Wine 101: Stemware

A Simple Guide to Choosing Wine Glasses

 



I know what you’re thinking: When are we gonna start drinking wine? We’re getting closer, I promise you, but today I just want to run through some of the pros and cons of different styles of glassware!

After getting your wine out of the bottle (and perhaps into a decanter) at the proper temperature, serving it in the proper glass is probably the next step to getting the most from your wines.

With each wine offering its own unique blend of structural elements, flavors, and aromas, you'll often hear that it's important to use a very specific glass if you want to enjoy your wine to its fullest. But is that just a whole lot of marketing BS?
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Bordeaux Stem

Perfect for Bordeaux, no surprise there! This is also a great all-purpose choice that works well with most red wines, un-oaked whites, sparkling, and sweet wines!

Burgundy Stem

Obviously, the right choice for Burgundy (both red and white), but this bowl is also great for other aromatic reds such as Nebbiolo, any aged red wines, and oak-aged white wines.

Riedel Tyrol

These near stemless glasses are among my favorites. They have classic bowl sizes and shapes in a more compact form.

Picardie Tumbler

Sometimes all you need with a simple wine is a simple glass. Great for Barbeques too when fingers become too greasy for fine stems.

The Two Basic Styles of Wine Glasses for Still Wine

The truth is there is some science to support using a varied range of glasses. However, the fact of the matter is that so many things can effect your wine's performance besides the glass that getting too specific about your wine glasses is another pursuit in the compulsive world of wine geekery, and is ultimately only marginally connected to the performance of your wines. At their core all glasses for still wines are based on either the Bordeaux or Burgundy bowls. Each form of bowl has distinctive merit, though just about any well made glass can enhance just about any well made wine.

So what is important in a wine glass?

1.) Size. The first thing is the size of the bowl, forget the shape for now. You need a nicely sized bowl so that you can take a decent pour of wine 3-5 ounces, and have plenty of room for swirling. The swirling helps to release the aromatic compounds in a wine, but we’ll get to that in a later email. I like a bowl of at least ten ounces, but don’t see the need for the humongous bowls. Twenty-five ounce glasses (or a whole bottle of wine!) are not terribly uncommon, and are rather silly, if you ask me.

2.) Thickness. The second consideration is the thickness of the bowl and its lip. Sounds weird, I know. Why is this guy talking about the thickness of the bowl before discussing wine glass shapes? Well, mainly because there are many points of discussion regarding the shape of the bowl, but relatively few regarding the structure of the bowl. In general, the thinner the glass, the better -- and having a polished or cut rim, instead of a beaded or rolled rim, is vastly preferable. It may sound like BS, but these rims let the wine slide easily across your lips, which is something worth investing in, if you ask me!

3.) Practicality. Now, the third consideration is the one that starts limiting our choices. For me, it is very important that my glasses be able to go through the dishwasher. Yes, there, I’ve said it. I like to wash my glasses in the dishwasher! I have no interest in handwashing a dozen or more glasses after a dinner party. That means that the finest, most elegant wine glasses are out of the running in my book. It also means that shorter stems gain an advantage over longer stems. You may very well disagree, but after years of playing around with super-expensive glasses, and watching them shatter in a stiff breeze (they can be ridiculously delicate), my mind is made up.

4.) Shape. Ok, so now we can talk about the shape of the bowl. Basically there are three families of bowls: Champagne flutes, Bordeaux bowls, and Burgundy bowls. There are also a whole lot of permutations of these basic shapes, each one ideally suited to a specific wine or grape – or so some would have you believe!

Me, I just don’t see it, and frankly don’t see how a glass can be made for any but the smallest group of wines. I mean, you read that glass X is ideally suited for "Chianti" -- but is that young Chianti or old Chianti? Modern Chianti or traditional Chianti? Chianti from a hot vintage or a cool vintage? In theory, each of these wines would need a slightly different shape, but there is only one. Can it really be better than another shape? Perhaps, is it worth the expense? Again, perhaps. If all you drink is Chianti, then having glasses especially designed for Chianti -- even though it can’t be perfect for each and every Chianti -- may make sense.

More about my favorite stems, after the jump.


