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Snooth User: tokidoki

Wine glasses recommendations

Posted by tokidoki, Sep 9, 2009.

I was searching for a good Pinot Noir wine glass and saw a few by Riedel that seemed popular. Does anyone have recommendations by wine/varietal for wine glasses that promote the strengths and best characteristics of each wine?
Thank you!


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 10, 2009.

I think Reidel has fairly cornered much of the market for premium wine glasses. Their purchase several years ago of competitor Speigelau removed a less expensive, but perfectly suitable, alternative from the marketplace. They continue to sell Speigelau but at a somewhat higher price but you can certainly find great deals on the glasses, like this closeout from Wine Enthusiast:

I wouldn't get too, too worried about the glass you use though it should be fairly large and have a functional shape, speaking for Pinot Noir.

I personally use 2 different glasses, my big bowls for Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo and the more common Bordeaux styled stem for everything else. While a different glass might theoretically be better for certain wines, I am after all just drinking the stuff and have limited storage space, not to mention money for glassware! Ikea sometimes has pretty good all-purpose glasses for about $4 each I believe.

Reply by saignee, Sep 10, 2009.

I like to use the Reidel "Oregon Pinot" stem for Pinot Noir as it concentrates the nose and allows a nice swirl and shows legs quite well. However I detest washing them as it typically requires hand washing\drying and they are fragile. An interesting piece of trivia regarding the Reidel Oregon Pinot glass is that it will hold the entire contents of a 750mL bottle. I myself was incredulous but after proofing it I realized the truth. It goes clear to the rim, so no swirl or manageability of the wine once its in there.

Reply by bigracedog, Sep 11, 2009.


Reply by MTB, Sep 13, 2009.

I second GDP's mention of IKEA - I picked up a set of six big bowl and six bordeaux-style glasses at Ikea for $23 (total); they are great for everyday and can go in the dishwasher (the stems on the big bowl glasses are long though, so they don't fit in all dishwashers). I save the "good" glasses for more expensive wines.

Reply by GregT, Sep 13, 2009.

check out Crate and Barrel and also Bed Bath and Beyond if you arent near an Ikea

Reply by rhill2990, Sep 13, 2009.

I bought some Reidel Vortice type glassware recently on sale. I really like the glasses I could only afford four at a half price of $25 a copy. These glasses are ribbed and when the wine is swirled it seems to aid in release of the aromas. I only use them for reds and although they are sturdier, I hand wash them and handle them carefully. But they are nice.

Reply by D9sus4, Sep 13, 2009.

I also use the big bowl, long stemmed Pinot Noir glasses from Ikea. They can hold about 600ml of wine, so if you like a generous 187.5ml pour, like I do, you still have plenty of room to swirl and oxygenate. I also have a variety of glassware from Reidel and others which I mostly use for white wines, dessert and ports. Reidel also makes a less expensive line of glassware called Vivant that they market through Target stores.

Reply by Carly Wray, Mar 29, 2010.

I know this is a months-old thread, but it's such a popular question here on Snooth, I thought I'd add a link to our new Guide to Wine Glasses.

Reply by Degrandcru, Mar 29, 2010.

Just have to defend my German mother tongue: it is Riedel, not Reidel.

Reply by amour, Mar 29, 2010.

Just looked at the new  Guide To Wine Glasses...Thanks.

Reply by redwinesiren, Mar 30, 2010.

I received 2 Riedel Pinot Noir glasses as a gift and love them.  They have almost a wide pear shape to them.  I'm also a fan of wine glasses by Luigi Bormioli.  I have a set of glasses that I use for cabs that are art deco inspired and absolutely gorgeous.  I also just purchased a set of 4 L.B. glasses for white wine. As far as stemless versus stemmed, I've used both and most definitely prefer stemmed glassware; it just feels more comfortable in my hand and makes for easier swirling

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 7, 2010.


I am in the same arena as GDP, I'll generally consume from Pinot Noir or Bordeux styled stemware (for Red's of course).

The reason I've bumped this thread is I can't believe no one has mentioned EISCH?! Their stemware made from 'Breathable Glass' are in my collection.  Love 'em.

"The premise of this glass it to help it air-out the wine while in the glass – it does so by using a super-polymer layer that creates tiny pockets of air that encompass the wine"

A review:


Reply by Peppino, Apr 7, 2010.

I primarily use Riedel and have several different types of their wine glasses as well as grappa and single malt scotch glasses by them.   I also have a bunch of glasses I've received at winery tastings.  I use the Pinot glasses also for nebbiolo based wines and also Aglianico from southern Italy. 

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