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Snooth User: penguinoid

Plastic wine 'glasses'

Posted by penguinoid, Sep 8, 2009.

Drinking wine out of plain, ordinary tumblers seems to be a bad idea. And carrying wine glasses actually made of glass around (e.g., to picnics) is a bit tricky as they constantly want to break. Are plastic wine glasses okay? I'm a little concerned that I'd end up with wine that smelt/tasted nicely of plastic...


Reply by dmcker, Sep 8, 2009.

So what's wrong with sometimes use of tumbler-type glasses for wine? Plenty of people in Europe and elsewhere drink wine that way. And I'll admit I don't always use crystal stemware at home, especially for daily wines, but, instead, often tumblers. I've also been known to use fairly nice plastic glasses and flatware in a picnic-basket-in-a-backpack setup that I've carried, with a bottle or two of wine in it, up to mountaintops, on boats to remote islands, to the local park, etc., etc....

Reply by lingprof, Sep 8, 2009.

I would probably take the tumblers: those short stocky ones that are kind of trapezoid shaped are pretty indestructible. I've never actually had wine in plastic, except champagne. But I think I would 1) smell the plastic glasses and try to buy ones that didn't have any scent initially, 2) scrub them well before using, and 3) then only pour a small amount into them at a time. Have a great picnic!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 8, 2009.

You've had beer and cocktails out of plastic?

I have, and wine too. While I would never recommend them for daily use they're fine once in awhile, especially if the wines is a bit rugged.

Reply by lingprof, Sep 8, 2009.

Hahaha! actually thinking back to my college days, I probably drank everything out of everything at some point. But it's been a while.

A nice anecdote: a friend had me over to dinner, and he just moved to a new place. No wineglasses so he served us wine in his grandma's china teacups, an heirloom. It was charming, actually, and did not have any negative effect on the wine (a moderate Malbec).

Reply by Nebuchadnezzar168, Sep 8, 2009.

Not as nice as glass, but the plastic's A-OK.

Reply by D9sus4, Sep 8, 2009.

If you look around in a good wine or kitchen supply store, you can sometimes find wine glasses made of polycarbonate (also called Lexan), which is a type of plastic that doesn't impart any flavors to the food it contacts. It is also used to make the clear containers for commercial food processors, so it is very hard to break. You can also buy polycarbonate water bottles in which to transport your wine on rough hikes or bike rides if necessary.

Reply by Jimmy Cocktail, Sep 9, 2009.

Ms Cocktail and I have found a camping version of wine glasses at REI (I believe they are made out of Lexan) that break down, travel easily, and do not taint the wine. Certainly not for everyday use but fine if you want more than just a tumbler.

Reply by Hugo Sauaia, Sep 9, 2009.

Where can I buy these Lexan wine glasses online?

Reply by Jimmy Cocktail, Sep 9, 2009.

You can get them direct from REI.

Reply by D9sus4, Sep 9, 2009.

Actually, the wine glasses being sold at REI are made of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, which is even better since it is certified BPA-free. Thanks for the tip and link Jimmy Cocktail.

Reply by penguinoid, Sep 10, 2009.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'd always heard that drinking wine out of tumblers was a Bad Idea in that you didn't get the full advantage of being able to smell the wine properly. I'm not certain whether this is the case in real life or not, I've not put it to the test yet.

I think I might use tumblers for the moment, but keep an eye out for Lexan plastic wine glasses...

Reply by chadrich, Sep 10, 2009.

How about compromising with a set of Riedel (or knock-off) "O"s? Still glass, so can break, but by eliminating the stem, I've found that you eliminate a lot of the risk. They pack easier, still have a decent shape to impart aromas, and achieve what a tumbler would but are a step-up.

Reply by ATootsie, Sep 11, 2009.

Good reply chadrich, Also no need to use fine crystal but I guess I'm a wine snob and would never think of using plastic unless there were no other choices. You can find some heavier duty stem glasses or O's at World Market! I love those for transporting! Cheers

Reply by WineGeekChris, Sep 11, 2009.

Stemless Glasses are a nice compromise. They fit in picnic baskets well, and are less prone to breakage as stemmed. You can usually find them at a Pier One or an Ikea for $2 a piece.

Reply by penguinoid, Sep 15, 2009.

My normal wine glasses aren't exactly fine crystal -- they're ones I bought at a local wine store for about $5 each. Hence it's not really a financial disaster if they break, just an inconvenience. I'll see if I can find some stemless ones too...

Reply by Muchkabouche, Sep 28, 2009.

My wife and I just went on a 7-day camping trip in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, nicely located within minutes of over a dozen wineries. We took along our favorite wines for special occasions, Chateau Montelena Zinfandel and King Estates Pinot Gris. Wine tasting during the week would provide opportunites to sample the local offerings and supplement the stash. I packed two $1.99 stemmed wine glasses in a small padded thermal lunch pack, the perfect size for the glasses wrapped in a dishcloth. I view it as a wine snob's camping survival kit. NO plastic for us. Although, we have used the red 20-ounce solo cups when in a pinch.

Reply by fleet, Oct 8, 2009.

I've tried lots of plastic glasses in search of one that does not affect flavor by imparting chemicals nor by the shape of the glass. Any glass will work just fine in a pinch of course but I was looking for something that would still be acceptable at a wine tasting event where it was impractical to bring real glasses (I own a winery
The one I'm happiest with is called Govino. They are flexible/unbreakable/washable and recyclable when they are worn out. They are stemless and shaped like a Riedel O and are 16oz to the rim. You can get them online or perhaps at your local wine store.

Reply by richardross, Mar 29, 2010.

I always take two of the Riedel O glasses (the Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc version) with me on holiday - but never use them at home - I've had them in France, Spain, even wine country in India, where I've whipped them out in restaurants. Most useful if you're renting a flat or house in wine country somewhere, because through bitter experience you are never provided with decent glassware to enjoy your local wine finds. My partner says she thinks some of my wine habits are bizarre, but she approves of this one!

Reply by Protein Powder, Sep 8, 2011.

Lots of information and resources about plastic wine glasses. I got what I need to search for.Thanks you for the information gathered at one place only.One Fantastic way to drink wine in glass only id to pack wine glass. Very easy to use. No need to pour the wine in another clad. Just open & drink.

Reply by Vine Master Fanucchi, Sep 11, 2011.

I agree the Riedel O Glasses are the best insurance for picnics ect-- No stems to break! the bottom end of choices glass tumblers would be much better than plastic.

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