If you want to truly enjoy your bottle of wine, you should pay close attention to the kind of wine glasses that you use. There are many types of wines glasses of varying quality and in a range of styles, and selecting the right one is key to getting maximum enjoyment from your drink.
When you choose a wine glass, the first step is to pay attention to the material that it is made from as it should be clear and plain in order to appreciate your wine’s color. You should also choose a glass that is an adequate size, with a bowl that is big enough to hold a fair measure with room for swirling without spillage to release the wine’s aromas.
You should also choose a glass with a stem that is comfortable to hold and which guards against covering the bowl with fingerprints. The stem also serves the function of keeping body warmth from the hand away from the glass and so heating the wine.
The final consideration is the shape of the bowl, which should taper towards the top in order to concentrate the wine’s aromas towards the nose. When drinking white wine, red wine, sparkling wine or Champagne, the type of glass that you need will differ, and here we look at the various types of wine glasses available.
White Wine Glasses
Bormioli Rocco Restaurant White Wine Glass
This attractive, quality white wine glass is made by the Bormioli Rocco Group, a company with a long history in the glassworks industry. These stylish glasses are made from crystal for aesthetic excellence and are very stable, strong and yet practical to use. The Star Glass used in these glasses is lead-free for extra clarity and pureness while remaining lightweight and each glass has been treated with an XLT Treatment to reinforce the stem against the damage accidentally caused by twisting, daily use and washing, prolonging the life of the glass.
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass
The Schott Zwiesel brand is the ultimate in fine German glassmaking, with a tradition spanning 130 years, so as you might expect the Tritan Crystal glass is beautifully designed. Free from any lead and made using environmentally friendly technology, the sculpted bowl and finely edged rim of this glass enhances every wine to the fullest. The glass also has added titanium, increasing its strength as well as zirconium for improved clarity, making it safe to wash in a dishwasher. Each piece holds 9.4 oz and stands at 8” tall and 2.9” wide. As these glasses are thermal shock resistant as well as resistant to chipping, scratching and breakage, they will serve for many years as a quality addition to any table, with a bowl that is an excellent size and which focuses the essence of the wine onto the palate.
Libbey 14-Ounce Classic White Wine Glass
Part of the popular and stylish Libbey collection, this 14 oz wine glass for white wine is made from beautifully clear glass for better appreciation of the wine’s appearance. Safe to use in a dishwasher, each glass is strong and resistant to damage, ensuring that it will last for many years of regular use. Manufactured from top quality materials in the United States, this set of four matching glasses is perfect for use for either a party or for everyday use.
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass
Perfect for use with light white wines, each Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal glass holds 13.8 oz and stands at 9.1” tall and 3.3” wide. Made from quality Tritan crystal which contains no lead, this collection is highly fashionable, designed with crisp and sharp lines for a stylish geometric look with impressive balance and moderate stem height. Safe for use in dishwashers, these glasses will last for many years of use, being resistant to scratching, breakage and chipping. They will never discolor, etch or cloud, and they are also resistant to thermal shock, ensuring the safety of the user. The crystal is extremely brilliant and clear with an elegant, thin edge that is seamless for a flawless appearance.
Red Wine Glasses
Riedel Ouverture Magnum
Ideal for use every day, these extra-large glasses for red wine are from the world-renowned Riedel Crystal brand. Machine blown and manufactured from lead-free crystal, these stylish glasses are safe to put in your dishwasher, and their thin rims are polished at cut to the highest standards allowing the wine to flow easily to the palate. Standing at 7 7/8” high, the large bowl of these glasses releases the aroma for extra enjoyment, holding 18 5/8 oz. With its 3 inch stem, this practical glass will fit easily into lower spaces and is made from leaded crystal which makes it more durable while still being fine.
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass
These glasses, part of the Forte collection, are ideal for use with light, soft red wines and hold a capacity of 18.3 oz, standing at 8 inches tall. Made from Tritan crystal, these glasses are strong enough to withstand chips and scratches and are resistant to thermal shocks, being safe for use in a dishwasher. The bowl is large enough to hold a satisfying quantity of wine, while its softly tapered shape allows the essence of the wine to effectively reach the palate.
Libbey Vina Round Red Wine Goblets
These attractive wine goblets are made from crystal clear glass for better appreciation of the appearance of the contents. Holding a total of 18 1/4 oz of fine wine, these glasses boast a rounded bowl which tapers gently at the top to allow the wine to be swirled efficiently around to release the aromas. The base has been symmetrically designed to provide extra stability while the long stem prevents body heat from the hands warming the contents of the glass. Manufactured in the USA, these wine glasses are even safe to clean in the dishwasher.
