Did you know that September 1st marks the beginning of wine season? Celebrate this delicious season at your restaurant by not only stocking up on delectable wines, but also the appropriate products to keep the bottles opening and your profit growing all season long!
There are hundreds of different types of glasses out there on the market, so it can be difficult to choose the right glass for your restaurant and type of wine you’re serving. You may think that using one glass for every type of wine will work for your restaurant, but your customers will be able to tell the difference. Serving wine at the proper temperature and out of the proper glass will allow you to get the most out of your wine assortment. Don’t forget that there are several style options for each type of wine glass, so you can choose whatever design goes best with your theme!
Libbey® Glassware provides helpful information for deciding what type of glass goes well with each type of wine. This information comes from their GlassMaster Bartenders Guide.
Common pairings are Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. When serving red wines, use a glass with a large bowl and wide mouth to allow the wine to breathe, enhancing the flavor. Red wines also have the highest amount of tannins resulting in more complex flavors, so a wider and taller bowl directs the wine to hit the back of the palate for a better tasting experience.
Common pairings for white wines are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Petit Chablis, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and White Zinfandel. White wines are usually served in glasses with a smaller bowl, so the subtle aromas are better noticed, and so the wine is directed to the tip of the tongue for better appreciation of its sweeter flavors.
Champagne & Sparkling Wines
Tall, narrow glasses are the most appropriate choice for your best bubbly. These glasses maintain flavor concentration and displays effervescence (also known as bubbles) to enhance its presentation.
If your guests are ready for a sweet dessert wine, such as Ice Wine, Sauternes, Moscatos or White Rieslings be sure to serve it in a smaller glass. The size of this wine glass enables proper portioning of these types of wine due to its higher alcohol content. The rounded bowl pushes the wine to the back of the mouth, enhancing its sweetness.
Multi-purpose glasses are available for foodservice operations that don’t have the space for a plethora of wine glass choices. These glasses are designed with characteristics for both red and white wine. They can enhance whites and reds while eliminating the management of a wide assortment of glasses.
Carafes & Decanters
If your restaurant mainly sells wine-by-the-glass, carafes are perfect for presentation and ensuring a perfectly measure pour. Decanters enhance wine presentation and optimize clarity, bouquet and texture of wine by increasing aeration. These options are great for places wanting to up their profit by simple presentation enhancements.
You want your glasses to last even when wine season dies down, don’t you? Follow these guidelines from Libbey® to make your beautiful stemware last all year long.
Other Wine Essentials
Now that you’ve got the glasses covered, what else do you need to celebrate the start of wine season?
Let’s start with one of the most important items for the back of the house – wine merchandisers. These merchandisers are available in full- or half-height, depending how much wine you’ll be storing. Keep applicable wines chilled and ready to be served, while some models offer the option of being able to store white and red wines in the same cabinet.
Next, your staff will need bottle openers so your customers can enjoy wine season! There are several types of openers, ranging from winged corkscrews to waiter corkscrews. Wine stoppers are a great way to save opened wine for later use, while keeping the wine fresh and drinkable.
Wine servers are a great way to enhance tableside presentation when customers order bottles. If you’re serving up wines that need to be served chilled, wine coolers can not only enhance your presentation, but also keep wine at the perfect serving temperature.
If you’re looking for a catering accessory, these new cocktail trays are perfect for holding appetizers along with a glass of vino!
Are you ready to kick off wine season at your restaurant? Shop Central for all of the essential supplies you’ll need! Be sure to call one of our helpful Product Consultants for any help or questions you have along the way. Cheers!