Paul and I came late to alcohol, so we’re later than most people in acquiring wine glasses. Paul got a book about wine out of the library, and it suggests newbies look for two things in a starter wine glass (other than wine, ha ha more coffee QUICK):
1. a lip that curves in, as opposed to one that flares out, and
2. a stem, as opposed to stemless.
I love a quest.
It took about 5 minutes for me to realize that I dislike thin stems: they make me feel nervous, like the wine glass is fragile and unbalanced and will snap or tip in my hand. I like the kind of stem that flares out a little to support the liquid-holding part, like this:
Libbey Footed Goblet (photo from Amazon.com). In fact, after looking at page after page of plain wine glass possibilities, this is the set that’s my favorite. Happily for someone who doesn’t even know if she’ll end up liking wine enough to need wine glasses, it turns out I have cheap tastes: these are $13.99 for four.
Mikasa Tiara wine glass. When Paul and I were first married, we lived near a Mikasa outlet and I used to admire the beautiful heavy wine glasses they had there. I think of this cut/carved style as “crystal,” but I realize that’s not the word to describe it—that crystal can be smooth, and that the cut/faceted thing can be done with glass. I think of them as crystal anyway, and this one actually is. It’s also $20 for one single wine glass (or 4-for-3, so $15 each if I buy four), so we’ll wait a bit to see if we actually, you know, LIKE wine.
Star Trek wine glasses, by Impulsive Creativity on Etsy (photo from the shop). I thought I didn’t like painted wine glasses, but it turns out I just don’t like the “40 IS THE NEW 30!” or “SEXY AND SINGLE!” ones, or anything with bubble writing, or anything painted to look like a woman. Star Trek is another story.
Vintage green stemware from Bluebell on Etsy (photo from the shop). Oh, I should be looking at Goodwill-type shops for wine glasses!
Lenox “Tuscany Harvest” wine glasses (photo from Amazon.com). I think these are pretty even though I don’t like the skinny stems. And even though they’re $50. And really they’re not right for me at all. It would be fun to choose a color, though, each time.
Lyla recycled glass wine glass (photo from CrateAndBarrel.com). THESE are my style. $7.95 each. But they seem BIG: a lot of wine glasses I’ve been looking at are in the 4- to 8-ounce range, but these are 13 ounces. …Wait, why would I complain about that?