The dimensions of wine glasses can be as diverse the wine flavors. The minimal glass can hold four fluid ounces (120 milliliters). It comes with a stem and is clear. The all-purpose glass can hold 8 fluid ounces at least.
This can contain 6 to 7 fl oz (180 ml). These glasses are 8.5 inches high.
Also known as the champagne saucer, they are about 5 inches (44 cm) high. The capacity is 8 fl oz (260 ml). There is a legend that says the glass shape was inspired by the breasts of one of Napoleon’s sisters. It isn’t used much today because the wine turns flat quickly.
No discussion of the dimensions of wine glasses would be complete without mentioning the white wine glass. The traditional glasses have capacities of less than 8 oz (240 ml). The newer models have a capacity of just below 12 oz (360 ml).
This glass is noted for its balloon shape. Its capacity is bigger compared to the red glass. This can usually hold 14 ounces (415 ml) or more. The height is 18 cm (7 inches).
Red Wine Glasses
The smallest versions can hold 9 oz (270 ml). In the past, this was the standard size. Modern versions have a capacity of 14 ounces (415 ml). There are also those with a 12 ounce capacity.
The typical port has a capacity of 6 ounces (190 ml). The height is about 15 cm (6 inches). It looks a lot like a small glass for red wine. Some people prefer to serve port in bigger glasses. Some port glasses have capacities of over 450 ml.
These are served with wine. The typical height is 7 1/2 inches. The usual capacity is 13 ounces (385 ml). Unlike those used with wine, this can be filled up.
This glass comes in different versions. Some are 6 inches high and can hold 6 ounces (180 ml). Other sherry glasses are larger and have a conical bowl.
How to Choose
The choice is entirely a matter of personal preference. There is no official type you must buy. Neither are there specific colors or shapes. Usually though, the bigger glasses are used for dinner. The thinner ones are used afterwards for sipping.
Whatever the dimensions of wine glasses may be, the amount that is put in the glass is half the full capacity. The only exception to this is the champagne glass.