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  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Guess what gets the most use at my house? Your last photo, the Picardie tumbler!. And I've been served plenty of good wine in it at homes in France and elsewhere in Europe, too.

    Not only is it dishwasher proof, but pretty much immune to breakage, too, unlike good stemware that never seems to get through large group meals or parties without attrition, especially if someone else does the cleaning up....

    Jun 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Although if I want to be snobbish about it, at least mine are made of real glass, not duralex! ;-)

    Jun 23, 2010 at 11:58 AM


  • Snooth User: awiz
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    I've heard the original purpose of stems was to keep the wine in the bowl from increasing in temperature due to the heat of the hand holding it. Is there any merit to this? If so, does holding my glass by the bowl have any impact on me enjoying it?

    Jun 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM


  • After some research, Master Sommelier, Andrea Immer Robinson, developed a wine glass line called "The One" - http://www.andreawine.com/index.html. One for reds and one for whites. They go in the dishwasher if you can adjust the top rack and they are not expensive. My husband and I love them!

    Jun 24, 2010 at 1:12 PM


  • I've experimented with various size/style of wine glass over the years, and because I like to swirl and sniff both reds and whites, I use Riedel's burgundy glass for my reds and their bordeaux glass for my whites.

    I agree with Greg about the cut rim over the rolled rim - much nicer.

    And yes, the stem is meant to keep your palms off the bowl, which will heat the wine in a hurry - only a good thing if you are drinking brandy!

    Jun 24, 2010 at 1:44 PM


  • Snooth User: Altboy97
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    I was recently visiting my in-laws, rinsed and dried a glass from cabinet and poured a glass of wine. The smell was definitely off. It took a while to realize my mother-in-law over-did the fabric softener on her towels. Drying the glass left a noticable odor in the glass that ruined the wine. Next glass used a paper towel.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM


  • Snooth User: jdellon
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    There is nothing like a 25 oz or larger bordeaux bowl when you are drinking a a full bodied red. Some of the new composite materials make these larger glasses light weight and very durable.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM


  • Snooth User: habap
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    We've bought into the hype. There is an initial difference in the smell and taste in different glasses, but I can't be sure that the "Sauvignon Blanc" is going to be better for all Sauvignon Blancs. Most of our glasses were purchased for us as gifts and it really is an extravagance, but it is our main indulgence (other than the wine itself!)

    Altboy, I wouldn't use the paper towel inside the glass either, since it could leave behind threads. I'd rather risk one or two drops of dilution in the wine.

    Now, I'm not the most precise glass-handler, so we have a rule that no one washes glasses after a party and I hand-wash all the glasses in the morning. Call me a lunatic, but I get a certain pleasure in washing and hanging them on the drying rack (the rack was a gift as well!)

    Jun 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM


  • Snooth User: dwdkc
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    Habap, you're on to something there--never wash the glasses that night; wait until morning! Why? Should be pretty obvious, but something about my coordination at night after drinking wine is off and there is more breakage.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I don't have a rule, but generally nothing gets done after a party at my place! Waking up with a bit of a headache, and facing all those glasses is not fun, but it's better than the alternative.

    truth is I do rinse out all the glasses the night before, and like dmcker I use tumblers pretty frequently, so they can go straight into the dishwasher anyway!.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 4:55 PM


  • Snooth User: angldst
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    I have wine glasses from Eisch, they've got some sort of coating on them that's supposed to aerate the wine within a minute or two of pouring. For Champagne & other sparkling wines, I use a good glass tumbler, or sometimes a silver julep cup, yes, a real one. :)

    Of the Eisch stemware, we have four "white wine" glasses, which are relatively small but fine for white wines, and two "red wine" glasses with bigger bowls. We're happy with them, and I handwash them because I don't think they'll fit nicely in the top rack of our dishwasher.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:01 PM


  • Snooth User: buddhi
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    I don't understand why people are talking about using cheap basic glasses (like tumblers) because they are good for putting in the dishwasher. Most quality wine glasses can go in the dishwasher no problem at all. All my Riedel Vinum glasses do (with everything else) on the delicate setting (for the lower temperature) and have never had an issue; as opposed to the breakage I've had while hand washing. I don't mind drinking wine from a tumbler, but there is no question that you do not get the same experience of the wine because you lose aromas without having the bowl of the glass to 'trap' them.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:10 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    This article was up for several hours, disappeared, and now has come back to life a day or two later. Problems with the Snooth server?

