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Stemware Buying Guide

Both beautiful and practical, stemware enhances the experience of drinking wine and other beverages by heightening the liquid's aroma and taste. By design, a glass with a stem allows you to hold it without your hand warming the wine and reduces unsightly fingerprints on the bowl.

Types of Stemware

Types of Stemware

Have you ever wondered why there are different types of wineglasses? Aficionados know that the right glass presents each wine at its best. From the size and shape of the bowl to the contour of its lip, the design specifics are worth learning about if you want to make wine, champagne, and other drinks a larger part of how you entertain. Beyond white or red wine, for example, stemware options depend on what varietal you drink. When selecting stemware, consider each wine's color, maturity, sweetness, and acidity.

Red Wine Glasses

Glasses for red wine vary primarily according to the age of the wine. All have a wide bowl to capture the wine's aromas -- its bouquet. Lighter, softer wines such as Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Burgundy benefit from a bowl that turns inward at the top to trap the fragrance. For Merlot, Bordeaux, and other robust varieties, look for a larger bowl and less-tapered rim to swirl the wine and direct its aroma to your nose. A wide bowl allows more exposure to air so the tannins in full-bodied and mature Cabernet Sauvignon can dissipate and soften. Body heat has little effect on red wine's flavors, so these glasses have shorter stems.

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Drink glasses sold in sets of 6. Crafted from shatter-resistant acrylic. Resists clouding, scratching, and splitting for years. To...p-shelf dishwasher safe. With our durable-yet-elegant Portofino Acrylic Drinkware, you can enjoy the look of beautifully cut crystal without the fragility. It's an excellent choice for poolside dining and snacking, as well as more formal outdoor events. . . . . read more

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Wine Glasses - This glass excels in the flawlessly blending together the wines aroma's and flavours bringing to light brilliant co...ncentration whilst harmonising the intense sweet dark red fruit integrating the tannins and masking the alcohol. All Riedel glasses are dishwasher safe. Recommended for: Bordeaux (red) Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Fronsac Graves rouge Listrac Margaux M'doc Merlot Moulis Pauillac Pessac Leognan (Rouge) Pomerol St. Emilion St. Est'phe St. Julien Georg Riedel: 'For me this is the new benchmark glass when it comes to the enjoyment of young wines composed of the Bordeaux varietals' Dimensions: 10-1/2' H Capacity: 37- 3/8oz Set of 4 Riedel Reference number: 6416/00 . Great gift for wine lovers. read more

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Wine Glasses - Riedel Vinum XL glasses make a big bold statement on the table allowing ample breathing space for young and more ma...ture wines to unveil their multi-layered bouquets delivering the full range of aromas. SYRAH SHIRAZ Recommended for: Amarone Barbera Blaufr'nkisch Cahors Cannonau Carignan Carmen're Ch'teauneuf-du-Pape Cornas C'te R'tie C'tes du Rh'ne Rouge C'tes du Roussillon C'tes du Ventoux Crozes Hermitage Grenache/Garnacha Hermitage (red) Madiran Malbec Montsant Mourv'dre Norton Petite Sirah Pinotage Priorato Shiraz St. Joseph (red) Syrah Tannat Touriga Nacional Zweigelt Riedel Reference Number: 6416/41 Dimensions: 9- 3/8' H Capacity: 20.75 oz Set of 4 . Great gift for wine lovers. read more

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Wine Glasses - Toast with confidence! Sleeker shapes wider bowls taller stems'the latest trend in wine stemware'take Fusion elegan...ce and strength to the next level. Brilliant European crystal is fused with super-strong magnesium to form the world's most break-resistant glasses as lightweight and graceful as they are durable. Science meets sophistication and the result is shatterproof. Shaped to enhance the best qualities of your wine. Machine made lead-free crystal; never clouds or dulls. Dishwasher safe. Set Includes: 4 Fusion Infinity Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux/Shiraz: 10-1/2'H 22 oz. 4 Fusion Infinity Chardonnay/Chablis: 9-3/4'H 15 oz. Fusion 10-Year Limited Warranty In the unlikely event your Wine Enthusiast Fusion Glass breaks we'll replace it FREE even up to 10 years after purchase! Click here for details.. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

White Wine Glasses

Most white wine is served chilled, so a smaller, narrower glass helps it stay cooler longer. All-purpose white wine glasses have a straight or slightly flared opening. For young and crisp whites, this directs the wine to sweet-sensitive taste buds at the tip of the tongue. For "rounder" mature white wines, a larger bowl and straight lip help develop complex aromas and send them and the wine to the sides and back of your tongue.