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass
These glasses from one of the best crystal glassware producers are made from beautifully clear lead-free crystal for better appreciation of the wine’s appearance. The Tritan crystal used to make this glassware is completely safe for use in the dishwasher and will never cloud, etch or discolor while remaining resistant to breakages, chips and scratches. The bow, stem joint, foot edge and rim have all been tempered for increased strength and robustness, and the elegant, smooth edge has been created thanks to laser technology. These glasses are seamless for a flawless appearance, and their modern, crisp lines give a geometric look that is very stylish. Holding a total capacity of 23.4 oz, these glasses allow a generous measure of your favorite red wine.
Bormioli Rocco Restaurant Red Wine Glass
Manufactured from lead-free Star Glass, these practical yet attractive glasses from the well known, high-quality Bormioli Rocco Group are dishwasher safe and given the XLT Treatment for improved resistance to breakage, scratches and chips. Holding 18 oz of fine wine, these glasses have an appealing thin rim and are crystal clear for better appreciation of the wine’s appearance. These beautiful glasses are made to the high standards that you would expect from such an iconic Italian brand.
Crystal Wine Glasses
Godinger Dublin Crystal Glass Set
The gorgeous Dublin pattern from the Godinger brand makes any table look elegant and sophisticated. Versatile and made to the highest standards of European craftsmanship, these all-purposes glasses feature radiant starburst etchings on the lower part of the tapered bowls stretching down to the thick stem and up to meet the rim. Made by hand from weighty and strong 24% lead crystal, these tumblers hold 9 ounces and are practical enough to use every day while still being appropriate for any formal occasion.
RCR Crystal Melodia Collection Wine Glass Set
This set of 6 gorgeous wine glasses is made from lead-free crystal for improved clarity and appearance. The cut design is part of the Italian brand RCR Crystal’s Melodia Collection and adds a formal touch to any table. Suitable for cleaning in a dishwasher on a crystal setting, these glasses hold 6 ounces of your favorite wine and are made in Florence, Italy.
Cristal D’Arques Longchamp Goblet
These beautifully formal goblet style wine glasses are made from Diamax ultra-clear glass which rivals crystal in its brilliance and clarity. Measuring 7 1/4 inches in height, these glasses hold 8 1/4 ounces of your favorite red wine and feature an elegant cut design that catches the light and adds appeal. Stable and robust, these glasses present your wine in its finest light.
Marquis by Waterford Brookside 8-Ounce White Wine Glass Set
The Waterford brand is synonymous with quality crystal, and these glasses are a beautiful example of the company’s 200-year glassmaking heritage. Made from lead-free crystalline, these glasses are ideal for delicate white wines with their classic-shaped bowl that features 16 point faceted stars, and a bold wedge cut design. Holding 8 oz, these glasses are dishwasher safe with a broad base that offers improved stability and a chiseled stem to prevent body heat from warming the wine. Formal enough to grace any event, these glasses are robust enough to use every day and are versatile enough to serve a range of drinks in style.
Unique & Funny Wine Glasses
BigMouth Inc Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass
If you are looking for an unusual wine glass to give as a gift, the BigMouth Inc Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass is the perfect choice. Often copied, this is the original product of its type and makes a funny gift for any wine drinker in your acquaintance as it holds a complete 750 ml bottle of wine. Having been featured on TV, this cool wine glass is famous all over the world for its exciting and fun design.
DAQQ Hand Painted Designed Wine Glasses
If you’re looking for a stunning gift for a loved one’s special occasion or whether you’re keen to find beautiful glasses that will adorn your table at any event, these DAQQ red wine glasses are the perfect choice. Painted by hand, this set of two unique glasses won’t just enhance your wine’s taste, but it will also make your table setting even more elegant and sophisticated.
Taking their inspiration from Italy’s Duomo di Milano, this glass makes you feel as if you’re taking a European vacation, with a colourful aesthetic that will be the ideal addition to any wine glass collection. Not only are these glasses attractive to look at, but they’re also sensually pleasing to handle and hold, making fine wine even more delicious and enjoyable.
Made from lead-free and eco-friendly strong earth, these glasses are designed to be dishwasher safe for the ultimate in convenience, and they come protected by a lifetime warranty for your complete peace of mind.
Stainless Steel Unbreakable Wine Glasses
Made from unbreakable stainless steel, these are nice wine glasses for pool parties, boats and for outdoor picnics. Made to premium standards, this set of two glasses features a durable construction and a stylish brushed exterior. They can be washed in a dishwasher and represent an unusual and unique way to present wine, with an added bonus that the metal allows the wine to stay cooler for longer.
