Anatomy of the wine glass

Gregory Reyftmann, passionate about wine tasting, explains how a wine glass is made. The glass is made up of three main parts.

The chalice

The chalice, also known as a container or cup, consists of four parts:

  • The drinker: this is the outline of the opening of the glass on which the lips rest. The rim can be thick, medium or thin. The quality of a glass can be recognized by the thickness of its rim. The thinner the rim, the better the quality.
  • The chimney: this is the upper part of the glass whose diameter narrows upwards. It prevents the aromas from escaping.
  • The shoulder : this is the widest part of the chalice. It serves as a limit for pouring the wine. In oenology we say “never pour wine over the shoulder of the glass”.
  • The gob: this is the bottom of the chalice. According to its width, the wine will be more or less oxygenated.

The stem

Also known as the leg, the stem is made up of the knob at the top and the foot at the bottom. It connects the chalice to the base of the glass.

The base

The base of the glass is used to hold the glass on a flat surface. It is therefore always flat or conical. However, in order for it to be stable, its diameter varies according to the size of the chalice. It is also called a base or bowl.

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