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glossary of stemware
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Beer Goblet
Stemmed beer or "fizz" glasses, rounded body, range from 6 to 10 ounces.

Small stemmed glass, average capacity of 2 ounces.

Brandy Snifter
Brandy Inhaler
Its rounded bowl is designed to enhance both the aroma and taste of the brandy;

Ranging from 6 to 25 ounces, the larger sizes are most popular.

Champagne, Saucer
Not favored by wine lovers, this glass is popular in the United States for serving champagne and sparkling wine;

Ranging from 5 to 7.5 ounces.

Champagne, Tulip
According to the purest, this is the only correct glass for serving champagne and sparkling wine;

Ranging from 5 to 7.5 ounces.

A basic item in any stemware wardrobe, used for most mixed drinks stirred in a pitcher or mixed in a shaker;

Ranges from 3.5 to 4.5 ounces.

Cocktail, Double
Similar to the cocktail but with a deeper bowl, popular among hosts for serving martinis, manhattans, ect.

Holds up to 5.5 ounces.

Considered perfect for offering after-dinner drinks such as brandy, crème de menthe, and the like;

Ranging from 1 to 1.5 ounces.

A versatile glass used for serving first-course fruit juices or food cocktails. Can also double as a whiskey sour;

5 ounce capacity.

Ice Tea
Considered a footed tumbler, for serving iced tea, coffee, and soft drinks during a meal, or for highballs as well;

Ranging from 12 to 14 ounces.

Stemmed cocktail glass 5 to 7 ounce, or in highball size, 8 to 10 ounces.

A somewhat specialized glass, tall and tapered in the middle, considered the correct glass for sundaes and other frozen deserts;

7 ounce capacity.

The traditional glass for serving beer, footed with a tapered bowl;

Ranging from 10 to 14 ounces.

Dessert Wine
For port, tokay, muscatel, and other sweet desert wines;

3 ounce capacity.

Footed or low-stemmed piece used at the dinner table for ice cream, sherbet, fruit cocktail, and similar desserts.

Ranging from 3.5 to 6 ounce capacity.

V-shaped bowl that permits the wine's bouquet to expand, also used for vermouth

Traditionally 3 ounces.

Whiskey Sour
Almost always a tulip-shaped glass, used primarily for serving whiskey sours and similar foamy drinks

Ranging from 4 to 5 ounces.

Water Goblet
A tall-stemmed glass, frequently with a tulip-shaped bowl. Should be included in all table settings;

Ranging from 10 to 11 ounces.

Wine, All-Purpose
A basic glass for red or white wine, ideal for those who serve wine only occasionally;

About 7 ounces, but in use is filled only halfway.

Wine, Red
A glass correctly used for burgundy, claret, chianti, and other red wines;

5 ounces.

Wine, Hock
Tall-stemmed glass, limited in use primarily to the service of various white Rhine wines known as hock wines;

5 ounce capacity.

Wine, White
Slightly smaller that the red wine glass, used for sauterne, chablis, Rhine wine, and other white table wines;

Ranging from 3.5 to 4 ounces.