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The 10 Best Wine Glasses for Your Next Dinner Party
In the past I considered glassware to be an overrated aspect of enjoying wine. I was happy as long as the glass had a hole in the top, but not in the bottom, and that it was refilled liberally.
In recent years my opinion has changed dramatically when it comes to enjoying the entire process of drinking wine. How the wine is aerated, how you can appreciate the aroma, the weight, comfort, and durability of the vessel are all important to the experience, especially when you’re hosting a dinner party or paying a hefty price tag for a bottle of vino.
In contemporary wine culture, you can go in many different wine glass directions. Myself, I still like versatility, but I also like stemless glasses (I have big hands and I wave them about when I’m talking). Some of my friends prefer using specific glassware for a specific purpose.
The following collection of best wine glasses for your next dinner party offer a range of options; versatility, specialty, luxury, or thriftiness. You can be assured there’s a glass type in this list that will appeal to you.
1. Elixir Crystal Wine Glasses
This dual red wine/white wine glassware from Elixir is described as “sophisticated, stunning and luxurious.” It’s easy to see why with the delicate stemware and softly curving bowl of each glass crafted clear and bright.
If you’re looking for an ideal gift for the wine lover/sommelier or for glasses to host your own dinner or cocktail party, the Elixir lead-free, ultra-clear crystal has been crafted to pair with pinot noir, Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon, or chardonnay.
Each Elixir standard wine glass is shaped and hand-blown by artisans using traditional methods to emphasize the wine’s aroma. The wide rim is carefully cut and polished to direct the wine to the center of the tongue and create harmony between fruit, acidity, and tannin flavors in the mouthfeel.
These glasses are at a price point where you can stock up, and Elixir also offers a one-year satisfaction guarantee for their product to provide you with peace of mind.
2. Zalto Denk'Art Universal Hand-Blown Crystal Wine Glasses
The top quality Zalto glass options range extends through the champagne flute, white wine, dessert wine, and a range of reds (Bordeaux, burgundy, pinot noir glass). If you can purchase your wine glass by type of grape, by all means, go for it, however, I like the versatility this universal glass provides at a premium price point.
This beautiful glassware is light but 100% dishwasher safe. It’s hand-blown from the finest European crystal, with the shape of the bowl meticulously designed to bring out the best expressions of every type of grape. If you’re a dedicated wine lover and entertainer beginning your Zalto Glass collection, the universal glass works perfectly.
3. Libbey Signature Kentfield 12-Piece Wine Glass Party Set
This quality stemmed wine glass set from Libbey offers six 24 ounce red wine glasses and six 16 ounce white wine glasses for premium dinner party hosting, celebratory gifts, or even an intimate wine tasting. The red wine glass features a wide bowl design, while the white wine glass utilizes a smaller, more slender profile.
Libbey glassware is designed to enhance the wine’s aroma and flavor straight from the bottle, whether for wine professionals or more relaxed entertaining. The elegant Kentfield design is comfortable and easy-to-hold and swirl, and manufactured with Libbey’s “Clear Fire” formula for added brilliance, strength, and clarity. Libbey Kentfield glasses are durable and dishwasher safe for quick, easy cleanup and made BPA-free and lead-free in the USA.
4. Rastal Harmony Wine Glass
Stemless glass options are increasingly popular in bars or home setups, due to their comfort, durability, and washability. The Harmony stemless wine glass is useful for your favorite wine, craft beer, or even as a simple water glass, featuring a smaller mouth tapering to a wide bowl that allows the aromatics of your beverage to be concentrated and more fully experienced when it hits your tongue.
This Rastal six-piece set offers dishwasher safe, lead-free, optimally balanced and high-quality universal glassware. It’s the right glass for dinner party versatility at 13.5 fluid ounces, although the brand offers traditional stemmed drinking glass options as well.
5. Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Classico
The Schott Zweisel Classico stemware consists of six 18.4 ounce, 9.4” tall, 3-½” wide universal glass options for wine or water. The Classico collection is durable and elegant. The bowls create a soft round shape and slightly wider opening, and they’re a well-weighted, good-looking, and functional wine glass you might not notice during a dinner party (which is a good thing).
