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The Perfect Glassware for Hospitality Industry

By Jariya Sangchaiya, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Managing Director, Ocean Glass

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 17:25 Hrs  [IST]

Selecting the most suitable glassware for your restaurant usually comes down to your style of dining and the budget you allocate as an investment to provide service to the customers. The variety of glassware in which drinks are served dramatically impact their presentation. Some hotels undermine the fact of matching right glass for the right drink by using the same style of glassware for several beverages diminishes the experience customers receive.

Full service hotels and restaurants avoid mass-produced glassware that are thick with multiple imperfections to ensure better experience for their customers. Hotels and restaurants considering value for money as an essential criterion may opt of the glassware with imperfections undermining customer experience. The management of hotels and restaurants need to consider functions as well as form when making decisions on glassware purchase for their food and beverage operations.

Tips for Selecting a Good Wine Glass
  • Crystal glassware are composed of metallic materials and therefore more durable and flexible than normal glassware, thus it is one time invest to provide long term experience to customers.
  • Choose thin, transparent, unadorned stemware. Decorative, cut glass or frosted stemware results into obscuring the color and clarity of the wine. Thin crystal has the transparency and luster that displays wine at its best.
  • Choose a glass that has a tulip shaped bowl. Red wines benefit more when served in a “fatter” tulip shaped glass. Tulip bowls should taper slightly inward toward the rim which will channel the wine into the nerve receptors in the nose while sniffing the wine.
  • Wine glasses that have a rolled rim can cause the wine to dribble into the mouth. Choose a wine glass that has a thin rim so the wine glides smoothly into the mouth.
  • The glass should be on a tall, sturdy stem. The purpose of the stem is to prevent the hand from warming the bowl of the glass and subsequently the wine.
  • The foot of the glass should be broad enough to prevent the glass from tipping easily. The foot should be firmly attached to prevent it from snapping when swirled.
  • Choose a wine glass that is large enough to hold a full serving of wine without reaching halfway full. Be cautious, the glass should not be so large that it is awkward to hold. A good rule of thumb is to serve table wines in 8-20 oz. glasses, dessert wines in 6 oz. glasses, and sparkling wines in a thin glass (champagne flute) to prevent bubbles from dissipating.
Overall, we would recommend only lead-free crystal glassware, as apart from being visually stunning, it is a brilliant option as it is stronger than regular glass and lasts longer. Beyond being used to create delicate and intricate glass designs, crystal enhances the flavour and aroma of the contents.

When it comes to wine, crystal wine glassware is a definite must as it plays a key role in the enjoyment of wine. The elegance of a wine can be showcased better through a well-designed crystal glass.

Lucaris, Asia’s first luxury crystal glassware brand, has the expertise of Toyo-Sasaki Glass from Japan, Ocean Glass from Thailand and the most advanced glass technology from Germany brought together, have resulted into the creation of world class quality lead-free crystal glass specially created for the passionate wine-lovers. Lucaris complements the wine by extending the culinary experience on all profound levels that matter.

The views expressed within this column are the opinion of the author, and may not necessarily be endorsed by the publication.

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