I’m Not Slurring My Words. I’m Speaking in Cursive. – 16-Ounce Etched Wine Glass
This funny wine glass is a great gift for any wine lover. Featuring an etched text stating “I’m not slurring my words. I’m speaking in cursive” which will never wear away, this quality, large wine glass holds 16 ounces and is dishwasher safe. Ideal for daily use, this glass is a great choice for anyone with a great sense of humor.
LOL-OMG-WTF Funny Wine Glass
A wine glass to suit every mood, the LOL-OMG-WTF wine glass features three different marked levels to reflect the drinker’s mood. The Libbey Vina wine glass holds 16 ounces of wine and features etched writing which will never fade or wear away. It can even be washed in the dishwasher, making it a great choice for everyday drinking.
Funny Emoji Wine Glass
A funny wine glass that makes a quirky gift for any wine lover, the funny emoji wine glass has a great design featuring emoji face characters reflecting the type of day that the drinker is experiencing on a high-quality lead-free crystal glass that holds a total of 19 ounces. This gorgeous glass even comes in its own gift box ready to be presented to the recipient and is protected by a one-year money-back guarantee.
To Do List Wine Glass
If you’re seeking a memorable gift for a loved one for any occasion, this funny “To Do List” wine glass is the ultimate present. Affordable without compromising on humour or style, this lovely glass is great for an anniversary, birthday, bridal shower or housewarming as a memento of the day.
Printed with organic, premium-quality ink, this wine glass is dishwasher safe and will last for years, with its vivid white print neither fading or chipping; however, it is washed. This funny glassware has been proudly printed, made and packed in the USA, with a generous bowl size of 12.75oz, a sturdy base, thick stem and chip-resistant edge. Each glass even comes carefully packaged in an attractive gift box to guarantee its safe delivery.
King and Queen Wine Glass Set
A perfect gift for any couple, this set offers a King wine glass for the husband and a Queen glass for the wife. Made in the USA of quality materials, this unique glass has been printed with intricate graphics in a white print that is simple to read and will never wear away, even when cleaned in the dishwasher. It also comes presented in a heavy-duty, sturdy box for gifting.
I Make Pour Decisions Glass
This premium quality USA made glass which holds 16 oz of your favorite wine features an etched message stating “I Make Pour Decisions”. An ideal present for any wine enthusiast, this dishwasher safe glassware allows the liquid to breathe and develop its aromas effectively, making it perfect for everyday use.
HOST Wine Freeze Cooling Cup
Ideal for serving all types of wine, this set of beautiful and elegant stemless wine glasses allow the perfect serving temperature to be achieved for every wine. Thanks to its tumbler design, this glass can maintain the temperature of the wine before effectively than a standard stemmed wine glass.
As an added bonus, these glasses have insulated walls that have been filled with a proprietary cooling gel. This allows them to work as a wine chiller if they are frozen. Simply put a tumber in the freezer to serve white wine at a wonderfully cool temperature, or chill them in the refrigerator before serving red wine at the ideal cellar temperature.
Thanks to their sturdy BPA-free plastic construction, these cups are also ideal for use outdoors at BBQs and parties, while their insulated silicone band ensures comfortable handling. Whether you’re looking for an innovative gift for a wine-loving recipient or whether you just want to make a stylish and practical addition to your wine glass collection, these tumblers should be your number one choice.
I Make Wine Disappear Wine Glass
An amusing wine glass makes the ideal gift for any occasion, so whether you’re choosing a present for a loved one’s birthday, anniversary, or Secret Santa, this individually gift-boxed glass is the ideal present thanks to its funny inscription “I Make Wine Disappear – What’s Your Superpower?”
This premium quality glass is crystal clear, USA-made stemware with a unique design. Holding 13oz of wine, it is also dishwasher safe for the ultimate in convenience and long-lasting elegance. It is also fully backed up by a manufacturer’s satisfaction money-back guarantee, so you can enjoy complete peace of mind in your purchase when you buy this unique novelty drinkware.
Get Tipsy Wine Glass
When you’re looking for the ideal gift for a wine lover, this individually gift boxed novelty wine glass could be just what you’ve been seeking. Presented in an attractive white gift box, filled with colourful bubble wrap, this beautiful and amusing glassware is made from crystal clear premium-quality glass in the USA and boasts a 13oz capacity as well as a dishwasher-safe, unique design.
