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Whether you're at a formal event or an outdoor hangout with friends, you need a wine glass that can be used outside on the deck or patio or taken with you (safely and responsibly of course) to the beach, pool, or picnic.
Usually, we use different glasses for different styles of wine as they really do make a difference in the aromas and flavors of the wine. But for outdoor, picnic, beach use, we typically aren’t pulling out our best cellar bottles to open up and assess like that, are we? Well, even if you are, we do have an outdoor glass for you.
So grab a bottle of wine and head outdoors. Here is a list of the best wine glasses for all of your outdoor needs, as soon as the temperatures rise and we’re free to move about the land.
Best Overall: Juvale 12.5-ounce Unbreakable Shatterproof Plastic Crystal Wine Glass Set, 6-Pack
The main issue with drinking out of real glasses outdoors is the issue of breakage. Stemless glasses and wine tumblers exist to help with this, but some people really need to have a glass with a stem when drinking wine. No worries, because these 12.5-ounce glasses made from Tritan plastic are shatterproof, unbreakable, and have stems. They’re dishwasher safe as well. But the best thing about them is that they come in a set of six so you won’t be the only one with a sturdy glass when the rest of your friends have broken theirs.
Best Multipurpose: BergHOFF Acrylic Wine Glasses with Chevron Pattern, Set of 4
This is probably the most versatile glass on the list. Able to hold up to 13 ounces, it’s made from acrylic and comes with a lid and a straw. Not that you need the straw for wine, but it can be handy for a wine cocktail or sangria, perhaps.
The double-wall insulation will keep your drink cold. The fun chevron pattern is also cute and the stem makes it easy for you to carry the drink to the patio, hold it at a picnic, or sip from it poolside.
Best Stemless: W&P Porter Stemless Travel Wine Glass
Gone are the days of drinking wine from plastic cups outside. They’re not that pretty and they aren’t sustainable. And honestly, wine tastes much better in a proper glass. Silicone-wrapped glasses have entered the chat. This glass has a flat base that won’t tip over and a lid with a slide-lock, so it's spill-proof. Available in eight different designs and in neutral colors such as slate and cream, this 15-ounce stemless travel glass will be your new go-to.
Best with Lid: Oggi Cheers Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler with Acrylic Lid
Lid? Check. Double-wall vacuum insulation? Check. Keeping your wine chilled for up to nine hours? Check, check, check! This stainless-steel tumbler comes in several different colors and will hold 12 ounces of your white or red wines safely. I’m not sure what else you really need in a wine tumbler because this one has it all. Buy a few of them to give to friends. They'll be so happy you did.
Best for Red Wine: House of Hampton Heil 8-ounce Acrylic Red Wine Glass, Set of 4
Practical for outdoors and a space saver, this 8-ounce stemmed glass has a wider mouth that is great for red wine, plenty of space to swirl and aerate the wine, and comes in a set of four. The glasses, made from BPA-free acrylic, are stackable and packaged in a sleeve for easy storage. That also makes it easier to carry out to the deck with one hand, and a bottle of wine in the other.
Best for Champagne: Q Squared Hudson 7-ounce Tritan Acrylic Glitter Champagne Flute Set
If you’re drinking Champagne outside, you really don’t want to do that in a plastic cup, or even a tumbler for that matter. Luckily, there’s a flute for that and Hudson has you covered with the tapered shape so you can be mesmerized watching the bubbles dance to the top. Its unbreakable Tritan acrylic Champagne flute set is BPA-free and dishwasher safe. This flute-shaped glass preserves your bubbles until the very last sip.
Best Fancy: POINTER Outdoor Wine Glass, Set of 2
Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean that you have to have everything acrylic and unbreakable. There will be a time when you want to have a candlelit dinner on the beach, or maybe a glass of wine by a firepit, we’ve got a perfect glass for just that occasion. Actually, two glasses because they come in a set.
The Pointer wine glass is all-purpose white, rosé, or red, but instead of a stem and base, it has a spike (or pointer) at the bottom that you can stick in the ground. It's packaged in a circular tube for safe delivery and easy to carry to your special event. No need to worry about it tipping over, or the wine blowing: your glass is literally staked in the ground. Just be careful not to kick it or drop it, and you’re fine. As a bonus, this glass can be personalized.
Whether you're enjoying your evening glass of wine on the porch or hosting an outdoor dinner party, the nearly indestructible Juvale Shatterproof Wine Glass Set (view at Amazon) is a great option. But if you must drink from real glassware, make sure to stake the Pointer Outdoor Wine Glass (view on Etsy) within arm's length.
What to Look for in Outdoor Wine Glasses
There are many ways to go when it comes to buying wine glasses for outdoor use. But perhaps the first consideration is how will you use it outdoors. If your main goal is to keep your wine at a consistent temperature for a prolonged period of time, aim for something that's insulated. But maybe presentation is more important, and so you're looking for a glass that's a little less laid-back looking and more in keeping with a traditional wine glass. Those are good choices, and they come with and without stems. Finally, if you want to pack the glasses and go, the ones that can collapse are an even more inventive choice.
If you're mostly concerned about durability, then the stemless ones will be your best bet for the long haul because they are less prone to breaking. If you're OK with a few breaking here and there, aim for the shatterproof ones.
For unlimited budgets, a glass wrapped in a silicon sheath might be the way to go. It also comes with a lid. But if you're looking for something inexpensive, and you won't mind if one breaks or accidentally goes home with a neighbor, you'll want something cheaper, maybe even under $20 to $30 for a set.
What is the point of stemless wine glasses?
People like them for more casual settings and for situations that call for an affordable, drinkable wine, one whose glassware won't make or break the enjoyment of the wine's nuances. And in fact, if you're serving a chilled red in a warm month, holding a stemless glass can help take a little of the chill off the wine.
Does the shape of the wine glass matter?
For the sake of most backyard sipping, the answer to this question is not necessarily—with the exception of Champagne. Because of the carbonation, Champagne does best with flute-shaped glasses.
Are outdoor wineglasses reusable?
Yes, these glasses are absolutely reusable and are designed to be used again and again. Many of them are dishwasher safe, but some of them require handwashing. Check the manufacturer's recommendation.
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Tanisha Townsend is a freelance writer for The Spruce Eats and the founder and chief wine officer of Girl Meets Glass, a wine lifestyle and education agency. She lives in Paris, France, where she conducts wine and food pairing experiences, hosts a podcast, and teaches wine courses at universities.