The 10 Best Red Wine Glasses

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This wiki has been updated 36 times since it was first published in March of 2015. There comes a time in everyone's life when ditching the plastic cups you've been using since college becomes necessary. Whether you want to impress guests at a dinner party or just kick back and enjoy some well-deserved vino after a long day at work, these wine glasses will help you make the most of your Merlot, Cabernet, Bordeaux or any other red your heart desires. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Waterford Lismore Nouveau

2. Riedel O Cabernet

3. Schott Zwiesel Tritan

Editor's Notes

February 04, 2020:

Red wine drinkers have plenty of options from our carefully curated list, which includes fancy crystal glassware like the stemless Waterford Lismore Nouveau, as well as the highly affordable Svalka Series by Ikea, which are well suited for informal gatherings. Included are several sets of stemless wine glasses, which are popular choices for everyday use. Coming on board in this update is the Lenox Tuscany Classics, a set of six that are made from durable, yet elegant, lead-free crystal, and they’re from a 130-year-old American manufacturer of tableware and giftware. Each has a generous 24-ounce capacity and is safe for placement in the dishwasher.

Three of the offerings on our list come from an Austrian, family-owned glassmaking company that has been in business for well over two centuries. The practical Riedel O Cabernet, our current number two pick, offer a stemless design with a sleek, smooth shape. They’re great for everyday use and, at less than five inches in height, will store easily in any cabinet. The versatile Riedel Vinum Series are designed to accentuate the flavors in each type of grape, so they’ll enhance the taste of any red you decide to fill them with. Plus, they’re also dishwasher safe for a hassle-free cleanup. For a fancy choice that’s suitable for dinner parties, look to the crystal Riedel Veritas Old World, which feature large bowls that can hold up to 25 ounces of wine. Their elegance comes from being very light and delicate, so exercise extreme care when washing and handling them.

Leaving the list today is the Luigi Bormioli Prestige, which are known to break too easily, and some find the manufacturer’s name etched on the glasses to be unnecessary.

Special Honors

Korin Sena Bordeaux glass This elegant, break-resistant crystal glass incorporates both fine design and patented glass-crafting technology. While it might appear thin and delicate, it’s both shatterproof and resistant to scratching, shipping, and breaking. When used by restaurants, it’s been proven to maintain its brightness and luster after 2,000 cycles in the commercial dishwasher. The Sena line offers a chic, modern alternative to the manufacturer’s elegant, classic Claris collection. It’s a steal at just under $5 per glass, and if you’re in need of 24 or more, the price per glass goes down, as per a quantity discount.

Mickey Mouse Icon Stemmed Glass Great for reds and whites alike, this elegant 10-ounce glass is perfect for toasting the memories of your Walt Disney World visit. It features etched Mickey icons around the rim and can be personalized for a special gift. It’s made in the U.S.A. and in addition to being sold online, is available in the Arribas Brothers shops in Orlando and Anaheim, where artisans from around the world can be seen creating glassware using both old and new world tools and techniques.

4. Littala Essence

5. Libbey 4-Piece

6. Riedel Vinum Series

7. Lenox Tuscany Classics

8. Eisch Vinezza All Purpose

9. Svalka Series by Ikea

10. Riedel Veritas Old World

Red Wine: The Timeless Classic

That means proper storage, proper aeration, and the right wine glass used to serve and enjoy it.

Human beings have been making and enjoying wine since the stone age. Or the New Stone Age era, to be specific, better known as the neolithic period by scholars and archeologists. There is hard evidence of wine production dating back to the middle of the sixth millennium BCE, though it is entirely possible wine was being produced as many as eight thousand years ago or longer.

Wine has long played a pivotal role in human society, forming a centerpiece of religious rites ranging from the ancient bacchanalia to the Christian practice of commune still common today. Wine has long been and remains one of the most popular beverages for enjoying with food and friends, both in celebration or during everyday life. Historically, the alcohol present in wine made it generally safer to drink than potentially contaminated water.

Of the major types of wine, including blush, sparkling, rose, and the like, there are truly two broad categories into which almost every bottle produced will fall: white wine, or red wine. And traditionally, popular though white wines are, red wine is the beloved choice of the dedicated wine drinker.

One could spend a year tasting different red wines and not come near to sampling every winery's distinct layers of flavor -- indeed there are well over 8,000 wineries in North America alone -- but getting to know the major grapes used to make red wine requires a bit less time. The most commonly used red wine grapes are, in order alphabetical, not by popularity or volume harvested for wine making, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Zinfandel.

In some parts of the globe, a bottle of wine is defined by its grape or blend thereof. This is true in American wine, where California produces wines using both the Pinot Noir and Cabernet grapes that are celebrated the world over. In other places, the region defines the bottle of wine. One Bordeaux or Chianti (from regions of France and Italy, respectively) may differ from another in terms of grapes used in its creation, but both will be similar in character.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to red wine. The wine you most enjoy is the best wine in the world, as far as you should be concerned. Just make sure to treat any good wine with respect. That means proper storage, proper aeration, and the right wine glass used to serve and enjoy it.

Choosing The Best Red Wine Glass

Red wines are traditionally served at room temperature, or for a few select varieties, chilled slightly below that range. And traditionally, the wine goblet has been the preferred method of serving red wine. The goblet, consisting of the bowl, the stem, and the foot, is an ideal vehicle for red wines, as it allows the drinker to keep his or her hand off the stem, therefore reducing the transfer of warmth from a person's hand, and also allowing one to enjoy a clear view of their wine.

Red wines are traditionally served at room temperature, or for a few select varieties, chilled slightly below that range.

Red wine glasses usually have wide openings that allow plenty of air to come into contact with the liquid's surface. Air -- specifically the oxygen in the air -- helps to "open up" a red wine, releasing its full bouquet of scents and allowing its flavor profile to bloom. Some wines that benefit the most from this process of aeration are Bordeauxs and Cabernets, and thus you will often see them served in larger wine glasses.

While the stem of a red wine goblet has long been considered the ideal place to hold the glass, in recent years stemless wine glasses have become more and more popular. The fact is, if you set your glass down when not taking sips, you won't transfer any noticeable amount of warmth to your wine, thus minimizing the need for a stemmed glass.

Stemless glasses are inherently more stable thanks to their low center of gravity, thus making them great for use on a boat, a serving tray, or around kids. These glasses also have elegant simplicity to their appearance that endears them to many wine lovers.

If you are going to be orchestrating a wine tasting complete with a renowned sommelier, you might want to stick with traditional goblets purpose built for the wines to be enjoyed. For the rest of us, go ahead and choose a wine glass you think looks great and simply enjoy.

Proper Enjoyment Of A Great Red Wine

To best enjoy a glass of red wine, either go to a great restaurant or wine bar, or else get ready to do some research. First know the few red wines that are considered at their best when served slightly chilled. These include French Beaujolais wines and many types of Red Zinfandels.

And always remember to store your wine bottles, red, white, and Champagne included, on their sides.

Next, read up on the proper aeration time for the wine you're going to serve. Some bottles can be opened and sipped at once, while other should be given hours to breathe. This process can be sped up by using a good decanter and/or a wine aerator, which is a device through which wine is poured that helps to aerate and open the liquid.

And finally, choose a glass that will allow the wine to perform its best, and never overfill the glass: the more surface area a glass of red wine has, the better.

And always remember to store your wine bottles, red, white, and Champagne included, on their sides. This allows liquid to keep the cork moist, preventing it from drying out and potentially allowing air in. Long exposure to air is one of wine's greatest enemies, slowly but steadily ruining the flavor and quality of the wine.

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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