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HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT WINE GLASS

Whether sweet or dry, white or red, robust or light, wine requires very specific serving procedures in order to reach its full flavour potential. In addition to proper serving temperatures, each type of wine requires a specific style of glass for service. The bowl shape, stem length and rim can all be designed to enhance the specific flavour profile of particular cultivars. For instance, red wine glasses typically have larger, wider bowls to allow more air to come into contact with the wine, whereas white wine glasses have the opposite to slow down the oxidation process. To get the most out of your wine collection, browse through the guide below to choose the ideal wine glass for your needs.

RED WINE GLASSES

The ideal red wine glass has a full, round bowl with a large opening. This is because a glass with a full bowl provides more air contact with the wine, which increases its oxidation rate and ultimately smoothens out its complex flavours and improves its aroma. The opening of the glass must but large enough so that you can dip your nose inside to experience the full aroma of its contents.

Bordeaux Glass

When serving heaver red wines with high tannins like Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Bordeaux blends, you should look for a tall glass with a broad bowl. The Bordeaux glass is the tallest of the red wine glasses and this particular design creates more distance between the mouth and the wine allowing ethanol to dissipate on the nose, softening the tannins. The shape of the glass also directs wine to the back of the mouth to minimise bitterness and maximise flavour.

Vina white wine glass by Libbey.

VINA WINE GLASS
By Libbey

The Magnifico wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

MAGNIFICO WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The Diamante Chianti red wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

DIAMANTE CHIANTI RED WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Burgundy Wine Glass

The Burgundy wine glass is your go-to wine glass for delicate, lighter red wines, for instance, Red Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Beaujolais and Dolcetto. This glass has a particularly large bowl that is even broader than a Bordeaux glass and a narrower top. This design subtly directs wine to the tip of the tongue allowing you to fully appreciate the flavour nuances of delicate reds. The broadness of the bowl fosters the accumulation of aroma and its thin rim makes for easy drinking.

The Refinement wine glass by Libbey.

REFINEMENT WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Magnifico red wine glass from Luigi Bormioli

MAGNIFICO RED WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Rivere luxury wine glass by Libbey

RIVERE WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Pinot Noir Glass

The Pinot Noir glass is strikingly similar to the Burgundy wine glass and as such, they can be used interchangeably. Typically, you will notice that these glasses have an even broader bowl allowing for more air contact, faster oxidation and more rapid flavour diffusion.

Libbey's Fortius Red Wine Glass

FORTIUS WINE GLASS
By Libbey

The masterpiece gold label pinot noir glass by Luigi Bormioli.

MASTERPIECE PINOT NOIR GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The SPKSY balloon wine glass by Libbey.

SPKSY BALLOON WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Cabernet Sauvignon Glass

The Cabernet Sauvignon glass is also a tall glass with a broad bowl that occasionally features a very narrow rim. Best suited for bold wines, the broad bowl of this glass allows wine to breathe and aroma to accumulate by the narrow mouth for a full flavour experience.

The Atelier Chianti red wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

ATELIER CHIANTI CRYSTAL RED WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The Allure Goblet wine glass by Libbey

ALLURE GOBLET WINE GLASS
By Libbey

The L'Esprit wine glass by Libbey.

L’ESPRIT WINE GLASS
By Libbey

WHITE WINE GLASSES

You will recognise white wine glasses from their upright, u-shaped design. They also typically have a smaller bowl compared to red wine glasses. This shape allows the glass to enhance and preserve aromas while also retaining the wine’s cool temperature.

Sauvignon Blanc Glass

The Sauvignon Blanc glass is tall and has a slender bowl to capture the nuanced, delicate floral and fruity aromas of light to medium-bodied white wines like White Bordeaux, Fume Blanc, Loire, Vinho Verde, Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, Muscat Blanc, and Pinot Grigio. Seeing as the sides of the mouth detect acidity the most, the unique shape of this glass encourages the tongue to form a u-shape so that wine gets directed towards the centre of the palate for a smoother sip.

Perception wine glass by Libbey.

PERCEPTION WINE GLASS
By Libbey

The Incanto white wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

INCANTO WHITE WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The Bach white wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

BACH WHITE WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Montrachet Glass

White wines with complex notes like Montrachet, White Burgundy, Corton-Charlemagne and Meursault require a wine glass with a larger bowl. A large bowl allows the heaviness of the wine to open up through air contact. The larger opening of this glass enables you to take in the complex aromas of your wine and directs the wine to flow from the edges of the tongue and either side of the palate for a complete experience of the sour and acidic spectrum.

Perception balloon wine glass by Libbey.

PERCEPTION BALLOON WINE GLASS
By Libbey

EMBASSY BALLOON WINE GLASS
By Libbey

The Refinement wine glass by Libbey.