    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:14 PM


  • Snooth User: mtnhkr
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    many years ago I along with our local wine society, attended a Reidel ta\sting of various glasses and wines ---- everyone at that tasting, including myself, all agreed that they were not only better, but vastly improved on the standard tasting glasses --- why pour great wines into mediocre glasses? ---- weakest link in the chain!

    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Hi dm,

    No just testing out some of the images yesterday. Always fine tuning things here!

    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:27 PM


  • Wine glass and dishwasher sould never be in the same sentence! The rinse that is in our ishwashers, puts a film over our things in the dishwasher....so why in the world would you want that on a wine glass?

    YOU DO NOT want any residue-
    Don't put wine glasse4s in the dishwasher, and never put anything but wine in them. Dairy especially, puts microscopic pits in the glass, it will ruin your wine.
    If you are buying wine at Trader Joe's, no worries, but if you shop at K &L.com or Drinkbetterwine.com and you have good taste this makes sense to you.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 6:21 PM


  • Two thoughts:

    1) I use Riedel O glasses (stemless). And have just Burgundy & Bordeaux types. Easy to wash, veven by had.

    2) To winediva -- Trader Joe's -- come on! You can buy good (though not great) wine there! I consider $50 Cab's like Cinq Cepages and Ferrari Carano, not to mention some Grand Cru Bordeaux's to be decent wines (nice midweek, or even weekend quality)...

    Jun 24, 2010 at 7:07 PM


  • What wine glass would be best for a 2008 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Hills Australia?

    Jun 24, 2010 at 7:37 PM


  • What wine glass would be best for a 2006 Finca Flichman Expressiones Reserva 60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina?

    Jun 24, 2010 at 7:39 PM


  • Snooth User: penguinoid
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    I'd guess Bordeaux glasses would be the best bet. I'd agree that it's certainly not worth the bother of getting smaller glasses for white wines.

    Having said that, I tend to use ISO Tasting glasses. They're a bit smaller than I'd like, but the price was right (for a uni student budget). They were $5/glass, then it was a jump up to $50/glass+.

    Interesting comments about tumblers. I'd always read that it's not a good idea to drink wine, any wine, out of tumblers if you want to see the wine at it's best. I'll have to try doing my own comparison one day, though...

    Jun 24, 2010 at 7:48 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    It really depends on the wine so much though. I had this the other day, and lightly chilled I might add http://www.snooth.com/wine/burlotto...

    How much more might I have gotten out of it in a wine glass? I don't know but not enough to make it worth the effort.

    Sometimes I don't want to think about wine, I just want to drink it with dinner. Once it goes in the glass, or once anything goes in a wine glass for that matter, everything changes.

    I can't help but swirl and sniff. My analytical mind jumps into gear and the evening is changed!

    Jun 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM


  • Snooth User: maydaykay
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    dmcker: Duralex IS glass!

    "Founded in 1929, Duralex has been manufacturing glassware and tabletop products in la chapelle-saint-mesmin, a city in the heart of France. Since 1939, when Duralex invented the glass tempering process, the name Duralex has been associated with resilient glassware, thanks to their proprietary tempering process. The original tempered (toughened) picardie glasses are still in production in France and are known as the “original french tumblers.” The picardie glass is the perfect weight: functional yet stylish and feels extremely comfortable in the hand. They are equally suitable for cold or hot drinks, conveniently stackable, impact and chip resistant, microwave and dishwasher safe. With the help of continuous investments and commitment to quality, Duralex has reached a level of excellence that makes its products recognized throughout the world. Duralex is and will always remain a true french manufacturer of glassware and tabletop products, and is the only glass manufacturer that makes 100-percent of their products in France. "

    Jun 24, 2010 at 8:13 PM


  • Snooth User: wjabarnes
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    A couple of years ago we were having a little tasting. Just four of us and four bordeaux.
    Two of the bordeaux just refused to display their bouquet in high priced Riedel glasses. Finally, as our patience was running out, our hostess left the table and returned with eight of the funniest looking wine glasses I'd ever seen, and transferred the odorless wines into them. We swirled the wine for a few seconds and behold...the bouquet leaped from the glass.

