Lot’s of customers ask us if they really need to buy a specific set of wine glasses and what’s the best wine glasses on the market. The honest answer is that wine glasses are important and will enhance the palate whilst helping to bring out the aromas in wine. In our test with even the most novice of wine drinker, you can smell the different types of wine much better if you use a wine glass that has been designed specifically for drinking wine rather one that has been designed just to drink with.
What Should You Look For In The Best Wine Glasses
We have spoken to many sommeliers over the years and they often tell us the same things that they are looking for when they are choosing their best set of wine glasses meaning that to choose is very simple, follow the below;
- Clear and Smooth allowing you to easily see the wine inside
- Shorter Wine Stem – This will help with balance and stop it toppling over
- A Wine Glass Stem – You do Need a Wine glass stem as this will mean you can wrap your hands around the glass if you need to warm the wine.
- Red Wine Glasses need to broad so that you can swirl wine around inside the glass letting it breath.
- White Wine Glasses need to be much thinner in order to preserve the taste of your wine.
- Thin Lip – The lip of your wine glass needs to be thinner than the rest of the glas to help direct wine onto a specific part of your palate
- Taper Inwards At The Top – This helps keep the wine in the glass where your swirling it around in your hands
- The Price is Important, however avoid anything under $10 a glass and over $100 as you’re probably paying more the name than the glass
- Avoid Brands – Avoid the major brands or limited edition models as again your paying for the name rather than product
- Avoid Decorative Glasses – They might look great, but they add no additional performance to the glass and are more likely to hinder rather than improve
Before You Buy Wine Glasses
Before you buy wine glasses you also need to think about the care and maintenance that you are prepared to give your wine glasses. Remember wine glasses can be brought cheaply meaning that they are manufactures by machines and therefore solid as rock and easily machine washable, or they can be the opposite – the complete opposite. If you’re going to buy Wine Glasses then you need to make sure that you’re also prepared to treat wine glasses the respect they deserve and that means no machine washing and watch out for your storage options.
Watch out for the type of water that you wash your glasses in low mineral content water that will avoid staining your wineWhite Vinegar – Use wine vinegar to remove any stains in your wine glassesPolishing Your Glass – Watch out that you don’t hold the glass by the base of it as the stem is very delicate and can easily snapStemware Rack – To store your wine glasses, make sure that you avoid your wine glasses coming in contact with other glasses or metal
Overall The Best Wine Glass
Riedel Ouverture Range of Glasses
Overall the best wine glasses on the market is the Riedel Ouverture Range of Glasses that have performed exceptionally well during test, come with hundreds of satisfied customer reviews and most importantly offer a value for money product that comes with great performance. The Riedel Ouverture Range comes in a complete range of glasses to include Red Wine Glasses, White Wine Glasses, Champagne Glasses, Water and Spirits ensuring that you're covered whether you want to drink wine, champagne or even spirits.
The Glasses are made of lead-free crystal glass that are machine blown of potash glass and are therefore dishwasher safe, however the rims are cut and polished by hand to Riedel's exacting standards which ensures that wine and spirits easily flow onto the tongue whilst the rim is both wide enough meaning that you can easily swirl wine around in your hand whilst at the same time being tapered inwards to stop wine sploshing out all over you. Each glass is balanced to perfection and designed and built so that it’s fantastic for beginner wine drinkers and experts alike.
Best Expensive Wine Glasses
Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass are quite possibly the ultimate wine glasses on the market today and offer wine glasses that will take your wine tasting to a whole new level. Please remember, whilst we have a set of these at home, they’re glasses for a special occasion only and have not been designed to be used on a daily basis given they are both feather light and very thin and most importantly very expensive. We have broken a few over the years and my god it hearts the wallet each and everytime you have to replace a glass simply because you were not careful enough to handle this premier glass correctly. Zalto is a small family owned Austrian company with glass manufacturing roots dating back to the 14th Century.
The Zalto range of glassware includes Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, White Wine, Universal, Sweet Wine and Water glasses of which all have been mouth blown using lead-free crystal glass and offer perfectly balanced glasses that come with superb performance. From the moment you see the Zalto range, the first thing you notice is beauty with the second being perfection. The curved bowls are tilted at angles of 24 degrees, 48 degrees and 72 degrees, whilst the stem is wafer thin whilst still offering a solid structure but at the same time allowing for flex as you swirl wine around the glass.
The key downside of the Zalto range is the price, yes they are a premium range of wine glass, but they are also rather expensive and something that you will want to treat correctly to ensure that it lasts.
Best Friend Wine Glasses
Best Friend Wine Glasses
What are friend wine glasses? Quite often you don’t want to pull out your best glasses, but at the same time, you also don’t want to pull out a set of cheap wine glasses and thus often customers will have a set of best friend wine glasses to be used at home. As far as we’re concerned, you can easily use the best wine glasses above being the Riedel Ouverture Range of Glasses given that actually they offer serious value for money.
However if you would prefer to buy yourself a set of Duralex Picardie Wine Glasses that are fantastic all-purpose glasses that are both shatter resistant, lightweight, easily fit in the dishwater and most importantly can be stacked in shelves in your cupboards without any problems.
The Duralex Picardie Wine Glasses are made of lead-free, machine blown glass and come with a decent wine glass lip thickness for wine tasting, but at the same time offer mean that you will not chip of break them when they’re being stored in cupboards or being cleaned in the dishwater – they’re dishwasher safe. What’s more, the solid design also means that you are unlikely to break then if you drop them into your sink like we have all done in the past.
Best Drinking Glass
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Convention
If you’re anything like us, you’re going to enjoy drinking wine, but also need to drink some water during your wine tasting otherwise you’re likely to end up with an all mighty hangover. This is where the best drinking glasses come into the play, however not all drinking glasses are made evenly and whilst it’s possible to pop down to your local ikea and pick up a few Ikea Pokal’s for less than a dollar each, its also a great idea to buy some quality drinking glasses for your dinning table.
Our favourite of all the drinking glasses are is the Schott Zwiesel Tritan Convention which whilst can be doubled up as a fantastic whisky glass, we primarily use them as water drinking glasses given they look the part, come with a sold design and hold around 10 ounces of water in each glass. Most importantly, they are solid, you can drop them in the sink, on the floor and nothing happens. If you want to smash a glass, you need to drop it diagonally to ensure that the rim hits the floor first, at least this is the only way that we have managed to smash a few over the years.
The key downside of buying a drinking glass that offers a value for money product is that they are virtually impossible to stack on top of each other given that the bottom is almost the same size as the top which means they don’t fit into each other, or on top of each other and instead need to lined up side-by-side next to each other. Not exactly a space saving operation.