Marked with three levels for “Relax”, “De-Stress” and “Get Tipsy”, this humorous gift is perfect whether you prefer drinking white or red wine, and makes an ideal choice for a birthday, housewarming, anniversary or secret Santa present. It is also backed up by a manufacturer’s 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee so you can be completely confident in your purchase when you buy this novelty glassware.
Good Day – Bad Day – Don’t Even Ask Wine Glass
This high-quality stemmed glassware holds 12.5 ounces of wine and measures 7.5” in height, ensuring it fits perfectly into a dishwasher. The humorous hand-etched message allows the user to pour their wine with a smile while the lead-free glass is made in the USA. Each glass is presented in a gift box ready to gift and is the perfect size to hold a generous measure of your favorite wine.
Personalized & Engraved Wine Glasses
Infinity Personalized Wine Glass
Customized wine glasses always make a wonderful gift for a friend or family member celebrating a special occasion. Whether for a bridal shower or a baby shower, this attractive wine goblet will form a lasting memento of a special day. Standing 9 inches in height and holding up to 18 oz of wine, this beautiful, high quality, sparkling glass is a traditional gift that can be tailored to match the recipient’s personality with a message of your choice.
12.75 Ounce Engraved Wine Glass
Monogrammed wine glasses are a wonderful gift for a couple on the occasion of their engagement, anniversary or wedding, and these high-quality glasses that hold 12.75 oz of your favorite wine have been expertly and flawlessly engraved for a more personalized gift. Made with exquisite craftsmanship, each glass is protected by a 100% money-back guarantee for the purchaser’s peace of mind.
Alankathy Mugs Zodiac Signs Wine Glass
Finding the perfect personalised gift for a loved one isn’t always easy, but this special zodiac sign glass is ideal for a friend or family member’s birthday, Christmas or wedding present. Decorated with permanent etching, this glass has been created using sandblasting technology. This means that the design will never wash off or fade over time.
This big, tall wine glass holds 20 oz of your favourite red or white wine and comes ready packaged in an attractive white gift box, making it the ultimate convenient choice. It is also strong, durable and dishwasher safe, so you can enjoy complete peace of mind when you give this as a present to the recipient.
Infinity Personalized Wine Glass Set
Customize a gift for your loved ones with this elegant set of wine glasses that form a long-lasting reminder of a key occasion. Featuring large, easy to red engraving on the bell of the glass, the shape of each bowl is ideally designed to keep your wine cold by limited the amount of surface area that is exposed to the air. Choose a different message for each glass that you order for a wonderfully personal gift.
Personalized Engraved Wine Glass with Any Text
Finding a beautiful, personalized gift for a loved one for a special occasion isn’t always easy, but when you choose this stemmed wine glass, you will be able to choose your own custom text. This ensures that you can convey the perfect message to your friend or family member on their special day.
With a choice of a one, two or three-line layout, you can create the ideal bespoke message which will be created using a specialist engraving process that will permanently mark the glass. No maintenance will be required, and since the glass is dishwasher safe, you can enjoy complete peace of mind in its durability and strength.
Holding up to 11oz of your favorite wine, this multipurpose glassware is ideal for rose, red or white beverages of your choice, while its super-speedy processing time of just 2 – 3 working days ensures that your gift will be received in time for the big day!
Best Wine Glass Brands
Crate & Barrel
A company that dates its origins back to 1962, Crate & Barrel began life as a family business in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by Gordon and Carole Segal who had recognized the need for affordable and practical yet attractive glassware in their city. Their enterprise was such a success that two years later, they went to Europe to find unique yet low-cost glassware that they could sell in their store and forged relationships with craftsmen and designers from whom they still import their wares. Today, Crate & Barrel have more than 170 stores with a presence as far afield as Peru and Dubai. Now owned by a German company, the Otto Group, Crate & Barrel still focus on upmarket and beautiful glassware and home products with timeless designs and high quality.
An Austrian glassmaker with a history dating back to the 1700s, Riedel is a very recognizable and long-established glass company. Their wine glasses are famous for their quality and are acknowledged as the best all-round glass for enjoying all types of wine, with a range that encompasses glasses of all shapes and sizes. The company was established in 1756 and has grown to achieve world-renowned status, with its glassware appearing in many films and television programs.
A German glassmaker that has been in the industry for more than 140 years, Schott Zweisel is known as the first company to ever produce machine made blown stemware as well as the first-ever lead-free crystal, glass. Schott Zwiesel’s quality glassware has been infused with titanium and zirconium, making it stronger and more durable while improving its elegance and clarity. It is therefore sturdy and resilient, resisting scratches, chips and breakages while being safe to put in the dishwasher.
