Some would say that there is nothing better than ending a long day with a glass of wine. Most of us already have our go-to wine, whether it’s a Pinot Noir, a Sauvignon Blanc, or a sweet glass of Rose. It can be very hard for someone average like me to choose the best wine glass for the occasion. However, if you haven’t ever given your wine glass a second thought, you could be missing out on some of the beauty of a glass of wine.
A wine glass is so much more than just a glass, and there are countless different sizes, shapes, colors, materials, and brands of stemware, but don’t let that intimidate you! All you need to do is decide what you want most from your glass and choosing the right one will be simple.
Assess what kind of wine you will drink out of it, how you like a glass to feel in your hand, what other activities you are usually doing while drinking out of it, how much you are willing to spend, and whether you like your wine glasses to blend in or stand out. If you are going to reward yourself at the end of the day with a glass of wine, make sure you are doing it right!
10. Triangle Hand-Blown Glass
This set of four glasses is suitable for whatever kind of wine the occasion calls for. With its slightly longer stem and unique twist on classic bowl shapes, this glass manages to look classy and timeless, while still having a touch of flair. As far as functionality, the longer stem prevents you from holding the glass by the bowl, which allows your wine to stay cool for longer. The glass is durable and reliable without being overly thick or giving off a cheap look.
Pros: lightweight, timeless, versatile
Cons: smaller bowl, moderately pricey
9. Schott Zwiesel Forte Burgundy Glass
This beautiful set of six glasses is intended specifically for use with burgundy or other red wines, such as Pinot noir or Chianti. The extra-large bowl allows space for you to get the full experience of the aromas of the wine. The glasses manage to look chic and expensive but are still dishwasher-safe and scratch-resistant.
As an added bonus, this particular line has options for expanding your stemware collection to include something for everyone. There are pieces of white wines and sweet reds, rock drinks, water, champagne, and more. With the options provided, you can build your stemware collection from the ground up, without breaking the bank.
Pros: entire collection available, dishwasher safe, releases full aromas of red wines
Cons: basic design, shorter stem
8. American Flat Crystal White Wine Glass
Since I included a glass for the red wine connoisseurs, of course, I had to find one for those who love their white wines. This glass maintains the elegance that comes with a tapered bowl, while still being perfect for capturing the floral aromas of a good white wine. The stem is long enough to comfortably hold, allowing your wine to stay chilled longer. Overall, these glasses are the perfect day-to-day glasses for anyone who loves a good white wine.
Pros: Very low price, durable, classic shape
Cons: Thicker glass, smaller
7. Riedel Superleggero Bordeaux Grand Cru Glass
So far in this list, the options are geared toward someone looking to stock their cabinets with day-to-day stemware. However, this gorgeous piece is something that you can be proud to pull out at the next event you host. Between the seamless shape, the thin glass, and the sleek stem, this glass is something anyone will be happy to hold. While these glasses are much more expensive than the others on the list, if you are looking for a timeless piece of stemware, this is absolutely it.
Pros: timeless, thin, elegant
Cons: price, hand-washing required
6. Waterford Lismore Essence Glass
If you are looking for something classic, these beautifully cut glasses may be what you need. They manage to maintain the lightweight look while incorporating the timeless diamond cuts. Much like the Schott Zweisel glasses, these are a part of a collection that can easily be expanded to include stemware for everyone. On top of it all, these beautiful glasses are miraculously dishwasher-safe!
Pros: intricate design, high-quality, classic
Cons: higher price, heavier
5. Artland Fizzy Goblet
I wanted to be sure to include an item on this list that would throw in some fun without sacrificing elegance. These goblets allow for the fun of a pop of color and a ‘fizzy’ texture in the glass, while still maintaining a classic shape. While the Waterford of the Riedel glasses might be great for when you are hosting an important guest that you need to impress, these adorable glasses are perfect for when your friends come over to watch a romantic comedy and eat ice cream.
Pros: colorful, unique, low price
Cons: thicker stem, casual
4. Sweese Stemless Wine Glass
With the ever-increasing popularity of these, I had to include a stemless option. This particular stemless glass carries the stability and convenience that many people seek while maintaining a sophisticated, high-end look. Not only do they take away the worries of spilling wine, they also have a large capacity that allows for plenty of drink while still leaving space for aromas to develop and reach the nose. These beautiful glasses are perfect for whatever occasion, whether it is formal or casual.
