Wine Glasses

A buyer’s guide to elegant glassware

Not all wine glasses are created equal. The finest Italian wine glasses that break the bank aren’t necessary for maximizing the taste of your wines. As long as your glasses are the appropriate shape, made of thin clear glass, and are aesthetically pleasing, even cheap wine glasses will do just fine. If you arm yourself with a little information, you’ll know just how to choose the right glasses for any occasion.

There are certain characteristics which lend themselves to optimizing the enjoyment of specific types of wine. To better understand the different wine glasses and the drinks to which they are best suited, here is a rule of thumb guide:

When deciding how many wine glasses to buy, keep in mind the type of entertaining you will be doing. What kind of wine do you typically serve? Do you normally have large gatherings in your home at the holidays? Will you serve another type of wine with dessert? Be sure to purchase extras of each kind of glass. This is a good idea because if any glasses are lost or broken, you’ll want to be able to easily replace it, especially if the manufacturer no longer sells the style of wine glass that you own. Otherwise you would have to purchase a completely new set. It's also a good idea to think about your overall kitchen design and home decor when purchasing wine glasses, as they may look out of place if they are a stark contrast to your other design elements.

Wine Glass Manufacturing

Whichever wine glasses you choose, it’s best that they are thin and made of clear glass so as to allow the drinker to view the contents. The finest wine glasses in the world have traditionally been produced using lead crystal. However, as concerns surrounding the ingestion of lead have risen in recent years, wine glass manufacturers have developed new technology for producing top-quality crystal wine glasses without the use of lead. If this is something you’re worried about, watch for labels specifying that the crystal is lead-free.

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