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Stemless glasses

Stemless glasses (Photo: Riedel)

I’ve become a big fan of stemless glasses. At first, I was reluctant to embrace stemless glasses, citing the usual objections that I now believe are less valid; they don’t look as elegant as stemmed glasses (true), white warms up too quickly (easily overcome) and they don’t “feel right” (get over it).

It’s worth considering that the bowl on a stemless glass is identical to that of a stemmed glass by the same producer. The only difference is that one has a stem and the other doesn’t. In terms of expressing a wine’s bouquet or the “feel” when you sip from them, stemmed and stemless glasses offer an identical experience.

Now consider the benefits of stemless glasses.

  • They are cheaper.
  • They are less likely to break.
  • They are more stable.
  • They fit easier into the dishwasher and microwave.
  • They allow you to warm wine up by cupping your hand around the bowl – easier when there is no stem.

If you are worried about warming white wine up too quickly the simple solution is to pour less in the glass or not hold it in your hand.

I still use stemmed glasses but mostly at dinner parties when trying to dress the table up a bit. My wife, Marion, prefers stemmed glasses at all times.

4 thoughts on “Stemless glasses”

  1. Bob Campbell MW
    Bob Campbell MW says:

    Pour less in your glass and top up more frequently. Put the glass down instead of warming it in your hand.

  2. John Murphy says:

    You mention it is easy to overcome the quick warming of white wine. Other than putting the glasses and wine in the fridge what do you suggest?

  3. Bob Campbell MW
    Bob Campbell MW says:

    Fair point. No vessel is perfect.

  4. Judy says:

    What about finger marks ? I am messy. I don’t want pork ribs on my glass or prawn shell or grilled nuts – all foods which demand finger work

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