REFINEMENT WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Chardonnay Wine Glass

The chardonnay glass has a larger opening to guide wine to the tip and sides of the tongue, enabling the palate to detect the flavour of the wine while its bowl shape provides just enough aeration to concentrate the aroma. These features also make this glass perfect for full-bodied wines like Semillon and Viognier.

The Atelier white wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

ATELIER WHITE WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Libbey's Fortius Red Wine Glass

FORTIUS WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Rivere luxury wine glass by Libbey

RIVERE WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Riesling Sweet and Standard Sweet Wine Glass

This glass is perfect for sweet wines like Riesling, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Gruner Veltliner. It is one of the smaller wine glass and features a smaller rim to guide wine to the centre and back of the mouth to avoid overwhelming sweetness.

The Atelier riesling wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

ATELIER RIESLING WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The masterpiece gold label Riesling glass by Luigi Bormioli.

MASTERPIECE GOLD LABEL RIESLING GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The Diamante riesling wine glass by Luigi Bormioli.

DIAMANTE RIESLING WINE GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

ROSÉ WINE GLASSES

Your choice of rosé glass depends on the age of your rosé. Follow our guide below to find the best glass for your favourites.

Flared Lip Rosé Glass

Young crisp rosés or white wines are perfectly suited to the flared lip rosé glass. Featuring a long stem, this glass avoids transferring the heat from your hand to the wine. Its flared lip directs wine to the tip of the tongue of the first where your sweet taste buds are concentrated. Its design thus enhances the sweetness of crisp wine; balances flavour and minimises any bite.

Vintage 1924 wine glass by Libbey.

VINTAGE 1924 WINE GLASS
By Libbey

The vintage 1924 wine balloon glass by Libbey.

VINTAGE 1924 WINE BALLOON GLASS
By Libbey

Slight Taper Rosé Glass

The slightly tapered design of this glass makes it best suited to mature, full-bodied rosés. It features a short bowl that is rounded at the bottom.

Rivere luxury wine glass by Libbey

RIVERE WINE GLASS
By Libbey

The Refinement wine glass by Libbey.

REFINEMENT WINE GLASS
By Libbey

DESSERT WINE GLASSES

Dessert wines have higher alcohol content so it’s best to serve them in smaller glasses. The shape of these glasses directs the wine to the tip and back of the mouth for proper appreciation of sweetness.

Port Wine Glass

Well suited for a range of dessert wines, the Port wine glass has a narrow mouth to reduce evaporation and concentrate the aroma. It is tall enough to swirl for aroma diffusion. The shape of the glass is designed to lead wine slowly down the centre of the mouth towards the back to enable just enough sweetness detection.

The Perception cordial glass by Libbey.

PERCEPTION CORDIAL GLASS
By Libbey

The Michelangelo masterpiece crystal liqueur glass by Luigi Bormioli.

MICHELANGELO LIQUEUR GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The Magnifico liqueur glass by Luigi Bormioli

MAGNIFICO LIQUEUR GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Sherry Wine Glass

Perfect for sherry, cordials and other dessert wines, the Sherry glass is small, holding just enough liquid content for a nightcap. The design of the glass directs wine to the back of the moth to avoid overwhelming sweetness.

The teardrop traditional sherry glass by Libbey.

TEARDROP TRADITIONAL SHERRY GLASS
By Libbey

The Allure sherry glass by Libbey.

ALLURE SHERRY GLASS
By Libbey

The SPKSY vintage liqueur glass by Libbey.

SPKSY VINTAGE LIQUEUR GLASS
By Libbey

ALL-PURPOSE WINE GLASSES

If you are not able to stock a different glass for every wine, then one of these all-purpose wine glasses could be perfect for you. Although the experience may not be the same as when you use the proper glass type for the application, these glasses offer a similar function at a lower cost.

With Stem

The bowl shape of these glasses is somewhere between that of a red and wine glasses, making them suitable for both types of wines.

The Copa all purpose wine glass by Libbey.

COPA ALL PURPOSE WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Libbey's teardrop wine glass.

TEARDROP WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Perception wine glass by Libbey.

PERCEPTION WINE GLASS
By Libbey

Stemless

Stemless wine glasses are more durable than traditional stemware, but they warm wine faster. They feature the same bowl shapes as red and white wine glasses and can be used for beverage service as well. These glasses boast a contemporary appearance and are exceptionally trendy.

The Tuscany stemless wine glass.

TUSCANY STEMLESS WINE GLASS

CRYSTAL VS GLASS WINE GLASSES

The difference between crystal and glass comes down to the presence of lead. Lead softens the glass in crystal making it easier to cut and engrave. Traditional glass, on the other hand, is lighter and more durable. Today’s crystal glassware is made without lead to prevent leaching.

Crystal

Crystal glasses can be spun very thinly but are more expensive and fragile than normal glass. They are also porous and better cared for by handwashing. Due to their malleability and thin rims, these glasses yield a smoother drink flow against the tongue.