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Wine Glasses - Introducing a new generation of mouth-blown lead-free and dishwasher-safe wine glasses the ZALTO DENK`ART Collectio...n luxury stemware you could sense from your fingertips to the moment you take your first sip. (One (1) glass per order) From the first touch each Zalto glass distinguishes itself from all other glasses. From the perfectly executed balance to the extraordinary design the achievement of the Denk`Art line are glasses that seem nearly too delicate to hold and yet they are made for just that. This is glassware that stands at the rarefied point where form meets function. This is art. The development of the Denk`Art series was influenced by the earth in accordance to the tilt angles of the Earth. Thus the curve of the bowls are tilted at the angles of 24 degrees 48 degrees and 72 degrees. The Zalto Denk'Art White Wine Glass is recommended for wines full range of white wines. For elegant classical fruit forward white wines but also meduim bodied red wines without overt barrique development. Especially for: Riesling Sauvignon Blanc Muskateller Frizzante Sangiovese St. Laurent and Blaufr'nkisch. Lead-Free. Dishwasher-Safe. Dimensions: 9' height 13 1/2 oz. . Great gift for wine lovers. read more

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Wine Glasses - Toast with confidence! Sleeker shapes wider bowls taller stems'the latest trend in wine stemware'take Fusion elegan...ce and strength to the next level. Brilliant European crystal is fused with super-strong magnesium to form the world's most break-resistant glasses as lightweight and graceful as they are durable. Science meets sophistication and the result is shatterproof. Shaped to enhance the best qualities of your wine. Machine made lead-free crystal; never clouds or dulls. Dishwasher safe. Set Includes: 4 Fusion Infinity Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux/Shiraz: 10-1/2'H 22 oz. 4 Fusion Infinity Chardonnay/Chablis: 9-3/4'H 15 oz. Fusion 10-Year Limited Warranty In the unlikely event your Wine Enthusiast Fusion Glass breaks we'll replace it FREE even up to 10 years after purchase! Click here for details.. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

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Christmas Ornaments - Befitting the most fabulous fetes these handpainted ceramic ornaments are one of a kind artisanal treasures ...suspended from golden strings to adorn wine bottles napkins give as gifts hang from trees. Personalize the Wine Bottle with up to 12 characters for each of the 2 lines and 4 digits for the year. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery. Dimensions: 5'H x 2'W x 1/4'D.. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Sparkling Wine Glasses

Like elongated white wine glasses, sparkling wine glasses (also known as champagne flutes) have a long stem that keeps the heat from your hand from warming the champagne. A slightly shorter demi-flute shows off the bubbles and delicate aromas of young sparkling wines. A slender, standard-height flute encourages mature champagne bubbles to rise magically to a tapered mouth.

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CrystalPlus

Orrefors Difference CollectionDesigned by Erika Lagerbielke Difference, a unique suite of wine glasses explicitly designed to enha...nce flavor and bouquet, brings a new dimension to the enjoyment of fine wine. Form and function have been carefully tested: Difference is the creation of Erika Lagerbielke, one of Sweden s foremost stemware designers, who worked in close cooperation with wine connoisseur Bengt-G ran Kronstam to create the perfect glass to enhance the smell and taste of a fruity white wine. nbsp; Orrefors Crystal Drinkware is an ideal gift for corporate promotions, gift giving occasions, or any celebratory event. All glasses are handmade using high quality, non-leaded Molten Crystal. nbsp; nbsp; Free Personalization Service with High Quality Sandblast Etching nbsp; Dishwasher Safe; Made in Sweden read more

Marquis by Waterford

Brisk and modern, the Sparkle pattern by Waterford is characterized by brilliant crystal cuts reminscent of delicate starlight. Id...eal for serving both red and white grape varieties, these versatile Wine glasses feature the comforting weight and clarity of Waterford fine crystal. read more

Schott Zwiesel

Schott Zwiesel's Top Ten Collection is an extreme style of Wine Glassware specifically designed by seven of Europe's greatest Somm...eliers to optimize the bouquet and flavor of each varietal wine. The Sparkling Wine Glasses have a wide bowl that is designed with a narrow opening allowing you to accelerate the swirl and concentrate the nose, thereby enhancing the flavors as well as aroma of the wine. Crafted from lead-free titanium crystal glass, Top Ten Wine Glasses are strong and dishwasher-safe, remaining clear and lustrous for years to come. Measures 9-9/10 tall and 3 in diameter with a 11.5 oz. capacity. Set of 6. read more

