Three favourite wine glasses
I have over two dozen different wine glasses in my large “glasses cupboard” and have trialled many more. Yes, I understand the benefits of using a riesling glass for riesling and a merlot glass for merlot. I’ve attended a Riedel glass promotion hosted by George Riedel himself. I arrived a cynic and left as a believer. I spent a vast sum on “varietal” glasses but inevitable rationalisation took place and I now drink most of my wine from just three glasses.
I like big glasses. I also like the flared rim of this glass, which feels nicer than a conventional rim. There is absolutely no question that pinot noir tastes better when sipped from these glasses than from a non-pinot noir glasses. I don’t like the “brandy balloon” look of this glass but I absolutely love its ability to amplify the character of both white and red wines from sauvignon to syrah. I also love to drink port and sherry from this glass.
From a practical point of view, these glasses don’t stack easily in my dishwasher although they are surprisingly tough and I’ve suffered few breakages. In summary, I don’t like the way they look, I love to drink most wines from them, they are quite expensive but are fairly durable. (NZD $129 for two)
I’ve become quite attached to these glasses since I purchased a set from the importer, Schubert Wines, in Martinborough. They are super-light, very fine, great to drink from and I find the shape pleasing. I use these glasses to evaluate all the wines reviewed, including sparkling wine (although I prefer to drink sparkling wine from Champagne flutes).
They appear to be very fragile, although the only breakage I have experienced was when I dropped an ice cube into a glass which shattered into a million pieces (I was making a gin and tonic). They are versatile, reasonably affordable, great to use and moderately durable. (NZD $30 each. NZD $150 for a set of six)
I have previously written about my growing affection for stemless wine glasses. I have several different models but this is my favourite (it fits well into my slightly small hands). In addition to wine of all sorts they are good for beer, scotch, water, gin and tonic – in fact just about any liquid, with the possible exception of sparkling wine (although I do use them for sparkling water).
They are cheap, tough, practical and stack brilliantly in the dishwasher. My wife refuses to use them, preferring stemmed wine glasses. (NZD $15)