To set up a fine dining atmosphere, knowing the tableware is essential. Concentrating on little detailing allows the person you are serving, to enjoy the gourmet being served. In a formal dining setting, there can be up to four glasses on the tabletop. To recognise which is what, we took the liberty of listing down different kinds of fine dining glasses along with their usage for you to have a look.

Let’s get to know them!

Water Goblet

Defining features: A water goblet is the most commonly used glass for a dining setup. Though they are available in different sizes and shapes, they have smaller stems with a larger holding capacity than a wine glass.  Uses: Such glasses are perfect for serving water and sparkling water. Also, remember, no matter how close they look to a wine glass, never make the mistake of serving wine in a water goblet. It’s against the table etiquettes and might seem insulting.

Juice Glass

Defining features:

Juice glasses have a typical appearance, a tall tumbler with a flat bottom. They either have straight or slightly curved sides and contain up to 10 ounces of liquid in them.

Uses:

Drinks that need heaps of ice are best served in juice glasses. Besides juice, you can serve soda, ice teas, and many other drinks too.

Sherry Glass

Defining features:

With two ounces holding capacity, sherry glass is one of the smallest fine dining glasses present on the tabletop. It has a drawn tulip-shaped bowl connected to a medium length stem.

Uses:

Though it’s called a sherry glass, you can serve any aromatic alcohol in it, including aperitifs, port, and even liqueurs.

Red Wine Glass

Defining features:

The size of a red wine glass may vary, yet they should be large enough to swirl a glass that’s filled to a third.

Uses:

Such glasses are suitable only to serve the Reds, yet, some red wines like Bordeaux and Burgundy have customised glasses.

White Wine Glass

Defining features:

Compared to red wine glasses, white wines have quite a smaller bowl and, at times, a taller stem.

Uses:

Such glasses are best only to serve whites. Yet, certain types of white wines need comparatively smaller mouth shaped glasses.

Dessert Wine Glass

Defining features:

Since dessert wines have high alcohol content, they are slightly smaller than regular wine glasses.

Uses:

Sweet wines that pair well with dessert are perfect to be served in it. These wines might include bum wine, ice wine, Madeira, and a lot more.

Champagne Flute

Defining features:

Champagne flutes are one of the top-notch fine dining glasses ever created. They have many different names, including tall flute or tulip glass. It has a capacity of four ounces and has a tall stem connecting to a slender, conical bowl bestowing it with an oomph look.

Uses:

Anything that’s bubbling, including Champagne, sparkling wine, even cocktails, can be served in it.

Cocktail Glass

Defining features:

Such glasses are the most classic iteration. They have a capacity of four ounces and have stemmed bases with a wide top.

Uses:

Martini and cocktail glass are a match made in heaven, but you can surely serve other mixed cocktails such as Manhattan or a Cosmopolitan too, in it.

Bottom Line

The discussion boils down to the fact that to get along with the table etiquette; you need to understand and remember which is what and the purpose of using appropriate dining glasses.

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