Originally Posted by SirSuturesALot
Agreed, death from Riedel is doubtful.
There are other quality alternatives to Riedel if one is averse to lead glass though. The benefit I appreciate most: not having to worry about my wine glasses self destruct in my hand.
I briefly looked at Schott Zweisel's line which uses a titanium crystal and are much stronger, but aesthetically, the Riedel Vistis were exponentially more pleasing to my eye. I'm very careful with my things and so breakage generally isn't a huge concern. I bought a special goblet brush to clean them with which should make it a lot easier to clean and further reduce chance of breakage. And if you go back and read what i said about their constructution, I don't think i'll have too many problems with these ones. In the future, I just won't let girlfriends do the dishes. If they want to help out I'll tell them to leave the wine glasses and dishes on the work table and to just do the pots & pans and counter/stove.
And as I said, guests other than the girlfriend can use the crystal tasting glasses which are a stronger composition and much cheaper.