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The XL Oregon Wine Glass

Jun 15, 2020 | Learn About Wine | 0 comments

The XL Oregon Pinot Wine Glass

Hello folks, this is Carmine, and I host private customized tours of Oregon’s beautiful wine country with Oregon Winemaker Tours. I’m here to talk with you today about the Oregon Pinot wine glass.
The Oregon Pinot wine glass is also known as the XL glass. It’s a hybrid of both the Bordeaux and the Burgundy style glasses.  It was specially created to bring out the best aromas and tastes of Oregon Pinots. Just as bottle styles make a difference for wines, glasses make a difference too.

The Wine Glass Essentials – Shape, Size, and Angles

Basically, you’ve got three things that affect wine in a glass: shape, size, and angles.  Differently-shaped glasses affect where the wine is placed in your mouth when you sip it.  Also, how fast the wine is delivered to your mouth.  Believe it or not, the angle of the glass is actually important and it’s how you get it across your lips! Finally, the aroma of a wine is affected by the shape of the glass. Aromatic compounds called esters are created from the alcohol and acids in wine.  When you sniff a wine, the aroma is an expression of this.  Each wine has its own aroma, and the shape of a glass will affect the aroma and taste as well!


The XL Is Designed With Cool Climate Wines In Mind

The Oregon Pinot glass brings out the best in Oregon’s cool climate wines.  It’s tapered to a tulip-shaped at the top with a wide “bowl” like burgundy glassware.  It lets the wine breathe, enhances the delicate aromas of Pinot, and accentuates the wine’s texture for your enjoyment.  The glass delivers the wines gently to your mouth, so that you can enjoy each and every sip.  Although it can actually hold a whole bottle of wine, fill it with just a little. Take your time with it!  The glass is perfect for swirling, viewing, and smelling the wine before tasting.

The XL Has Got A Sexy Swirl

A fun fact – when you swirl wine in a glass like this, it shows the legs of the wine really well. The legs are formed from wine components in higher alcohol or sweeter wines.  A combination of alcohol, sugar, and glycerin, (which relates to its viscosity) causes the wine to flow down the sides of the glass in lines as the alcohol evaporates.  They’re pretty sexy if you get to know your glassware!  I look forward to sharing some with you in our future.  Cheers!


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