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Best Wine Glasses

The right wine glass can make the difference between a decent wine and a great wine. That's because wine glasses are specially shaped to enhance the aromas and flavors of different types of wines, bringing out the subtleties you might miss if you try to enjoy wine from the wrong type of glass.

Sparkling, red, and white wines each have their own style of glassware. For sparkling wines, you'll want to use a deep, narrow glass that encourages tiny bubbles to rise to the top. If you're drinking red wine, a glass with a large bowl that has plenty of room at the top for the bouquet is desirable. White wines also benefit from extra room at the top of the glass, though you'll want your nose a little closer to the wine if you're hoping to pick up on the subtleties.

Within these three categories, there are a wide variety of specialized glasses designed to enhance particular varietals. If you tend to drink one type of one, it's a good idea to buy glassware that's ideal for that varietal. No matter what type of wine you enjoy, you'll want to look for glassware that's well-made, easy to clean, and perfectly clear.

Riedel Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Glasses

One of the world's favorite wine glass manufacturers, Riedel makes high quality glassware in a wide variety of shapes and styles. Our favorite red wine glass is the Riedel Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Glass. Though it's been designed with young, tannic wines in mind, this glass is a good all-around red wine glass. The glass is quite large which makes it easy to swirl wines without spilling. The size and angle of the glass also allows the bouquet to fully develop so that you can pick up the intricacies in the wine's aroma. This shape glass is recommended for tannic wines because it helps to highlight fruity aromas and take the edge of the tannic elements. If you prefer softer or mature red wines, Riedel also makes red wine glasses that will help these wines shine.

Libbey Red Wine Glassware 18.25oz-6 piece set

When it comes to red wine glasses, it's entirely possible to find great quality at a low price. Libbey's line of Red Wine Glassware is incredibly popular with wine drinkers and will last for many years, even with daily use. These glasses have a 3.5 inch diameter and hold 18 ounces, making them quite large. The size makes them ideal for young, tannic wines because it helps to soften the nose and bring out the fruity aromas that can get lost under the tannins. The lip of the glass is also curved inward slightly so you can swirl a red wine without spilling it over the sides. When it's time to clean up, Libbey's glassware is dishwasher safe.

Spiegelau Vino Bordeaux Wine Glass

After 500 years of making glassware, it's safe to say that Spiegelau knows how to make high quality red wine glasses. Their Vino Bordeaux Glasses are some of our favorites because they are great for opening up young wines. With their 22-ounce bowls, these are spacious glasses that make it easy to pick up the intricacies of the wine's aroma. The glass itself has also been finished in a way that gives it extra shine and makes it stronger than many other wine glasses on the market. These glasses are ideal for cabernets and merlots. Spiegelau also makes glasses that are suited to other varietals.

Luigi Bormioli Atelier Cabernet/Merlot Wine Glass

The attractive angles of the Luigi Bormioli Atelier Cabernet/Merlot Wine Glasses makes them some of the most striking around. These glasses aren't just about good looks, though, they've also been designed to enhance the aroma and soften the tannins of young red wines. The bowl has a capacity of 23 and 3/4 ounces which is an ideal size for a wide variety of red wines, though you'll only want to fill the glass with between 6 and 8 ounces of wine. The stem of this glass has also been reinforced with titanium so there's little chance of breaking it with normal daily use.

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Pure Collection

If you're looking for non-leaded glassware that has the strength and durability of glassware that's been treated with lead, the Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Pure Cabernet Glass is a great choice. Since these glasses have been enhanced with titanium and zirconium oxide, they are able to resist chipping, scratching, breaking, and damage from heat like no others. This makes them safe to clean in the dishwasher and guarantees that they'll last for many years. These glasses are quite tall, giving them plenty of space to soften the aroma on tannic wines. Schott Zwiesel also makes glasses that are ideal for a variety of other types of wine.

Libbey White Wine 18.5oz Glassware- 6 piece set

Libbey White Wine 18.5oz Glassware- 6 piece set

With a tall bowl that helps the bouquet develop, Libbey White Wine Glasses are some of the most popular glasses around. Holding 18 and a half ounces, these glasses are quite large compared to many white wine glasses, which gives plenty of room to gently swirl the wine. They also feature long stems, are durable enough to stand up to daily use, and are even safe to put in the dishwasher. Additionally, these glasses are offered at a great value, making them a great choice for anyone on a budget who doesn't want to sacrifice quality to get a great price. They are great for a variety of white wines, but work best with sauvignon blanc-style wines.

