Is it possible to have too many glasses? Maybe, maybe not. I became more educated on different styles of glasses as we worked our way through the beverage section of the Columbia Restaurant Cookbook, and I figured I should pass along that knowledge.
Most glasses can be categorized as tumblers or stemware. Stems were added as handles to prevent the temperature of your hand from affecting the temperature of your drink. The shape can make a difference as well, but since I have no desire to become a wine afficianado, I’m not going to bother figuring it out.* If you want to increase your knowledge further, this site was quite helpful.
*Here’s a sample of what you could learn: “A white wine glass is small, designed to keep the wine cooler longer. White wines have a less intense aroma, and their glasses have smaller mouths and bowls because they don’t need the extra surface area for the best flavor and aroma as red wines do.”