a $5 bottle if you drink it from a red plastic cup. Meanwhile, a $10 bottle of wine can pass for one twice the price if served in the correct glass.
Any of the models mentioned in this list will bring out the best in a Cabernet. Salut!
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