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Forte Collection White Wine Glass

Able to hold 13.6 ounces, Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Forte White Wine Glasses are a classic design that's perfect for light, subtle white wines. These glasses are incredibly strong and have been reinforced with titanium oxide and zirconium oxide instead of lead. They're safe to put in the dishwasher and won't crack or chip with normal daily use. This style of white wine glass is ideal for sauvignon blancs and pinot grigios. Schott Zwiesel makes glasses designed to enhance the aromas and flavors of other types of white wines as well.

Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc Wine Glass

The long stem of the Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc Wine Glass makes it easy to hold this glass without touching the bowl and warming up a chilled glass of wine. Reinforced with leaded crystal, these glasses are some of the strongest around, as well as some of the clearest, making it easy to see color variations in the wine. The bowl holds around 12 and a half ounces, making it easy to pick out the delicate aromas of subtle white wines. If you prefer other styles of white wine, Riedel makes a wide variety of glasses, each designed to focus aromas so that wine can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Luigi Bormioli Crescendo Chardonnay Glass

Luigi Bormioli Crescendo Chardonnay glasses are some of the most popular around. They have been specially designed to enhance the flavors and aromas of chardonnay style wines, which tend to be more full-bodied than other whites. They hold 13 ounces, giving you plenty of room to enjoy the aroma. There's also no need to worry that your wine glasses will chip or break because these come with a 25 year warranty that guarantees they'll hold up to the test of time. Though they're thin, the stems of these glasses are also incredibly strong, having been reinforced with titanium. If you prefer other varieties of white wine, Luigi Bormioli also makes glasses suited to a variety of other styles.

Spiegelau Winelovers White Wine Glass

A great all-around white wine glass, the Spiegelau Winelovers White Wine Glass is a classic glass that's as attractive as it is versatile. The tall sides of this glass give it a relatively large capacity of over 16 ounces, making it easy to swirl wines and pick up the intricacies of a delicate bouquet. These glasses are also lead-free, though they are nearly as strong and just as clear as many competitors. Spiegelau has been making fine glassware for almost 500 years, and are well-known throughout the world for making high-quality glassware at affordable prices.

Baccarat Dom Perignon Champage Flute

If you're opening a nice bottle of sparkling wine for a special occassion, you'll want to enjoy it in a perfectly crafted champagne glass. The Baccarat Dom Perignon Champage Flute is widely recognized as being the best champagne glass on the market. It has a deep, thin bowl that encourages bubbles to rise in straight, thin lines. It's also made of leaded crystal that gives it a perfect clarity so that every nuance of color can be seen. Though these glasses are more expensive than many other, they truly are worth the extra price, and with proper care, can last a lifetime.

Luigi Bormioli Atelier Champagne Flute

Backed by a 25 year warranty that protects against chipping, cracking, and discoloration, Luigi Bormioli Atelier Champagne Flute Glasses are some of the best you can buy. These glasses feature an angled bowl that helps to reflect light, making a glass of sparkling wine shine. They are made with crystal that has been reinforced with titanium instead of lead. This makes the glasses strong without exposing drinkers to potentially harmful heavy metals. In fact, they're so strong and durable that they can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Spiegelau Festival Champagne Flute

Made in Germany from lead-free crystal, Spiegelau Festival Champagne Flutes are beautiful, well-made glasses that are ideal for any type of sparkling wine. These Champagne glasses are made in the classic flute design, which expands slightly from the base to the middle and then rises nearly straight up to the lip. This shape helps to encourage streams of bubbles to form and concentrates aromas so that the subtleties of the wine can be enjoyed. Not only are these glasses elegant and functional, they're also incredibly durable thanks to a special finishing process that reinforces the crystal.

