Investing in the best glassware to complement your wine collection is a must.
When you start becoming more interested in the art of wine, you’ll soon realize that different wine responds best to different types of wine glass.
Why is this, though?
Well, the majority of the flavors in wine occur when ethanol vapors leave the wine glass. Differently shaped glasses impact both the position and the density of these vapors, and resultantly influence the taste of your wine.
Now, with literally thousands of different wine glasses in a hugely crowded market, how can you determine which makes the best fit?
Well, you should start your buying decision by thinking closely about what type of wine you most frequently drink. If you only drink red or you solely purchase white, you can consider a wine glass designed for that type of wine. For anyone who collects both red and white wine, a multipurpose glass is the smoothest fit.
Look for crystal that’s as clear as possible. Obviously, all glass is fragile, but look for glasses without a reputation for breaking easily.
You should also give some thought to care. How much stock do you place on your wine glasses being dishwasher-safe? Buy accordingly.
Today, then, we’ll be giving you capsule reviews of the leading wine glasses at your disposal. Whether you want a large glass ideal for sipping cabernet, or you prefer a white wine glass, there’s something for everyone.
Dive in and see if any of these great glasses takes your fancy.
The 11 Best Wine Glasses
1. Our #1 Pick: Zalto Denk’Art Hand-Blown Wine Glasses
Hand-blown crystal doesn’t come cheap, and only you know whether you consider spending this much on a pair of glasses you could easily break is worthwhile. For many satisfied customers, these Zalto glasses deliver fully.
The delicate European crystal is remarkably light yet the glasses are robust enough to slip in the dishwasher worry-free.
Measuring 9.3 inches, the glass is 3.6 inches across at the widest point. This allows you to get the very best flavor and aroma out of just about any type of wine. Not many glasses are as versatile as this.
Capacity is a generous 530ml so you can enjoy a supersized glass of red or white with your feet up after a hard day at the office.
The glasses come in a set of 2, so while they aren’t especially cheap, you’ll be glad you invested that money when you swill then sip your favorite tipple. If you need more glasses, you can also buy a pack of 6 at a proportional discount. For large families or anyone who entertains often, this is perfect.
2. Best Red Wine Glass: Riedel Ouverture Red Wine Glass Set
Are you partial to a glass of red? If you drink exclusively red wine, this set of glasses from the highly reputable Riedel is well worth popping on your shortlist.
At just under 12oz capacity, you might not get a jumbo bowl-sized contraption, but you’ll be able to enjoy a generous glass of red.
The fine crystal looks great but is dishwasher-friendly so you don’t need to worry about being too delicate with these glasses. You should clean them at a temperature of at least 175F for best results.
If you prefer other drinks, these glasses come in a wide array of configurations to suit.
They say a picture tells a thousand words, but in this case, the photos make these glasses appear larger than they really are. We’ll reiterate that this set doesn’t make the best choice if you’re shopping wine glasses with capacity as a priority.
Riedel has over 300 years in the game producing first-class glassware so place your trust in the experts and save yourself a headache.
3. Best White Wine Glass: Spiegelau White Wine Glass Gift Set
Anyone looking for white wine glasses on a budget that don’t stiff you on the performance front will be delighted with this set from Spiegelau.
The German-made glasses are designed to bring out the best in a variety of white wines. Despite this, you’ll also find they respond well to red wines.
The crystal is reasonable quality considering the price point, but you obviously can’t expect a fineness you need to dig much deeper for.
Dishwasher-friendly, you won’t need to be precious about these glasses. You can also wash them by hand without needing to be overly concerned about breakage. As with all glass, exercise reasonable caution and you should get years of use from this set.
A few disgruntled users have reported receiving broken packages so we’d suggest checking the contents closely upon arrival. A handful of users have also complained about unresponsive customer care.
In terms of the quality of the glasses, though, we can’t recommend these highly enough.