Glass

Typical glass is more durable and less likely to break. They are non-porous, usually dishwasher safe and generally less expensive than crystal.

If you are deciding between crystal and traditional glass, think about the environment where they will be used. Traditional glass can be a more practical option for busy restaurants as it’s more durable whereas crystal glassware may be best for upscale establishments. Luckily, at Core Catering Supplies we stock a wide variety of both crystal and traditional glassware so that you can pick and choose the glasses best suited for your home, restaurant or catering business.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT BEER GLASS

There are many features of beer glasses that influence the flavour and aroma of beer that we, unfortunately, don’t pay enough attention to, for instance, every style of beer can be matched to a particular glass shape. Varying degrees of curvature and bowl size help to capture certain aromas, for example, the wider midsection of stout glasses are ideal for retaining the heady caramel and malt aromas of heavy beers.

The volume of the glass also impacts the flavour of the beer. We are so used to seeing servers fill our glasses to the rim, which is great if you are really thirsty, but not ideal when you seriously want to savour the drinking experience. Always choose a beer glass with greater internal volume than the beer being poured. This way you will ensure that there is sufficient head space for gradual aroma diffusion, otherwise all those fine fruity notes that make your beer special will disappear.

Lastly, make sure your glass is of fine, brilliant quality. The clarity of your glass highlights the unique colours of your beers bringing extra appreciation to the tasting experience. At Core Catering Supplies, we offer a wide selection of premium beer glasses to bring out the best in your old favourites.

Complement Your Favourite Beers With Our Comprehensive Beer Glass Selection

Pilsner Glass

The Pilsner beer glass is designed to complement the carbonation of lighter beers and draw attention to the content’s glorious golden colour. With a tall, slender shape and slight incurved design, it enhances foam density and uncovers the aromatic depth of typical citrus notes.

The Catalina beer glass by Libbey.

CATALINA BEER GLASS
By Libbey

The Elegante Pilsner glass by Luigi Bormioli.

ELEGANTE PILSNER GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

The Schumann beer glass by Luigi Bormioli.

SCHUMANN BEER GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Snifter Glass

Snifter beer glasses transform the traditional tulip-shaped design into one of the most versatile beer glass types by creating adequate headspace for complex brews like Belgian ales, IPAs and stouts to release their aroma. The curved chamber of a premium snifter glass allows floral and fruity notes to flourish ensuring you a complete tasting experience.

The Birrateque premium snifter glass.

BIRRATEQUE PREMIUM SNIFTER GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Weiss Glass

The specific incurved shape of the Weiss glass accentuates the wheat aromas for the nose unearthing everything from fresh fruit to the scent of grains. Its large head chamber provides excellent space for aeration and allows for gradual carbonation evaporation. Its pleasant-to-hold, narrow stem also helps to keep your beer cool.

The Birrateque Weis glass by Luigi Bormioli.

BIRRATEQUE WEIS GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

IPA Glass

With a nice large, round bowl that gradually indents and opens up again at the mouth, an IPA glass is designed to preserve the frothy head and intricate flavour profile of IPA beers. A wider mouth allows you to take in all of the hop and citrus aromas with every sip.

Birrateque IPA glass by Luigi Bormioli.

BIRRATEQUE IPA GLASS
By Luigi Bormioli

Complete your barware collection with the best beer glasses for your favourite brews with Core Catering Supplies, the largest suppliers of premium glassware, kitchenware, catering equipment and more in South Africa.

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SEVRUGA RESTAURANT, CPT

Sevruga Restaurant

Located in the heart of Cape Town’s most visited tourist destination, the V&A Waterfront, Sevruga is the seafood extravaganza that inspires and everyone admires. Featuring a delectable seafood and grill menu rooted in Asian flavours, this restaurant subtly marries the east and west to create a truly unique South African fine dining experience. Exciting specials and seasonal menus keep Sevruga as fresh as their ingredients, ensuring no two visits are the same.

Diners visiting Sevruga will be blown away with every masterfully crafted and exceptionally plated dish this fine establishment serves from fresh line fish to an array of instagrammable sushi marvels. Staying true to their luxurious namesake, Sevruga opts for only the best tableware sourced by Core Catering Supplies to expertly complement their customers’ dining experience.

A visit to Cape Town is incomplete without stopping by the iconic V&A Waterfront with all of its African curios, curiosities and stunning vistas of the Atlantic. Thanks to Sevruga’s prime location on the harbour, diners can enjoy panoramic views of the sunset over a glass of crisp Chardonnay in the relaxed semi-outdoor seating area. For a more intimate setting, head indoors and enjoy a cosy old-meets-new environment complemented by a magnificent walnut bar counter and solid wooden floors.