Lenox True Love Crystal Flute

Champagne is a romantic drink that's often enjoyed on special occasions, which is why the romantic design of the Lenox True Love Crystal Flute is one of the most popular. These glasses feature a design plated in silver on the outside of the glass, making these some of the most elegant glasses around. Though they're popular for their aesthetic appeal, these glasses are also ideal for sparkling wines. The deep bowls help streams of tiny bubbles to rise and the long stems make ideal handles that keep warm hands away from chilled glasses of sparkling wine.

Riedel Vinum Champagne Glass

With long stems and tall thin bowls, Riedel Vinum Champagne Glasses are some of the best there are. These glasses are made with high-quality crystal that's been treated with lead to add strength and clarity. Made in the classic flute shape, with straight sides that encourage bubbling and concentrate the bouquet without overwhelming, sparkling wines of all types shine in these glasses. In order to keep them like new for years to come, you'll want to wash these glasses by hand with soap and warm water.

Libbey Vina 12-Piece Stemless Red and White Wine Glasses

A large set of stemless wine glasses that are some of the most affordable around, Libbey Vina 12-Piece Stemless Red and White Wine Glasses are popular with casual wine drinkers and wine enthusiasts alike. These glasses come in two different styles, a 16.5 ounce red wine glass with a wide, almost spherical bowl, and a 17 ounce white wine glass that's tall and slim to capture the delicate aromas of white wines. Made of strong, durable glass, they are safe to put in the dishwasher and will hold up to daily use for years.

GoVino Stemless Wine Glass

GoVino Stemless Wine Glass

There's no need to worry about breaking a GoVino Wine Glass. These glasses are made from an incredibly sturdy food-safe polymer that's flexible and completely shatterproof. This makes these glasses ideal to bring along to a picnic, pool party, or day at the beach. They also have an ergonomic thumb grip built into the side so that they won't slip out of your hands. Though many wine drinkers may balk at enjoying a drink out of a plastic vessel, these stemless glasses have been specially designed to show of the colors and concentrate the bouquet just as well as their glass or crystal counterparts. When GoVino stemless glasses eventually reach the end of their long lives, they are also completely recyclable.

Riedel O Cabernet/Merlot Wine Tumblers

Famous for making some of the most popular, high-quality stemware in the world, Riedel also makes some of the best stemless wine glasses. The company's O Cabernet/Merlot glasses are some of our favorites. These glasses are nearly five inches tall and hold over 21 ounces, giving plenty of room inside the bowl for a full bouquet to develop. They are made from crystal that, unlike many of Riedel's products, hasn't been treated with lead, so they're safe to drink from daily and more affordable than many of the company's other products. When it's time to clean up, these glasses can be placed gently in the dishwasher.

Luigi Bormioli Atelier Cabernet/Merlot Stemless Glasses

Luigi Bormioli Atelier Cabernet/Merlot Stemless Glasses are made by master glass workers using traditional techniques. The angles on the glasses help to bounce light off the wine, enhancing its color, while the tall sides help to focus aromas so the subtleties of the wine can be enjoyed. They are made from a crystalline glass that's strong and perfectly clear and don't contain any lead. This makes these glasses safe to drink from every day. They're also sturdy enough to put in the dishwasher and designed to last for many years.

Anchor Hocking 15-Ounce 4-Piece Stemless Wine Glass Set

The classic design of Anchor Hocking Stemless Wine Glasses make them ideal for a variety of different wines. They are made of thick glass and though this makes them heavier than many of other stemless glasses, it also makes them stronger and more durable. The glass itself is perfectly clear and hasn't been treated with lead, making it safe to drink from them daily. Large enough to fit 15 ounces, a standard 6 to 8 ounce pour of wine has plenty of room to breathe in these glasses. They're safe to put in the dishwasher, though they will last longer if you wash them by hand with soap and warm water.

Crystal Beran
Crystal Beran has spent the past 10 years immersed in the exciting and delicious world of food and drink. She has honed her cooking skills as a baker, a caterer, and a personal chef, and currently spends a good deal of her time training the next generation of young chefs. Her work as a wine steward has helped her to develop a discerning palate and a love of excellent wines from all over the world. Over the years, she has had the good fortune to visit wineries in Northern California, Tanzania, France, and Italy. In her spare time, she brews beer and invents delectable dishes to share with friends, family, and students.
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