Make your collection a glass apart
GLASSES come in all shapes, sizes and a host of hues. They can be long-stemmed, round bottomed, tall, short, slim or big mouthedóthe variety is endless. Apart from the usual glasses used for drinking water or sipping soft drinks, there is glassware for formal occasions and special drinks. It includes the following:
Brandy snifter: This short-stemmed, small-mouthed, oversized glass is designed to be cupped in the hand so that the brandy keeps warm.
White wine glass: This tulip-shaped glass is designed for white wines, which donít need as much oxygen to bring out their flavour as reds do.
Red wine glass: The rounded bowl helps direct the wineís bouquet to the nose.
Tall, straight-sided, and clear, this glass is perfect for a gin and
tonic or iced tea.
Martini glass: Sophisticated and small, its distinctive V-shape is perfect for classic cold cocktails, such as martinis , that must be finished quickly to keep from warming.
Flute: The tall, slim shape and narrow rim help preserve the bubbles in champagne.
Pilsner: Originally designed for lager, this glass suits any kind of beer ó especially todayís popular micro-brews.
Frozen or iced beverage glass: Useful for water, iced tea, or tropical concoctions.
Single old-fashioned glass: Smaller than the double old-fashioned, it allows a drink to be finished quickly, before the ice can melt.
Balloon wine glass: The largest of all wine glasses, it allows aged red wine to breathe more effectively.
Handle with care
Since glassware is delicate and fragile, it certainly needs to be handled with care. Observing a few precautions will ensure that you donít end up with chipped glasses and donít have your elegant glassware reduced to smithereens during handling.
(Compiled by Chetna