    They were the Esperienze glasses by Bormioli.

    Their odd appearance comes from the three channels that circle the bottom of the bowl resulting in a substantially larger area of exposure for the wine and a more efficacious swirling. Esperienze have replaced all the (lower priced) Riedels in my glass collection.

    I never see these glasses in stores anymore, but last time I checked they were still being sold on the internet. Clearly they have not been accepted in America, but that doesn't diminish their quality. Maybe they're just too cheap and weird for most mavens.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 8:13 PM


  • Snooth User: penguinoid
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    Thanks for the comments on the use of tumblers, Greg. I think I'll have to do a side-by-side comparison with a wine glass one evening, and see what, if any, difference I notice. I can certainly think of occasions where a tumbler would be more practical than a wine glass.

    On a tangent, if you look at the description page for the wine you linked to:
    http://www.snooth.com/wine/burlotto...
    in the 'what to expect' section, it talks about Barbaresco. I'm fairly sure Barbera d'Alba != Barbaresco (though, of course, they're both in the same region).

    Jun 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM


  • Snooth User: ubnjtx
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    "The truth is there is some science to support using a varied range of glasses. However, the fact of the matter is that so many things can effect your wine's performance besides the glass"

    "What is the difference between affect and effect?

    As a verb, to affect means 'to act upon or have an influence on', as in "Sunless days affect my mood." It can also mean 'to make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume' as "to affect ignorance." To effect means 'to bring about or create' as in "to effect a change." If you affect something, you do to it. If you effect something, you cause it to be. Advertising might affect the sales of widgets (by causing them to increase), or it can effect sales (bring them about) if, for example, there were no sales at all to begin with. As a noun, effect means 'result, consequence, outcome'. An effect is that which is produced when you affect something: "The poem affected me deeply; it really had an effect on me." Affect as a noun is a term from the field of psychotherapy meaning 'the emotional complex associated with an idea or mental state'. Keep in mind that usually if you want a noun, the word you want is effect, but if you want a verb, the word you want is affect.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM


  • Snooth User: cdjohnston
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    Gregory, Indeed, great article. I am a winemaker and my friends and clients always ask me whether or not there is truth in the brand size or shape of the glass. I tell them not really.

    I use a 250mL beaker or a double old fasion or mason jar in the lab - but that is simply to enjoy the wine. Besides, those shapes don't break as easily when knocked over or off the lab bench as easily as stemware.

    But when I am out wine tasting, or doing my blendings my preferred glass is an INAO (ISO) glass (or somollier) glass. I take my own with me. With no more than 1oz pour in it so I can get maximum impact for sensory analysis.

    And once i get done smelling and tasting then I go for a real pour in a glass the winery is using.

    IMHO - Any wineglass with a nice bowl, with a narrow mouth suits me fine for sensory appreciation of the wine.

    I really hate the stemless wineglasses. First reason is aesthetics. Have you been out to dinner at a really nice restaurant and all you can see a table full of wineglasses with paw-prints all over them? Second, getting a good aerating swirl is difficult. In this sense, I am old-school.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 9:25 PM


  • Snooth User: chickeee
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    Is there a difference drinking wine from green or brown bottles ?

    Jun 24, 2010 at 10:22 PM


  • Much of this is silly. Winery owners and wine makers here and abroad don't care about these details. They just like a big wine glass. Who cares if it's Bordeaux or Burgundy shaped? If it doesn't leak, use it.
    The only point about dishwasher use is that crystal is soft, and will become cloudy when washed in a dishwasher with detergent containing phosphates. So, unless you like drinking from a glass with a rounded, machine-produced, lip be prepared to wash and dry crystal glasses by hand.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 11:18 PM


  • Snooth User: epicure
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    One must try to drink the same wine from a real glass (bordeaux or burgundy) and from a "something" like picardie...and no other comments are needed.