Pros: stability, dishwasher-safe, sleek look
Cons: no stem to keep wine from warming in hand, lower-quality glass
3. MagJo Stainless Steel Wine Glass
In the interest of pleasing everyone, I had to throw in a few unconventional items, and this is definitely one of them. The uniqueness of these stainless steel glasses goes unmatched. However, these might be exactly what you never knew you needed. The stainless steel aspect brings so many new possibilities to the wine glass table. You can take these wine glasses wherever without any concern about breaking them. Whether you’re hosting an event outside or you just want to be able to go somewhere with your wine without having to worry, these are the perfect solution. On top of the durability, the stainless steel keeps your wine cool and does not alter the flavor or aromas.
Pros: durable, versatile, unique
Cons: casual, not dishwasher-safe
2. Host Wine Freeze Cooling Cup
I have to say, this is one of the products I am most excited about on this list. Yet again, I might be introducing you to exactly what you never knew you needed. These cups have a double wall that contains Host’s proprietary cooling gel. The technology allows you to freeze the cups before using them so that your wine stays cold. All it takes is about two hours in the freezer. The glass also features a colored, silicone band around it, allowing it to sit comfortably in your hand. If you spend time during the summer sipping wine by the pool or drinking a glass with dinner on the patio, these cups were made with you in mind.
Pros: freezing technology, silicone for grip, multiple colors
Cons: casual, plastic
1. Veracity & Verve Naturally-Aerating Stemless Glass
To finish off the list, here is one more fun take on a classic wine glass. These stemless glasses with tapered bases allow your wine to continue to aerate through circular motion. These glasses manage to have a sleek, sophisticated look that makes the unique bottom quite a surprise. I am confident that when you pull these out the next time you have guests over, you will quickly have a conversation piece.
Pros: naturally aerate, comfortable fit in-hand, thin glass
Cons: risk of spillage, delicate
Best Occasions To Bring Out Wine Glasses
Wine makes any occasion better. It’s one of those drinks that brings people together and helps everyone unwind. Here are a few occasions to bring out the wine glasses:
The holidays are a perfect time to serve wine. Everyone gets together and enjoys drinking a smooth glass together. Not to mention, bottles of wine are usually given as gifts during Christmas. This is the perfect time to crack it open and drink it with your loved ones. Of course, you can’t serve it in paper cups, which is the best time to pull out your wine glasses.
Time With Friends
When the girls come over or you have a housewarming, you have to serve wine. It’s a time to get together, laugh, and enjoy being together. Although you can do all of that without wine, it’s a lot better with it. Plus, if you have a wine glass set, this is a great opportunity to show it off to your friends.
Wine has a way of making dinner taste better. When you prepare a nice meal, you have to chase it with wine. Especially, if you prepare a classy dinner. Obviously, if you serve chicken wings and pizza, it tastes better with beer. But food like pasta, lobster, and steak pair lovely with wine.
After a long day, nothing soothes like a glass of wine. While you sit and read a book or have a bubble bath, having an adult beverage makes things much more relaxing. Just because you don’t have guests over, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use your glasses. Drinking from wine from anything other than your wine glass isn’t the same—sipping from it makes the experience complete.
Honestly, there’s no wrong time to indulge in wine. Plus, as long as you have nice glasses, why not use them? It doesn’t matter if you are drinking alone or with friends, sipping your favorite wine from a glass is a must.
The Most Popular Types Of Wines
If you know anything about wine, then you know there are different kinds of available. Not every flavor matches everyone’s palate or pairs well with certain foods. But the varieties are endless and there are many brands to choose from. If you are new to drinking wine, there are wine tasting available at certain venues that can educate you and let you sample the drinks.
Red wine comes in a plethora of flavors. It’s most known for having more of a dry taste, depending on the type of red wine it is. And usually has a deep cherry flavor, with an earthy undertone. But if you don’t like that taste, sweet red wines are available as well.
White wines have a much different flavor than red wines. They contain more of a grape flavor and they’re not as dry. However, white wine comes in both sweet and subtle flavors. Not to mention, most sparkling wines are white like Champagne and Prosecco.
Which Wine Glass is Best?
All in all, no matter what glass you use, wine is an experience in and of itself. Make sure you get the most out of each sip. Each of these products offers something different, and each person’s wine glass needs are completely unique. Overall, if you are in search of the wine glass that you will get the most use out of without breaking the bank, the Triangle Hand-Blown Glass is probably a great place to start.
With that said, I am confident that you could find the time and a place for each of these, so I encourage you to think about your own wine glass needs. Maybe it is time to upgrade to some high-end pieces, and you deserve that. Maybe you just want to try something fun and new next time you pour yourself a glass. Either way, don’t detract from your wine experiences by downplaying the importance of stemware.