proper glassware tips

Blanc Proper Glassware Tips

Since 2011, Toby Keith has hummed his way into Party City stores of America with his oh-so-lovely single, “Red Solo Cup.” Throughout college, it didn’t matter what you were drinking out of, but rather what you are drinking. A red or blue solo cup was the norm. My friends and I would throw in a plastic Lily Pulitzer cup at times just for a little style, but most of the time, no one gave a damn.

Since graduating and working in the events world (and becoming oh-so-much more sophisticated 😉 ), my opinions have changed. It kind-of, sort-of matters what houses those college-mixed drinks. I noticed that it had become a pet peeve of sorts when I went out for a cocktail and had my champs brought out in a wine glass. Nit-picky? Maybe a little, but I knew it was served improper – what a buzz kill, ladies!

So as I pour myself a glass of red wine (a stemless glass, to be specific), I’m going over the importance of the right glass: which pairs with its drink of choice, which to serve to guests, and which will make you look like you know what you’re doing in the drink-making department. A little glass-ology, if you will!

Blanc Proper Glassware tips

 Let’s start with the essentials:
Red vs. White Wine vs. Champagne

Red | Typically red wine glasses will be a bit taller and have a larger bowl than white wine glasses. In general, reds are bigger and bolder wines so they require a larger glass to allow all the aromas and flavors to emerge.

White | Most white wine glasses have smaller bowls and mouths. This reduces the area of contact that the wine has with the air (in scientific terms, reducing the rate of oxidation).

Champagne | Champagne glasses, or flutes, are the most thin of all the wine glasses you will use. Every girl loves her “bubbly,” and this glass, my friends, will keep it there. The less oxidation it gets, the longer your champs will bubble.

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 Cocktails: Rocks vs. Neat

Let’s get some terminology down here: a neat drink is a single, unmixed liquor, served without being chilled and without any water or other mixer. On the rocks referes to liquor poured over ice. Both can be served in a rocks glass. A drink served neat can also be served in a martini glass.

Where to get the goods:


With a new craft beer emerging daily, finding the right glass can be a toughie. The most common glasses you may recognize are the mug, pilsner, or pint glass. Other choices include the snifter, tulip, or weizen, but the list can honestly go on for days. These specialty glasses are a bit harder to collect. I like to keep some Charleston pints and  tall boy (usually pilsner or weizen) glasses on hand in case I’m ever serving beer.

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 Frozen Cocktails & Fan Favorites

Here’s where you can have a little fun. I’ve picked out the best specialty mugs, goblets, and frozen-drink favorites. Your Moscow Mule has not been forgotten!

Just for fun:

be a wine guru


In the world of money-hungry, wine-loving graphic designers like myself, there are two strategies for purchasing a nightly fix:

Wine Strategy One: They say you should never judge a book by its cover. Well, that’s how I judge my wine. In true graphic-designer form, the best designed label wins. Though this theory is obviously genius (ha!), it has let me astray at times. Even the ugliest wine can have its hair and make up done.

Wine Strategy Two: Pick a price-point that works for you. I am 24. The majority of my legal-lifetime has been spent purchasing Cupcake, Yellow Tail, or dare I say it, Franzia.

With millions of wines out there, it’s hard to know which to buy in bulk and which watered-down-red will end up in your drain. I will admit, the first time I was invited over to a co-workers house, I spent 20 minutes picking out an affordable red wine I thought would be nice enough.

 My name is Tarah and I’m an insecure wine-shopper.

To help those my fellow to IWS-club members, (& with help from my local Bottles beverage superstore) I’ve picked the best wines for under $15. Sip them well, my friends! 

 Top Under $15 Wines

1. Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon  •  $9.99  •  African  •  Tasting Notes: Full body.

2. Anciano Tempranillo  •  $10.99  •  Spanish   •  Tasting Notes: Dry, medium body.  •  Bottles-Guru Notes: Tempranillo is the grape type. This bottle is a grand reserve and has been aged 10 years.

3. Oregon Grown Underwood Pinot Noir  •  $13.99  •  Bottles-Guru Notes: Pinot Noir is one of the more expensive choices because of its grapes. It is the hardest to find under $20, but Underwood is a great brand that builds up in price.

4. Picpoul De Pinet  •  $11.99  •  French  •  Tasting Notes: A crowd pleaser white wine that is comparable to pinot grigio.  •  Bottles-Guru Notes: France makes the best white wines. This is the easiest drinking French wine out there. It’s best at summer time.

5. La Cappuccina Soave  •  $12.99  •  Italian  •  Tasting Notes: Crisp and clean with a fuller body than most white wines   •  Bottles-Guru Notes: Italy makes the best pinot grigio

6. Domaine Philemon Gaillac  •  $11.99  •  Tasting Notes: a crowd pleaser, dry with a light sweet effervescent – it’s bubbly!

7. Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose  •  $9.99  •  Bottles-Guru Notes: A dark rose is best for cocktails. Drink lighter roses with food.