Whether you’re ready to graduate from that mismatched set of wine glasses you’ve accumulated over the years or you need to replace stemware that’s been broken piece by piece until you don’t have any glasses left, having the appropriate wine glasses is one of those grown up things that most people agree on.
But there’s more to choosing wine glasses than just picking something with a stem. Wine glasses are designed to enhance the flavor of your wine when you drink it. The wider bowl increases the... surface area of the wine, which means you can smell the vintage you’re drinking—a crucial component to taste. And red and white wines do benefit from differently shaped glasses, though if you can only buy one set, opt for the red wine glasses. You’ll be better off drinking white wine out of a red wine glass than vice versa.
With that in mind, here are the seven best wine glasses on the market today.
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It should come as no surprise that our number one pick for wine glasses comes from Italy. After all, they know their wine. This set from esteemed glass company Bormioli Rocco is our go-to set for red wine thanks to the wide 18-ounce bowl, and delicate, yet still easy-to-hold stem.
The wine glasses are made from a durable lead-free glass, which Bormioli Rocco has designated "Star Glass." The glasses also include XLT Treatment, which helps protect the glass against the most common causes... of breakage.
This four-piece set is the ideal wine glass set for any home, and if you're only going to buy one set of wine glasses opt for these as it is better for the flavor to drink white wine out of a red wine glass than the other way around.
Thanks to their strength, these glasses are dishwasher-safe on the top rack, but if you want to extend their lifespan, it might be better to hand wash them.
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For those who are bigger fans of white wine or even rosé, it makes sense to invest in a white wine glass in addition to your red wine glasses. The narrower goblet and opening mean that there is less surface area for your wine. Why does that matter? The larger the surface area, the faster your wine warms when exposed to warm air. So a narrower glass will keep your white chilled longer.
Like our top pick for red wine, this glass is made from crystal-clear, lead-free glass, and is sturdy enough to... survive the dishwasher on the top rack. But as with all stemware, hand washing will increase the lifespan of these glasses.
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If you're looking to stock up on wine glasses for a party, or don't want to spend a lot on your stemware because your friends and family are prone to breaking them, these are the glasses for you. At less than $12 for four glasses, you can afford to keep a couple extras on hand.
These 10-ounce red wine goblets are a bit smaller than our top pick, but the heavy-duty glassware is durable, and even better, made in the U.S.A. These might not be the most design-forward glasses, but for anyone... on a budget looking to enjoy their Two Buck Chuck, these will fit the bill.
You can save time on cleanup by running these glasses through the dishwasher.
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If you’re looking for wine glasses for special occasions, or you’re just looking for something more distinctive than plain, clear glass, these 24% lead crystal glasses might be the perfect fit. The cuts in the glass are supposed to resemble glass blowing in the wind and add a bit of sparkle to the table, but the design is delicate enough so they look classy and elegant, and will fit nicely with most dinnerware patterns, from casual to plain to formal.
These are 9-ounce glasses and come in a set... of four. This shape is typically used for white wines, but there are other shapes of glasses with this same pattern, if you want to expand your collection. While these are dishwasher safe, hand washing is recommended.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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There are several reasons you might prefer stemless wine glasses—aesthetics, ease of handling, and the guarantee that it will fit in your dishwasher without breaking. If you do prefer to go stemless, these glasses from Royal are the perfect choice.
The wide bowl holds 15 ounces and is appropriate for both red and white wine. Plus, the shatter resistant glass is durable enough to use every day.
Homes with kids might also consider stemless wine glasses as they are harder to knock over meaning... fewer red wine stains to clean out of your sofa or carpet.
While these glasses aren't as high-end as the Riedel stemware, they are a solid choice for most households.
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For festive occasions, nothing beats a glass of bubbly, and the only thing that makes it better is serving it out of a champagne flute. Ideal for sparkling wines of all kinds, these flutes from Riedel have an 8.5-ounce capacity and are made from high-quality, lead-free glass.
The faceted stems on the flutes make them easier to grip, and less likely to slip through your fingers. And while they might not be a budget pick, they are reasonably priced enough that you won't feel bad about having a... full set that you only use once a year on New Year's Eve.
While they are technically dishwasher safe, the height of the flutes make them a challenge to fit on the top rack of many dishwashers. You're better off simply washing them by hand.
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One of the best things about summer has to be alfresco dining on the patio or in the park. And no outdoor meal would be complete without a bottle of wine. That's where these shatterproof, stemless plastic wine glasses come in handy.
Made in the U.S.A. by GoVino, the unique design includes an indentation perfectly positioned for your thumb, making them easier to grasp and swirl, if you feel so inclined.
And if you do somehow manage to shatter or crack any of the glasses, you can rest easy... knowing that they are 100 percent recyclable.
The only drawback for these plastic glasses is that they aren't actually dishwasher safe. The good news is that they are relatively easy to wash, and you won't have to worry about them breaking in the drying rack.
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