Peugeot

For more than a century, the Peugeot name has been synonymous with French gourmet cooking. Recently, an opportunity arose for Peug...eot to bring its penchant for quality and innovation to a family of wine products. With the Les Impitoyables collection, tasting becomes perfection. The literal translation of Les Impitoyables is, "The Pitiless" because theses glasses reveal everything about a wine ??? the good and the bad. As tools created for professionals, Les Impitoyables glasses intensify the characteristics of wine by enhancing their qualities or bringing out the slightest flaw. There are 5 glasses that make up the Les Impitoyables line, (represented by numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, plus Le Taster), each with a specific purpose. Every glass in the collection is a unique, handmade piece, (lead free), and is authenticated by a signature on the foot. The Number Four glass is intended for use with Champagne and Sparkling Wines. A pointed cone at the base of the bowl causes bubbles to form a column, which encourages aeration. The inside walls have a diamond pattern coating which catches the mousse (and gives a good indication of a wines maturity). Tube contains one Number 4 Glass. read more

Dessert Wine Glasses

Because dessert wines and fortified wines such as sherry and port are sweeter and have higher alcohol content than other wines, they are best sipped from a slightly smaller glass that tapers in to enhance the intense aromas.

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Wine Glasses - The world's most break-resistant wine glasses! Super-strong lightweight magnesium is fused with European crystal to... form the most durable Port glasses in the world. Fusion Port Glasses are also scientifically shaped to enhance the taste and bouquet of your favorite libation. Lead-free and dishwasher-safe. Machine-made in Europe. Dimensions: 6-1/4'H Capacity: 7 oz. Fusion 10-Year Limited Warranty In the unlikely event your Wine Enthusiast Fusion Glass breaks we'll replace it FREE even up to 10 years after purchase! Click here for details.. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Riedel Crystal Of America
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Dessert Wine Glasses - Affordable elegance taken up a notch! The Riedel Vinum Extreme Wine Glass series pushes the boundaries of g...lassware. Riedel combines a dazzling oversized bowl with a unique angular look and an extra-tall stem to create a wine glass that is as beautiful to look at as it is to drink from. Vinum Extreme is machine made of fine lead crystal and is designed in the incomparable Riedel style to emphasize and enhance the flavors of every wine you drink. Recommend to hand wash. The Vinum Port glass shows off the rich fruit and sweetness that characterize port. The bowl's small slender shape and narrow rim deliver the optimal balance of rich fruit bouquet and complex aromas while understating the high alcohol content. This allows you to appreciate the harmonious blend of flavors and enjoy the delightful finish. Size: 8-7/8'H 10 oz. Riedel Model # 444/55 . Great gift for wine lovers. read more

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The worlds most break-resistant wine glasses! Super-strong, lightweight magnesium is fused with European crystal to form the most ...durable Port glasses in the world. Fusion Port Glasses are also scientifically shaped to enhance the taste and bouquet of your favorite libation. Lead-free and dishwasher-safe. Machine-made in Europe. 7 oz. Individual Dimensions: 3" Dia. x 6.25" H Weight: 0.75 lbs. read more

Brandy Snifters

When savoring cognac or brandy, you actually want the heat from your hand to warm the liquid. Snifters sport a very short stem and a wide bowl that welcomes air to soften the brandy's harsh notes and enhance its caramel flavors.

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There's a chance this could be Brandy Coffee Mug 11 oz Coffee Mug. There's a chance this could be Brandy Coffee Mug 11oz coffee mu...g. This makes a excellent gift for yourself or a fellow humorist Brandy drinker. This coffee mug makes a great gift for anyone and is dishwasher safe and microwave safe. The Mug Market coffee mugs are one of a kind and make a great conversation piece. Mug Details 11 oz coffee tea mug 3.75 Tall x 3.25 Wide White Ceramic Coffee Mug. Dishwasher Safe. Microwave Safe. There's a chance this could be Brandy Coffee Mug. read more

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Used to serve aged brown spirits such as brandy and whiskey, these brandy snifter glasses are a classy addition to any barware col...lection. Sold as a set of 8, each glass stands 5 inches high and holds up to 12 ounces of your drink of choice. read more

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Schott Zwiesel Mondial Brandy Snifter Glass Stemware - Set of 6 - Schott Zwiesel's Mondial Wine Collection stands for elegantly cu...rved goblets which gradually extend into the stem. The characteristic silhouette of its three red wine glass two white wine glasses four digestifs and two sparkling wine/champagne glasses are distinctive and sit perfectly on any table. Measures 5-8/10" tall and 4" in diameter with a 17.3 oz. capacity. Set of 6. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

The type of stemware you decide to buy should involve more than the variety of styles and shapes. Think about how you plan to use the stemware -- for everyday family dining or for entertaining wine connoisseurs (or perhaps some of both). That analysis will suggest how much you should spend.

Appearance

If your stemware will be used for entertaining, buy clear glass. Even before smelling or tasting fine wine, appreciating it begins with the distinctive color, so you don't want to disguise or distort it.