4. Best Stemless Wine Glass: Zeppoli Wine Glass Set
Are you keen on stemless wine glasses? If so, we get that. The design alone makes these squat glasses a conversation piece. It’s not a case of form over function, though. The design is ideal for swilling and aerating your wine in the glass before drinking it.
The glasses also fit snugly in your hand so you can kick back in your chair with a good book and the wine glass will feel like an extension of your hand.
If you regularly hold boisterous dinner parties, the design of these glasses makes them super-stable, so you’ll minimize the chance of spillage. The glass is shatter-resistant, too.
Made by Equinox, the company strapline is Live Smart, and these wine glasses allow you to do that. They’re versatile, durable, and they look a treat on the dinner table. What’s not to love? When you spot the budget price tag, you’ll wonder why you didn’t invest in this glassware sooner.
5. Riedel Vinum Cabernet Set
Lead crystal glasses might be a little more expensive, but if you have a more elastic budget and you’re looking to enhance your wine-drinking experience, we’d strongly recommend this set from Riedel.
As with all glassware from this brand, you’re buying into 3 centuries of brand heritage and all the expertise that comes along with that.
These clear crystal glasses come in a set of 4 so make a perfect gift for the whole family.
Dishwasher-friendly, you won’t be faced with any messy clean-up, and you won’t need to worry about your glasses getting stained with red wine.
The machine-blown lead crystal is durable enough to stay the distance but refined enough to do justice to your upscale wines.
If you don’t want the full set of 4 glasses, you can also opt for a pair.
6. Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate Wine Glasses
If you don’t have any particular allegiance to either red or white wine, you need some all-purpose glassware. The Libbey Signature line delivers exactly this at a price you can’t beat without veering into the territory of low-quality glassware not worth your time.
These 16oz stemmed glasses are suitable for bringing out the best in a variety of drinks. When you entertain often and have guests who like a range of different drinks, you’ll be glad you opted for these glasses.
The glass is free of all known contaminants, so you have no lead, no BPA, and no worries about your health as you relax with a glass of red.
The rim is designed to be fully chip-resistant, while the stemless design sits neatly in your hand while remaining stable on the table.
When you’re finished up, slip these glasses in the dishwasher to minimize any hassle or clean-up.
The packaging is such that you could easily give these glasses as a welcome gift to any wine lover in your life.
7. Gabriel-Glas Crystal Wine Glass Set
If you’re looking to spend a little more on some glasses but you don’t want to break the bank, Gabriel-Glas offers a robust set of 6 Austrian crystal glassware in a neat presentation set. What do you get for your money, then?
Well, these glasses come with a design that allows you to enhance just about any wine you pour into them.
You have several configurations to choose from:
- Single glass
- 2 glasses
- 6 glasses
- 6 glasses (engraved)
- 24 glasses
This gives you a great deal more scope to match the number of glasses you buy to your needs and budget.
The space-saving nature of these multipurpose glasses makes them a smooth fit in small apartments or cramped kitchens.
The capacity of each glass is 8oz so you might need to look elsewhere if you want a large bowl-sized glass of wine. For most reasonable purposes, though, this is superb glassware delivering outstanding overall value for money and great choice.
8. Riedel O Wine Tumbler
As we edge to the end of our best wine glass reviews, we have yet another entry from Riedel. While we have no bias toward this brand, when you’re looking at wine glasses, it’s impossible to ignore their dominance in this vertical.
The great news is, all this expertise doesn’t come at too great a cost, so there’s no excuse for saying you can’t afford great glassware. If you can afford a half-decent bottle of wine, you can stretch to these glasses.
If the set of 4 doesn’t suit, you can also pick up these glasses as a set of 6 or a set of 8.
Capacity of 0.3l gives you enough latitude for a reasonable refresher.
Although these glasses are made from fine crystal, they’re at least break-resistant, so you shouldn’t need to handle them with kid gloves. They’re also durable enough to slide in the dishwasher without any problems so you won’t need to worry about scouring off any stains.