    Jun 25, 2010 at 3:44 AM


  • Snooth User: ebina2
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    There's an interesting psychological study somewhere buried in the comments. Maybe someone can do a controlled study (blind nested anova) that selects a population of wine tasters and then groups different wine glasses by 1a) substance, 2a) shape and volumetric area, 3a) price; and 1b) wine variety, 2b) wine quality, and 3b) wine age. Any takers out there? My stemware glass wine glasses are the best - they were a gift, free. More money for nice wine.

    Jun 25, 2010 at 7:05 AM


  • I have found that Pinot Noir loves scale in glasses, ie the bigger the glass the better

    To Melissa Munroe
    I would serve the malbec cabernet in a bordeaux style glass, the larger the better.
    The Shaw and Smith in a tulip shaped, or DOC- style sommelier/tasting glass, or two more bordeaux glasses. And I would drink it fairly soon well chilled!

    Jun 25, 2010 at 9:18 AM


  • Snooth User: GoinGray
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    To wjabarnes
    I found that the Esperienze glasses by Bormioli are available on Macys.com They look interesting, thanks!

    Jun 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM


  • Although I like a cut lip on my stemware I have found that they are much more prone to chipping than a rounded lip, therefore I have stopped buying the cut lip glasses. My latest find in Bordeaux glasses is Schott Zwiesel they are light and thin, a great size, not too tall or too large a bowl, similar to Riedel shape but a little straighter profile above the shoulder ( I prefer Riedel's in this respect). A VERY durable glass, unlike my Riedel which would break even when hand washing them, and less expensive. I mostly use Riedel Oregon Pinot glasses for Pinot these days and they seem to be plenty durable and are a great swirling glass, funny shaped lip on them though. My Italian grandfather-in-law never drank out of anything but a short tumbler, and that man drank a lot of red wine! I have yet to find a great white wine glass, probably because I don't drink a lot of white wine, any suggestions?

    Jun 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM


  • Snooth User: ivegottv
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    For whatever reason, be it detergent or water chemistry, any glassware I put in my dishwasher begins to develop a dull, etched appearance after a few years of use. I'm pretty sure it's some kind of surface pitting and not a residue. I'll gladly hand-wash my wine glasses (like many others, usually the morning after) just to keep them looking clear.

    Jun 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM


  • Snooth User: 718Nick
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    It has been fun reading through all these comments - proves once again that wine, and all its related topics, brings out the passion in folks.

    I prefer a crystal stem, thin, no lip if possible because I believe it provides a certain asthetic that enhances the experience. Of course, for cold rose in the summer, most anything will do!

    When looking for glasses I have found that a great source, that has decent, durable crystal stems in a number of sizes and configurations, at reasonable prices is Fish's Eddy a store at E. 19 St and Broadway in NYC. They also have a website http://www.fishseddy.com. Crystal stems on the website range from $3.95 - 12.95. I believe the store itself has an even broader selection, and regular glass varieties are also available. The Picardie glasses mentioned earlier are also available in a number of sizes. Worth checking out.

    Jun 25, 2010 at 11:29 AM


  • Thanks for this great thread and to Gregory Dal Paz for the 101 series. I am so glad that Winey322 has tried and liked my The One wine glasses. Gregory I'd be happy to send you some samples for review if you are interested.

    After being asked several years ago by a large crystal company to develop wine stems, I came up with just one white and one red shape that optimize all wines - across appellation, varietal, age, price - the white even works better than a flute for bubbles. I thought this was a great thing since the multiple shapes are confusing and impractical unless you have a wing on your house for stemware, and wine is complicated enough. I was then told by the company that they wanted to stick with the industry-standard of multiple shapes, I guess so they could hopefully sell more glasses? So we parted friends and I kept the designs. I finally found a great mfg partner in Stolzle and got to launch these stems in Stolzle's fabulous-quality, break-resistant lead-free crystal. They are also about half the price of the fancy stems and dishwasher safe, and with 3 kids I don't have much time to baby my wine gear so phew!

    Anyway as a small company my husband and I don't have a budget for wine magazine ads so our strategy is to get the glasses in the hands of thought leaders and to get feedback and hopefully your support once you see their performance versus other stems. So - please let me know if I can send you samples.

