Wine glasses, like wine itself, can be a complex topic filled with nuance and conflicting professional (and non professional) opinions. The importance of the shape of the glass, determined by the type of wine, varies depending on who you ask. Wine is a subject that can be studied over the course of a lifetime, and the depth of your knowledge depends on how much you want to invest in terms of time and money.
The most important thing to remember, though, is that wine is to be enjoyed, and while you might not taste the difference the way a sommelier would if your Bordeaux is served in a glass better suited for a Pinot Noir, drinking from a quality glass will still enhance your experience. This selection, that covers a range of styles and price points, offers some of the most popular and versatile glasses for everyday use.
1. Spiegelau Hybrid Bordeaux Glass, The Beverage Factory, $22.46 for a set of 2
Thin, laser cut and lead free, Spiegelau crystal glasses are made by in Germany. While the company is owned by Riedel, the Spiegelau glasses are high quality and more affordable than their Riedel counterparts.
2. Cupa Vino, Sempli, $52 for a set of 2
Unique in its design, the shape of Sempli glasses creates a rotational movement when set down that enhances the oxygenation of the wine.
3. Edge Wine Glasses, Crate & Barrel, $9.95 - $12.95 each
Hand blown and durable, these modern, flat bottomed glasses are as attractive as they are affordable.
4. Perfection Large Bourgogne Glass, Holmegaard, $24.99
Located in Denmark, Holmegaard has been making classic glassware since 1825.
5. Weinland Collection, Stölzle, $8.95
Despite the thin hand blown glass designed to best enjoy the wine, these simple, elegant glasses are surprisingly durable.
6. Vinum Bordeaux Glass, Riedel, $179.99 for a set of 6
While Riedels are an investment, the quality of their glasses enhance any wine they come in contact with.
7. Irvig Stemless Wine Glass, IKEA, $3.99
Affordable and well designed, these IKEA stemless glasses are hand blown and are a great option to have on hand for parties or for everyday use.
8. Essence Collection, Iittala, $50 for a set of 2
These classic Finnish glasses are attractive and a pleasure to drink from. They are a stylish addition to the table, and while they are an investment, they are a great choice if you are looking for something special.
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