Inspired by one of VinePair’s most popular site sections, the Wine 101 podcast takes an educational, easy-to-digest look into the world of wine. This week’s episode is brought to you by E. and J. Gallo Winery, which exists to serve life’s most joyful and memorable moments. From very humble beginnings, the hallmark of E. and J. Gallo has been an unwavering commitment to making quality wine for all consumers to enjoy. Whether it’s getting Barefoot and having a great time, making every day sparkle with La Marca Prosecco, or continuing a legacy with Louis Martini in Napa, E. and J. Gallo is here to welcome consumers into the category, to make it easier to enjoy wines, and to capture attention in the moments that matter.

Welcome back to Wine 101. In this episode, VinePair tastings director Keith Beavers fills listeners in on glassware, from the origins of the wine glass, to its shape and functionality, and finally which glassware to buy at any budget.

Beavers explains how stemware came about and the reason for each of the three basic parts of the glass: the base, the stem, and the bowl. The stem of the glass, for example, is important for keeping the wine’s temperature, as well as amplifying the enjoyment of the wine. Additionally, how the glass is made helps not only with durability, but also the experience of how the wine glides from the glass to your palate.

After tuning in to this episode, listeners will understand the function of wine glasses, the differences to look for between cheap and expensive stemware, and how the right glass changes the wine drinking experience.

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