    I also want to share our friends and family discount with Snooth-ers - 20% off at http://www.andreawine.com using the code TheOneFF.

    And through July 9, there is a bonus offer of an even deeper discount in celebration of the stems' launch in the top 100 Macy's (thank you Macy's and @CulinaryCouncil for supporting me!). It is a luxury Napa weekend giveaway that's free to enter on either Twitter or Facebook. Details of giveaway and bonus offer are at http://www.andreawine.com/contest. Includes free biz class tickets on my partner @Deltaairlines (thank you for supporting me, too!). All the best and again thanks for a great 101 series!

    Jun 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM


  • Snooth User: StevenBabb
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    i have to admit.... i have a whole range of glasses....

    4 nice bordeaux glasses that only come out when it's warranted... other wise they stay put...

    i also have a very nice collection of glasses that i've taken home from tastings in the valley.... slight variations in bowl size, but still on the smaller side, and every time i pull a couple out of my bar (i have to give a light rinse, the drawback to having a nice wood bar...but it's beautiful...and stocked) seeing the winery logo's bring us back to the memory of the winery... and if we're entertaining, our guests can remember which winery is "theirs" in case they set their glass down...

    i also have a lot of other types of glass wear....

    martini's.... pilsners... pints... buckets... snifters (with sierra nevada's 30th anniversary logo)... and shot glasses from everywhere!...

    but i'm a bartender who loves to entertain...... and i probably have too many glasses....

    Jun 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM


  • Zwecklos -- das Leben -- ohne Duralex.

    Jun 29, 2010 at 8:50 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Hi Andrea,

    I've sent you a message.

    Thanks for coming in and offering our community such a great deal on your glassware!

    Jul 01, 2010 at 10:21 AM


  • Snooth User: Sybarite
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    Here's a thought-- Ikea markets a nice Bordeaux style wine glass for about $2.50 each. Rolled lip but generous bowl. Love them for the everyday and for parties with my fellow Sybs. And when they break-- of course they do-- who cares as long they are empty! Yes we have Riedel-- but those Ikea glasses get a lot more PT (playing time) than the Riedel. Sorry, I can't do the tumbler thing-- I need to sniff the stuff.

    Speaking of sniffing-- left nostril, right nostril or both?

    Jul 16, 2010 at 5:20 PM


  • Snooth User: Chas1
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    Ah come on, I just sit back with a good bottle of wine (even some dago reds are not bad) and enjoy the grape. A cheap glass is just fine with me!

    Dec 01, 2010 at 8:53 PM


  • Snooth User: Chas1
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    All I can say is "Oh brother". I like to just pour my self a good glass of wine (even dago red) and sit back and enjoy it. None of that fo, fo stuff for me! I buy a lot of my glasses at Crate and Barrel.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 9:13 PM


  • Snooth User: Dr Denbo
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    Thanks for dispelling the myth of the stemware-specific wines! I have to admit that sometimes I just use a Belgian beer goblet that is only similar in shape to a burgundy bowl, and it seems to work just as well as my fancy Riedel O-series crystal.

    Dec 03, 2010 at 3:32 PM


  • Snooth User: tjstaff
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    I'll resurrect this thread which has some great information. I happen to agree with Greg...personally, wine glasses that get used the most frequently must go in the dishwasher.

    Haven spoken with a number of restaurant operaters lately who agree with the IKEA/Crate & Barrel comments. As one mid-price restaurant owner told us, "IKEA has a ready supply...price is right...and if they break (they ALL break), I don't worry." For a few pennies more, the Crate & Barrel selection is a pretty good option for restaurants, also.

    Question is: does it matter to the guests who buy the wine?

    Apr 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM


  • Drinking a good wine in a bad glass is like miking love to a beautiful female with the light turned off!

    Feb 25, 2012 at 4:05 AM


  • eliptitude or the arc /angle of the rim is key that is what George Reidel discovered and spent yrs researching. I .had the privilege of attending a glass demonstaration with him in London many years ago. Thickness of glass, lead content, blown or molded bowl, blown or molded stem. tapered or ridged base. surface area of wine at optimium fill. how the glass funnels the vapors

    then cleaning and drying significant.

    do not underestimate how important glassware is

    May 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM


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