So we have a bunch of cheapo stemware that we’ve accumulated from various places, including IKEA. I’d like to start using proper stemware and would love some recommendations on starter stemware. We drink a lot more reds than whites, and I think our current white glasses are better (comparatively) anyway, so stemware for reds is probably the place to start. Right now, we mainly use our IKEA glasses with a very large bowl for our reds, but I’m using those for everything red, not just Pinot Noir. I know that glasses can get very pricey, and given the klutziness of my wife and I, durability is an issue too.
I know there are other threads on stemware, but I’m not sure they’re on point given where we are in our wine experience to this point. Any recommendations for daily or starter stemware to get us going on the right path without too much of an up-front investment? In part, I’m curious how the proper stemware accentuates the drinking experience, but don’t want to spend a ton on Riedel’s upfront (that we’d likely break in a matter of days). Do we need to buy multiple styles of glasses, or would a good bordeaux style glass be generally sufficient?
I’ve been using Schott Zwiesel Tritan Claret glasses for over a year now as my ‘daily’ glass. They are elegant, lightweight, beautifully designed, and REALLY strong. In that time, I’ve broken Riedels and Spieglaus while using them only once in a great while.
If you can figure out where to buy them, the Riedel restaurant lines provide pretty great value. I’ve found a shop or two that will let me buy a case at their cost, which is around $5 a stem. Not so bad for nice glasses, at least from my perspective. I think there is some amount of disagreement on whether these stems are more burly than the normal vinuums, but I’ve found them to hold up really quite well, even through the dishwasher.
The only trouble is finding someone that will order them for you, but with some searching they are great.
Get the titanium Schott-Zwiesels - the “Forte Tritan”. They’re about $10 per stem and I haven’t broken one in the year and a half I’ve been using them. I used to be able to get Spiegelaus for $6 per stem before Riedel bought them and, though they’re more durable than the Riedel Vinum Series, I still broke them all the time.
Here’s a link. I’m not hyping Sur la Table, it’s just where I found the pics. Also, one of our members is offering a deal on S-W stems in Commerce Corner. http://www.surlatable.com/category/id/103662.do" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Hey, thanks everyone for the quick response. Would you recommend the Claret for reds generally? I noticed in the sur la table link that there is also a red wine style and a cabernet style glass. Is the differentiation material? I assume it matters more if you’re drinking higher end stuff?
Generally you want the Burgundy style for more aromatic reds like Pinot, Tempranillo or Nebbiolo based wines. The Bordeaux or Claret style for most other reds, especially for full bodied varieties. I also use the white wine glasses for lighter styled whites and sparkling wines.
I have no clue why they label the boxes that way. Has annoyed me since i started buying them. Use these two links and it should be clear. When I say Burgundy style, I mean the wider, bigger bowled example.
Bordeaux - http://www.winex.com/wine-11476-.aspx" onclick=“window.open(this.href);return false;
Burgundy - http://www.winex.com/wine-11477-.aspx” onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;