Beautiful food and beautiful scenery make for an unforgettable experience and solidifies Sevruga as a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.

Inspired by Sevruga? Bring the look and feel of fine dining into your home or business with the help of Core Catering Suppliers, the largest suppliers of professional-grade catering equipment in South Africa. As the sole importers of industry staples, like Libbey glassware, we bring premium products to your fingertips.

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LEARN TO PLATE LIKE A PRO WITH THESE TIPS

If you are wondering how to plate food beautifully, the tricks to the art of plating like a pro are really quite simple. You can bring professional flair to your daily cooking by using everyday tools such as egg rings, large tablespoons, piping bags and graters. So, why reserve visually superior meals for dining out when you can have a mind-blowing visual experience right in your home? Transform your meals from simple to stunning using these basic plating ideas.

Shapeshift


A simple tip for plating food is to follow the shape of your plate. If you are using circular plates, echo its shape by placing the elements of your meal in a circular composition to add rhythm to your dish. Similarly, a square dish will have added depth when served in a square plate. Watch how a simple fillet dish is turned into a feast for the senses using a tablespoon and piping bag available from Core Catering Supplies.

Puree All The Way


Purees are essential for visually stimulating dishes not only because they can easily be manipulated into the shape of your choice but also because they can anchor hard to balance components as the base of your dish. The best part is they are really easy to make! Using a simple stick blender, you can pulse together veggies and fruits to create deliciously creamy pastes in seconds.

Blooming Dishes


Edible flowers can add just that pop of colour you were looking for to send your dish over the edge. Some of our favourites include violets, nasturtiums and bean blossoms. But remember, flowers have a taste so make sure to only add ones that make sense with the plate as a whole. As they are prone to bruising, our tip is to use precision tongs to delicately place your flowers where you want them on the plate.

Draw the Line


Speaking of focal point, you can use a simple sauce bottle to create lines that direct the eye in the direction of your choice. This technique works for both precise drawing and a more abstract approach. Try to experiment with the different ways you can draw emphasis to certain elements of your meal.

Our Top Tip?


Just have fun with it! The most exciting and innovative ideas are always born from experimentation. Not everything is going to look amazing the first time you try it but you would never know what does work if you never tried it. So use our tips as a guideline and give yourself the time and patience to play around with new plating ideas. We’re sure you’ll be creating culinary fine art in no time.

Tools of the Trade


Investing in some quality tools and equipment is the first step in taking your plating skills further. Level up your cooking game and add zest to your kitchen with Core Catering Supplies, the largest suppliers of professional-grade catering equipment in South Africa. Our vast catalogue has all the cookware, serveware, tableware and more you need to create masterpiece meals.

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JAN HENDRIK – SA’s FIRST MICHELIN STAR CHEF

JAN HENDRIK – SA’s FIRST MICHELIN STAR CHEF

Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has recently been making waves the world over as the first South African chef to be awarded the coveted Michelin star for his restaurant, JAN, in Nice, France. Known for introducing local South African flavours to the world stage, Jan has fostered a love and interest in our country’s cuisine like no other. Luckily, for those of us who have not had the privilege of tasting his unique dishes, Jan has decided to bring his culinary creations back home through the new, aptly named, KLEIN JAN restaurant in Tswalu Game Reserve and JAN Innovation Studio in Cape Town, all with the help of Core Catering Supplies.

JAN, Nice


The Studio, Cape Town


KLEIN JAN, Tswala


Starting from humble beginnings helping his mother and grandmothers in their Middelburg kitchen knead dough and prepare traditional dishes, Jan has always had a “passion and vision for all things South African – our food, people, shared culture and art.” It’s precisely these early experiences of South African hospitality and honest food that inspired his restaurant, JAN, and subsquently earned it immense international praise. 

KLEIN JAN, a partnership with the Oppenheimer family, comes in the wake of JAN’s success and aims to bring a new culinary experience to the quintessential South African landscape, the vast Kalahari. Here customers can expect authentic local flavours like never before through their fine transformation into world-class cuisine. JAN Innovation Studio, opening in Cape Town, will help to bring about this experience by functioning as a space where chefs and students can develop and push South African cuisine to new heights.

Such an ambitious project requires the proper tools, so when it came to choosing the right kitchenware and cooking equipment for this new venture, Jan chose Core Catering Supplies, the largest suppliers of professional-grade catering equipment in South Africa.

If you’re feeling inspired by Jan’s journey from farm boy kitchen helper to Michelin star chef, then discover some of his kitchen musts at Core Catering Supplies, which will help transform you from casual cooking aficionado to professional chef.

Whether you’re a Michelin star chef or a cooking enthusiast, choose Core Catering Supplies to deck out your kitchen with premium quality cookware, serveware and tableware. Shop our catalogue for all your cooking and catering equipment and get it delivered straight to your door.