The patented Tritan crystal glass is a non-lead material of titanium and zirconium oxide that resists breakage, chipping, scratching, and is thermal shock resistant. It’s made in Germany and suggested for use with wine varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, Bordeaux, merlot, syrah, zinfandel, malbec, Barolo, chardonnay, and viognier.
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6. Le’Zare Stemless Wine Glasses
The Le’Zare stemless wine glass is unique looking and effective for white wine, red wine, or cocktail use. They are a nice size at 19 fluid ounces and come in a set of 12, so can cover nearly any drinking glass situation with ease.
Elegantly curved to perfectly fit in your hand, the Le’Zare glass offers comfortable heft and durability for dishwasher safe use. Being stemless, they feature a wider than normal base, which helps make the glass tip more resistant to accidental spills and breakage.
Le’Zare stemless glass offers a coolly contemporary, different wine glass option for gifts, casual entertaining, or more formal occasions. They’re the right glass to try if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.
7. Riedel Wine Series Chardonnay Glass
If you are going to go with varietal-specific glasses, opting for Riedel Wine Series glasses is a good place to start. Riedel is a family-owned, 300-year-old crystal company known for inventing varietal-specific stemware, recognizing that the taste of a beverage is affected by the shape the glass comes in.
The classic Riedel shape allows young wines to express all their invigorating freshness, while more mature white wine is encouraged to deliver nutty, spicy, mineral flavors. This viognier/chardonnay glass is designed so low acidity is delivered in a way that sets off the alcohol and rich flavors of the wine while emphasizing the fruit and ensuring a long, balanced finish.
If you’re a budding sommelier contemplating a cheese and wine tasting night, a dinner party impresario, or just like a glass designed specifically for enhancing your favorite wine bottle, then the Riedel Wine Series glassware is the option for you.
8. Gold Glass Crystal Champagne Flute Set
This set of six lead-free crystal champagne and sparkling wine flutes are eight fluid ounce glasses elegantly shaped and hand-blown using traditional methods. Each Gold Glass crystal champagne flute looks luxurious in the sleek contemporary fashion, featuring delicate stems but beautifully slender bowls.
They are delicate but surprisingly sturdy glasses, dishwasher safe, and gift box packaged to prevent breakage. If you want a dessert wine or champagne glass ideal for different entertaining or casual situations, the Gold Glass option represents great value and design.
9. Spiegelau Burgundy Red Wine Glass Set
The Spiegelau brand brings 500 years of expert German craftsmanship while creating glassware for the modern lifestyle. This modern crystal burgundy glass set enhances the aroma of rich red wines – burgundy, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon – while aerating each vintage for clean enjoyment.
These premium wine glasses are the perfect gift for a wine lover. They are lead-free and seamless, made to highlight the natural hue and viscosity of each wine. Spiegelau’s process ensures brilliance without scratching, fogging, or loss of sparkle, even through myriad dishwasher cycles.
10. Umi Umizili 12 Ounce Glasses
This set of 12 clear, high-quality 12 ounce wine glasses are meant for everyday use, casual dining, parties, and entertaining. They allow for complete content visibility so you can showcase your delicious red and white wines for a quality presentation while retaining multi-purpose options, especially where multiple glasses of wine are being served at once.
These glasses are made lead-free and securely packaged in a shipping box. They are durable and dishwasher safe for quick, easy cleanup. The Umi Umizili products come with a one-year warranty for free exchange, which is an excellent option for cheaper, utilitarian glassware.
Bonus: Smith’s Mason Jar Glassware
Yeah, I know it’s a bit weird, but I drink a fair bit of red wine out of a mason jar because I got two free ones when I purchased some wine a while back (a very jammy Australian syrah). It feels great in the hand (I have big mitts), they have an actual handle, and they can be used for other drinks, from cocktails and mixed drinks to craft beer.
These Mason jars from Smith’s are airtight (screw-top lids are surprisingly useful), hefty, and easy to clean. That’s good enough for me. Although I’d probably go with drinking red wine only, it feels more rustic that way!
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