Glass Type

Do you want delicate blown glass or heavier lead crystal? Experts believe microscopically rougher crystal helps wine to breathe more than regular glass when wine is swirled in the bowl. Lead-free crystal is available, but most fine crystal stemware contains some lead. Hand-wash crystal stemware to avoid pitting from harsh dishwasher detergents. Return brandy or other liquor to its own bottle instead of storing it in a lead-crystal decanter.

Cost

Evaluate your lifestyle when deciding how much and what type of stemware to buy. If you appreciate a glass of wine with dinner but don't consider yourself an expert, a basic selection of stemware for red, white, and sparkling wines may be all you need. However, if you're a budding collector of fine wines, a more extensive set of stemware types and sizes is an investment you'll enjoy for years. Upgrading to crystal stemware also adds to the cost.

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Luxurious gift for shower, wedding, anniversary, housewarming, hostess or holiday ideal for wine enthusiastsSet of 2 Champagne flu...tesDesigned specifically to emphasize the characteristics of a ChampagneBrilliant lead-free crystal (crystalline) Handcrafted by Rogaska's expert European glassblowersFinely cut for perfect transparencyPull read more

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Wine Glasses - Toast with confidence! Sleeker shapes wider bowls taller stems'the latest trend in wine stemware'take Fusion elegan...ce and strength to the next level. Brilliant European crystal is fused with super-strong magnesium to form the world's most break-resistant glasses as lightweight and graceful as they are durable. Science meets sophistication and the result is shatterproof. Shaped to enhance the best qualities of your wine. Machine made lead-free crystal; never clouds or dulls. Dishwasher safe. Set Includes: 4 Fusion Infinity Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux/Shiraz: 10-1/2'H 22 oz. 4 Fusion Infinity Chardonnay/Chablis: 9-3/4'H 15 oz. Fusion 10-Year Limited Warranty In the unlikely event your Wine Enthusiast Fusion Glass breaks we'll replace it FREE even up to 10 years after purchase! Click here for details.. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Fusion Infinity Red & White Wine Glass Collection (Set of 8)
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Wine Glasses - Toast with confidence! Sleeker shapes wider bowls taller stems'the latest trend in wine stemware'take Fusion elegan...ce and strength to the next level. Brilliant European crystal is fused with super-strong magnesium to form the world's most break-resistant glasses as lightweight and graceful as they are durable. Science meets sophistication and the result is shatterproof. Shaped to enhance the best qualities of your wine. Machine made lead-free crystal; never clouds or dulls. Dishwasher safe. Set Includes: 4 Fusion Infinity Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux/Shiraz: 10-1/2'H 22 oz. 4 Fusion Infinity Pinot Noir: 9-1/2'H 24-1/2 oz. 4 Fusion Infinity Chardonnay/Chablis: 9-3/4'H 15 oz. 4 Fusion Infinity Champagne: 10-1/4'H 6-1/2 oz. Fusion 10-Year Limited Warranty In the unlikely event your Wine Enthusiast Fusion Glass breaks we'll replace it FREE even up to 10 years after purchase! Click here for details.. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

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French Bull
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Transform meals into special occasions with the bold & stylish design of French Bull. This red wine glass set includes two 22 ounc...e glasses. Each glass features a colorfully decorated base. Coordinates with other French Bull products., For the Home,Dining,Drinkware,Glassware Sets read more

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French Bull
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Transform meals into special occasions with the bold & stylish design of French Bull. This white wine glass set includes two 17 ou...nce glasses. Each glass features a colorfully decorated base. Coordinates with other French Bull products., For the Home,Dining,Drinkware,Glassware Sets read more

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Zrike Brands
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Zrike 110800 Features: -Set includes 4 goblet. -Renaissance Pressed Glass collection. -Hand crafted pressed glass. -Ideal for ever...yday use. -Dishwasher and microwave safe. -Capacity: 10 ounce. Dimensions: -6.88 H x 4 W, 0.85 lb. Color: Blue read more

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Celebration Crystal
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Sip in style with these Celebration Crystal Hi Line champagne flutes. Product Features: Crystal glassware offers unmatched eleganc...e. What's Included: Four 5-oz. champagne flutes Product Construction & Care: Glass Dishwasher safe Product Details: Model no. 300103 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

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Marquis by Waterford
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Sip your white wine in style with these Marquis by Waterford Brookside glasses. With classic Waterford cuts and substantial weight..., guests are sure to be wowed by their beauty. Enjoy a sweet glass of Moscato, Chardonnay and more in these Marquis by Waterford wine glasses. Crystalline construction provides astonishing clarity. Details: Set includes four 8-oz. white wine glasses Hand wash Model no. 151613 read more

Marquis by Waterford Brookside 4-pc. White Wine Glass Set 4 PC
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