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Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass
The best all-purpose wine glass
This inexpensive tulip-shaped glass showcases both red and white wines well. It’s durable yet still thin and elegant enough for dinner parties.
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The Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass has all the features we look for in finer stemware at a bargain price, and it’s versatile enough to be the only wine glass you need. The shape is nicely balanced with a thin lip that makes it feel more sophisticated than other clunky, inexpensive glasses. It’s also dishwasher safe and durable enough to withstand the rigors of daily use. We particularly recommend this glass for people who tend to drink wine that costs $20 or less per bottle (this glass won’t necessarily highlight the nuanced aromas and flavors of pricier wines) or for those who regularly entertain.
A more elegant all-purpose wine glass
Although it’s pricey, this glass proved its value across a range of wines and doesn’t feel too precious to use every day.
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If you want something that looks and feels more special than the Libbey glass and showcases wines with more nuance (particularly wines in the over $20 per bottle category), we recommend the Gabriel-Glas StandArt. It’s versatile and performed as well in our taste tests as glasses costing twice as much. Nice glasses shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions, so we appreciate that the StandArt isn’t so expensive that you’ll be afraid to use it every day. The slightly angled bowl is an elegant touch that enhances swirling, and most testers also found the heavier weight and thicker stem of the StandArt more comfortable to use than the ultrathin Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass, our previous upgrade pick.
Rastal Harmony Stemless
An inexpensive stemless option
This is a stylish stemless glass that you can use for more than just wine.
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For casual drinking, we recommend the Rastal Harmony glass, which is sturdier and better looking than the other stemless options we tested. The angled sides give it a modern look and also make it hard to knock over, which is ideal for large parties. The Harmony was pleasant to drink out of and a comfortable size for most people to wrap their hand around. While it didn’t do much to enhance delicate wines, it handled young, fruity wines well. Our experts recommend the Harmony for enjoying inexpensive, refreshing wines, but you could also use it as a water or highball glass. Just know that all stemless glasses come with downsides: Because you have to hold them by the bowl, your hands will warm up the wine, while leaving unsightly fingerprints on the outside.
Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige
The best Champagne flute
This glass is made of high-quality, sparkling nonleaded crystal to showcase your favorite bubbly.
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The pros we spoke to agreed that the best thing to drink Champagne out of is a wine glass. But there’s a lot of fine print to that statement, and if you don’t typically spend $40 or more on a bottle of Champagne to drink at home, a flute will still do the job nicely. Plus, flutes offer an elegant look that differs from a wine glass, and are a must for any celebration. The most important consideration when choosing a Champagne flute is whether or not it makes you feel good when you hold it. Riedel’s Cuvee Prestige strikes an elegant profile while still being comfortable to drink from. The tulip shape also walks the line between that of a tall flute and the more useful (aromatically speaking) bowl of a traditional wine glass. Made from nonleaded crystal, the Cuvee Prestige also sparkles brilliantly under the light. A tiny, imperceptible etching at the bottom of the bowl keeps your wine carbonated for as long as possible.
Source: The NY Times
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