How to Choose the Right Wine Glass?
There are many different types of wine glass, so how do you go about choosing the perfect one to complement your favorite tipple? Here is a guide to choosing a wine glass:
Select two different sizes of wine glass. A smaller one is best suited to whites, while a larger one is better for red wines. In general, if you are drinking a full bodied wine, you should opt for a larger glass, and if your choice of wine is light and fruity, a smaller glass will complement it to its best advantage. White wine requires a smaller glass as it needs to remain cool while drinking, and the smaller size reduces the surface area, which can be warmed. When it comes to drinking red wine, choosing a generously sized bowl ensures that there will be enough space in the glass to effectively aerate the wine to fully appreciate its nose. A glass is believed to be ideally sized if it can accommodate a quarter of the bottle in a third to a half of its capacity. If you are serving wine with a meal, choose a larger glass which allows for a generous pour.
A balloon-shaped glass with a tapering shape promotes better flavor by allowing the wine to fully develop its bouquet. If you are drinking still wine, a colorless, fine and plain glass is the best choice as it allows the drinker to appreciate the wine’s appearance. If you are drinking Champagne or sparkling wine you should opt for a tulip or flute shaped glass to keep the bubbles intact for a longer period to better enjoy the aroma and flavor. A Champagne coupe or saucer is actually a poor choice since the bouquet and bubbles disappear very quickly. A wide bowl will increase the surface area and encourage better alcohol evaporation for improved aroma while a narrow and tall bowl will limit the surface area to preserve the chill of the wine and its delicate bouquet.
The type of wine that you are serving will affect your choice of glassware.
White wine – Usually served in a glass with a smaller bowl to preserve the floral bouquet and to maintain a cooler temperature. Some white wines, however, such as Viognier, oak-aged Chardonnary, orange wines or vintage sparkling wines, should be served in a glass with a larger bowl to emphasize their creamy texture.
Red wine – Usually served in a glass with a large bowl to deliver better aroma compounds. The large surface area permits the ethanol to evaporate, and the wine will taste smoother, mitigating the bitter taste of tannin.
A cut over rolled edge gives a more attractive, finished look while feeling more pleasant to your lips. If the rim has a tapered shape, the wine’s aroma can be concentrated towards the nose, and there will also be fewer spillages while swirling. If a glass has a flared rim, the wine’s essence will be directed towards to palate to highlight fruity, rich flavors while ensuring that any acidity is tempered.
If a wine glass has a stem, the wine is protected from body warmth from the hand, which could affect the wine’s temperature and taste. Stemmed glasses are easy to store upside down too, preventing dust and stale air from being trapped inside the bowl. A stemless glass is ideal for casual entertainment as it is less formal and can be more versatile.
If you are holding a wine tasting event, a small and inexpensive glass is the best choice as you will probably need a lot of them and you may experience some breakage. Smaller glasses are also best for tasting purposes, especially if you are sampling numerous varieties since they are easier to clean and will guard against participants becoming tipsy. You should always choose the highest quality glassware that you can afford and make sure that you handle the glasses first to see how they feel in your hand – whether they are sturdy and comfortable to hold.
When serving a fine wine, a glass that is colorless, without etchings or painted details allows the drinker to appreciate the appearance of the wine.
Many quality wine glasses can now be cleaned in the dishwasher for your convenience, and this is the ideal choice for those who want to save themselves effort and time. You should ensure that you use a short cycle and no-rinse aid for the best results. Crystal glasses are hand wash only and are more delicate, requiring extra care.
What is the Difference Between Red and White Wine Glasses?
Both red and white wines should be served in the most appropriate glass in order to fully appreciate the wine’s unique qualities.
A red wine glass will be rounder with a wide bowl and a short stem allowing air to mix effectively with the wine to oxidate it, enhancing the flavor and aroma. These glasses can be held by the bowl since red wine should be served at room temperature, and the width of the bowl allows the drinker to swirl the wine in order to make it react with the oxygen to improve its taste. The wide brim also allows the drinker to effectively sniff in the scents of the liquid. There are two distinct types of a red wine glass – the Burgundy glass which is broad and short and the Bordeaux glass which is taller and narrower.
A white wine glass has a narrower bowl, long stem and a smaller opening, reducing oxidation due to the smaller surface area. The narrow brim allows the drinker to sniff the delicate aroma while the long stem prevents heat from the hand from warming the wine, which is best served chilled.
While you can drink and enjoy red wine out of a white wine glass and vice versa, to obtain maximum enjoyment from your drink, you should make sure to choose a glass type that complements your preferred beverage.