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Drink What You Like, Out of What You Like

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 4:42:12 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

The glassware you use should be a solution and not a cause for greater problems. This is why wine glasses come in a variety of materials and shapes, and we choose to offer all of them. While we try to educate our customers on the benefit of selecting an appropriately shaped glass to allow for greater enjoyment (and yes, it does make a difference!), some folks prefer something more casual like a stemless wine glass or something polycarbonate, for outdoor use.

Yesterday I read a post about drinking wine from plastic cups, on Serious Eats. In the post, Deb Harkness (who writes the blog Good Wine Under $20) spoke about a tasting hosted by Georg Riedel, where she learned the importance of proper stemware. She suggests that people ditch their plastic cups and spend about as much on a single wine glass as they would on a bottle of wine, among other things. The discussion heated up in the comments section. Despite good intentions, people seemed truly fired up by being told what to drink out of! I was surprised that something so harmless could cause such a stir.

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Riedel ‘O’ Stemless Wine Glasses

Ideally you would have a glass of wine for every occasion whether a polycarbonate wine glass for outdoor barbeques, an O glass for casual get-togethers, or Fusion wine glasses for elegant dinner parties. But some people prefer a stemless glass for all occasions due to lack of storage space or ease of cleanup, while others prefer to use stems all the time because of their elegance, ease of swirling and temperature preservation. Maybe you even use plastic cups because you’re by a pool or on a hike, where glassware isn’t feasible. Personally if I can’t access a great glass, I’d rather drink great wine out of a crummy glass, than crummy wine! I don’t think that the price of the glass needs to be calibrated to the price of the wine.

You should never feel forced to spend a certain amount on a glass or to use a certain type of glass, but guidelines are helpful. In the end it comes down to your budget and your own taste.

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One Response to “Drink What You Like, Out of What You Like”

  1. The glass makes a big difference, but so does psychology. I keep three glasses at the ready in case my glass of choice does not suit the wine du jour.

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