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Wine Glasses

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by SkinnyGoomba, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. HORNS

    HORNS Senior member

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    This is rather my way of doing things. #1 rule of wine glasses is, they get broken. The more you use them, the more likely you are to break them. Taking them outside, the more likely they are to get broken. So you have different glasses for different occasions.

    Yeah, wine glasses breaking is an occupational hazard that is bound to happen - not just with the frequency of their use, but also with the amount of wine you drink with them at one usage.

    Goomba, just make sure that the lip does not have a "bead" on it, like this one:
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    Otherwise, you are prudent in getting some Spiegelau glasses.
     


  2. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    Spiegelau has the lazer-cut edge, not the bead.
     


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    HORNS Senior member

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    Spiegelau has the lazer-cut edge, not the bead.
    I think your hard-pressed to get bad glassware from either Spiegelau, Riedel, Schott Zwiesel, or other higher-end manufacturers - even if you buy their cheapest glasses. I believe some of these brands are made in the same factory, even though their prices differ dramatically.
     


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    gomestar Super Yelper

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    I think your hard-pressed to get bad glassware from either Spiegelau, Riedel, Schott Zwiesel, or other higher-end manufacturers - even if you buy their cheapest glasses. I believe some of these brands are made in the same factory, even though their prices differ dramatically.

    one of the biggest things affecting the price is hand-blown vs. machine. The $125/glass Riedels are all hand-blown with super thin walls. Truly a sensational product for those so inclined. The $20 Riedels will have slightly thicker walls and will be machine made. I'd much rather have the cheaper ones regardless of how much money I have to spend. In any case, neither glass will make a poor Cali Cab any better.
     


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    As gomestar mentioned, Riedel makes a range of glassware. I have been happy with the Vinum line.
     


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    HORNS, your avatar is crappy.
     


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    You can get great glasses for less than $20/glass. If money is no object than Riedel can be had for around $25/glass, but personally I would go with Spiegelau for reasons mentioned in this thread.
     


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    HORNS, your avatar is crappy.

    Sheesh . . . relax! It was the only one I had available and I wasn't planning on having it up for long. It is juvenile, of course, but that's how I was feeling at the time.
     


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    This is rather my way of doing things. #1 rule of wine glasses is, they get broken. The more you use them, the more likely you are to break them. Taking them outside, the more likely they are to get broken. So you have different glasses for different occasions.

    Sage advice. Don't buy anything you couldn't bear to break. We have nice glassware for daily use and dinner parties and a few dozen cheap glasses from Ikea for other occasions.
     


  11. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    one of the biggest things affecting the price is hand-blown vs. machine. The $125/glass Riedels are all hand-blown with super thin walls. Truly a sensational product for those so inclined. The $20 Riedels will have slightly thicker walls and will be machine made. I'd much rather have the cheaper ones regardless of how much money I have to spend. In any case, neither glass will make a poor Cali Cab any better.

    Sage advice. Don't buy anything you couldn't bear to break. We have nice glassware for daily use and dinner parties and a few dozen cheap glasses from Ikea for other occasions.

    Years ago, as in around 15 or so and well before I developed a taste for fine wine, I was with a friend at his (much) older brother's place, and the brother was treating us to some good wine. He had expensive glasses and my friend managed to break one. His sister-in-law was bent out of shape the entire rest of the evening. It stuck with me and I decided I would never serve guests out of glasses so expensive that I might get upset if they broke one.

    You guys get this and hence why I'll never have a glass I use "exclusively." Sometimes, you just want to break out the $5 stuff from a World Market or Ikea.
     


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    I am a small-timer. We use $1 glasses from the Dollar Store. They're pretty chunky but the shape is classic and I could give two shits when they are broken, which they often are.

    For nicer occasions I have never had a problem with the diVino by Rosenthal glasses you can find by the box at places like Filene's Basement and TJ Maxx @ under $5 a glass. Thin walls, nice enough for my wine, which rarely exceeds $20/bottle, and usually is more like $10.
     


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    one of the biggest things affecting the price is hand-blown vs. machine. The $125/glass Riedels are all hand-blown with super thin walls. Truly a sensational product for those so inclined. The $20 Riedels will have slightly thicker walls and will be machine made. I'd much rather have the cheaper ones regardless of how much money I have to spend. In any case, neither glass will make a poor Cali Cab any better.
    True - but good quality glassware can make a good California Cab inch toward greatness. Anyone who doesn't know the value of a proper glass hasn't yet learned to maximize the wine experience.
     


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    True - but good quality glassware can make a good California Cab inch toward greatness. Anyone who doesn't know the value of a proper glass hasn't yet learned to maximize the wine experience.

    [​IMG]
     


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    Spiegelau makes wonderful glasses. I also have the Reidel Vinums at home and would certainly recommend them. The only thing I'm not too enthusiastic about with those is how small the water glass is. I like a big bowl of a water glass. I get thirsty!
     


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