9. Libbey Vina White Wine Glass Set
Fans of white wine should seriously consider buying wine glasses expressly designed to bring out the very best in this wine. Multipurpose glassware might work well if space is at a premium, but there’s no substitute for a glass intended for drinking white.
The sparkling clear glass makes this set a great option if you entertain. Your dinner guests will have no idea these glasses cost so little from the look or feel of them.
The 18.5oz glasses give you a generous capacity ideal for a substantial glass of chardonnay after dinner.
The deliberately narrow design allows the aromas and flavors of white wines to better develop. The stem raises the bowl and ensures a cooler temperature, all welcome touches in this price range. The crowning glory is a wide foot for increased stability.
There’s no lead and no BPA in this glassware so you can relax with a clear conscience.
Dishwasher-safe and rugged enough not to shatter or chip at the slightest impact, we really can’t believe that these glasses are priced so low.
10. Gabriel Glas Mouth-Blown Crystal Wine Glass Set
Our penultimate set of wine glasses is another entry from the inimitable Gabriel Glas.
These elegant glasses come with an eye-watering price tag, so anyone looking for a bargain should stick with the glasses directly above. If you have deep pockets and demanding tastes, are these glasses from GG really worth it?
Mouth-blown, the Austrian crystal is delicate but not excessively fragile. This is always a delicate balancing act with decent glassware. Indeed, it makes the difference between great glasses that last for years and seem to improve with age and a bunch of shattered shards in the trash can.
While the glasses are not designed with either red or white wine in mind, their versatility and space-saving nature makes them a smart choice if you have limited space in the kitchen.
The gift set of 6 makes a wonderful present if you have a fluid budget this holiday season and a loved one passionate about wine. If not, why not treat yourself?
The only real complaint we could unearth about these glasses is the seemingly lax quality control in place. More than a few consumers report receiving damaged goods, so we’d advise checking your package carefully upon receipt.
11. Govino Recyclable Wine Glass
As usual here at Bricco, we’ve saved the best for last. Whether you’re tired of conventional wine glasses or you’re looking for an unusual gift for the wine lover who has everything, these flexible and shatterproof glasses also work well if you hold lots of rowdy parties and seem to be endlessly replacing broken glasses.
So, these Govino wine glasses are not actually glass at all but rather a polymer that outperforms silicone, acrylic, plastic, or polycarbonate glassware. Not only do these containers work wonderfully for both red and white wine, you’ll also be able to serve up cocktails or spirits in these tumblers and enjoy all these drinks at their very best.
The glasses come in a family-friendly set of 4. Feel free to fill up your kids’ glasses with soda while you sit back with a crisp glass of white.
The BPA-free material is chosen for the way it enhances your wine and you can enjoy these benefits without any concerns about contaminants.
Although these glasses might pass for real glass at a distance, up close and when you’re holding them, it’s obvious you’re drinking from plastic. That said, we were unable to unearth any negative testimony from users about any kind of taint in the wine. So, as long as you don’t object to the utilitarian feel, you might love the plastic once you try it.
More or less unbreakable yet still managing to look refined, this glassware would make the ideal Christmas gift, but that supposes you can resist the temptation to open up the set and start enjoying these fine glasses yourself.
Well, if you started out today with no idea about how to find the best wine glasses, you should now have no shortage of options.
If you stick with any of the models we review today, you can buy with your eyes wide open. As always, we’ll draw your attention to any flaws with these products so you know exactly what you’re buying.
Choose a wine glass we don’t review today, and all you need to do is bear in mind the simple pointers we outlined at the beginning and you should have no problem finding the right glass the easy way.
Now, take a moment to bookmark BriccoWine before you head off. We’re lining up for a busy few months over the holiday season and we have an exciting content calendar planned so come back soon for more guidance on all aspects of wine. We’ll see you soon!