Cooler weather is sherry time in my house - particularly at the end of my working week when I just relax & unwind …
On Friday this was my photo of my relaxing sherry, & it prompted a discussion on glass size.
In my student days, I worked part time in a large upmarket department store & was a regular placement in their China & Glass department. This echoed my love of fabulous china & had me memorising various glass shapes & names; in those days, there were glasses for absolutely everything! We are all a lot more relaxed about general glasses these days.
This morning is wet & wild in the Shire - wind, rain & generally grim so I decided to do my own sherry test to see how glass sizes, shape & colour cloud our judgement of sizes.
My preferred glass - shown above - came from Olive's glass cabinet - one of a kind only but it is so perfect because of the rounder shape with a decent foot that sits well & a comfortable little handle - What is not to like about it?
I rounded up the sherry glasses in our home for my test: What is your predictions on how much they hold?
I lined up the ones I wanted to test along with my glass & then filled them from that to make sure it was all the same each time. My glass (vintage custard cup) is the tester one in each photo …
Another traditional sherry glass
A thin vintage etched sherry glass
A modern sherry glass with a lower stem & a green foot
My glass - on the right - against the slightly taller similar glass; it has a smaller handle & can hold more than my glass …. mmmm
Vintage thin, decorative pink sherry glass
Against the red & gold Venetian glass ones we use at Christmas
I had brought through a washing up bowl to put them in as I finished each one (older glasses are not dishwasher safe so many have to be hand washed - this is the selection as I finished with them. The similar sizes are noticeable when they are on their sides …
The final question - is decanters? To decant or not?
At Christmas, I decant sherry in to the red Venetian decanter which is kept out on the sideboard but I confess to seldom decanting spirits. It is probably fine out of the bottle; the preferred sherry - full cream of course, I just like the creamy taste & a supermarket own one - Waitrose - is perfect! :)
How do you like your sherry? Was your guess close?
Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment & ponder …. perhaps while you pour one yourself!