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It only takes a few broken stems before any wine lover is stocking up on stemless wine glasses. Easier to hold and durable enough for everyday use, stemless glasses usually don’t require the delicate care of their stemmed counterparts. Thankfully, stemless wine glasses now come in a variety of shapes and materials for all of your wine night needs.
Keep in mind that shape is an important aspect when picking out wine glasses. It can help enhance a wine’s aromatic bouquet while allowing it to balance its tannins and acidity. There’s also the narrow Champagne flute to consider, which creates the visually impressive display of bubbles. If you’re an all-around fan of wine, you should go with a more versatile shape. If you tend to pick up one style more than others, buy wine glasses that will improve your favorites.
Here are the best stemless wine glasses.
Best Overall: Riedel O Wine Tumbler Cabernet/Merlot, Set of Two
Glass is delicate
If you’re searching for one glass to drink all the wine, you’ll want a shape that’s close to universal—not too round or too narrow. Riedel achieves this one-size-fits-all shape with its cabernet/merlot wine glass. Measuring 4.75 inches tall, these oval-shaped glasses can hold a little more than 21 ounces. That shape creates the ideal environment for any wine from delicate sparkling rosé to full-bodied red wine, while not being too oversized for smaller hands.
Riedel produces these with non-leaded glass and they're machine-made for consistency. They're sturdier than the brand's stemmed versions, too, making them great for everyday use. Plus, they are dishwasher safe.
Capacity: 21 ounces | Material: Machine-made glass | Wine Style: Cabernet and merlot
Best Budget: Govino Go-Anywhere Wine Glasses, Set of 4
Flexible, but durable
Contoured base and thumb notch
Can pick up aromas
Not as great for showing off flavors
If you’re looking for maximum durability from your stemless wine glass, look no further. Govino’s offerings look great, are virtually shatterproof, and can be reused again and again. The design is particularly clever—a contoured shape and small dent in the side of the glass let your thumb sit comfortably and makes it easier to hold the glass. Plus, for the wine nerds who don’t want to forgo quality, the Tritan plastic has the appeal of real crystal with a brilliant, clear, reflective finish.
A.J. Ojeda-Pons, a sommelier and the director of operations at Temperance Wine Bar in New York City, notes, “They are great for outings in the park or packing for the beach; they are light, unbreakable and you can wash them.” Though he also says, “Govinos will lose their shape if you wash them in the dishwasher.” So, although they're made from sturdy plastic, you may want to hand wash to keep them looking their best.
Capacity: 16 ounces | Material: Tritan | Wine Style: Universal
“I would drink wines with more body and texture in a stemless wine glass,” says Corey Hayes, the director of food and beverage for The Wayfinder Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. “Wines like a full-bodied cabernet or a California chardonnay. The larger bowl lends itself to more full-bodied wines.”
Best for Red Wine: Riedel O Stemless Pinot/Nebbiolo Wine Glass Set
Delicate and thin
Showcases aromas of delicate reds
Doesn't translate well to white varietals
Wide surface area slightly awkward to hold
The complexity of a red wine’s tannins, acidity, and bouquet calls for larger glasses. Riedel, one of the authorities on wine glasses, excels at red wine expression with its pinot/nebbiolo shape. The rounder burgundy shape, made from non-leaded glass, translates to the glasses measuring 4.25 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches in height. This creates an environment that intensifies the earthy and red fruit aromas while creating a wider surface that encourages your red wine to aerate. Each glass has the capacity to hold up to 23.8 ounces, is sturdy enough for daily use, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Capacity: 24 ounces | Material: Machine-made crystal | Wine Style: Pinot noir, similar red expressions
“I would suggest pouring red wine or fortified wines, like port, sherry, and Madeira, into a stemless glass.” — Slava Borisov, Bartender at Travelle at The Langham
Best for White Wine: Riedel O Wine Tumbler Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling Stemless Glass Set
Easy to store
Be wary of hand heat
Stemless or not, the gentle aromas of popular white wines, like riesling, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc, are accentuated in tulip-shaped wine glasses. Riedel masters this shape with its sauvignon blanc/riesling offering, which is perfect for any white wine.
Measuring 4.25 inches tall with a 13.25-ounce capacity, the shorter glass allows you to capture a white wine’s subtle aromas, while the smaller bowl helps the wine maintain its acidity. The compact footprint saves space when stored away, too. Riedel’s glasses are made from non-leaded glass and safe to put in the dishwasher.
Capacity: 13 ounces | Material: Machine-made crystal | Wine Style: Riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc
What wines are best for a stemless glass? “You can honestly use it with every wine, even sparkling, especially since Riedel has developed different shapes and forms of stemless glasses; the only difference to a stem glass is that the stem is missing,” describes Benjamin Gutenbrunner, the beverage director of New York City's Upper East Side restaurant Blume. “Especially dessert wine. In a stemless glass, it's just beautiful.”
Best for Champagne: Eparé Stemless Sparkling Wine Glasses
Hand wash to extend life
The exciting bubbles of sparkling wine are exciting for every celebration, from weddings to simply making it through the week, and Eparé’s stemless version of the classic Champagne flute deserves a place in any wine lover’s collection.
This 6.5-inch-tall flute, which holds 5 ounces of wine, is made from hand-blown borosilicate glass that’s resistant to both scratches and shattering. Eparé’s double-walled insulation ensures that your wine will stay cool and helps prevent condensation. The flute is durable enough to handle the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer.
Capacity: 5 ounces | Material: Borosilicate glass | Wine Style: Champagne, sparkling wine
Best for Outdoors: Vivocci Unbreakable Plastic Stemless Wine Glasses
Feels similar to real glass
Whether you like to take your evening wine on the porch or spend the summer roughing it in the woods, heading outside with your wine opens up a whole new world of risks. Thankfully, Vivocci Unbreakable Stemless Wine Glasses can help mitigate some of those risks.
These glasses are made from Tritan copolyester, a premium material that presents like glass, except it’s shatterproof. The rounder tulip shape measures 3 inches at its widest diameter and is 3.75 inches tall, which makes these glasses great for all wines. Vivocci’s use of Tritan makes these some of the most durable glasses available. Plus, they're dishwasher safe.
Capacity: 5 ounces | Material: Tritan copolyester | Wine Style: Best for reds
Best Insulated: Corkcicle 12-Ounce Triple-Insulated Stemless Glass
Hand wash only
Not ideal for higher-end wine
Insulated wine glasses keep your wine cold for hours while preventing slippery condensation. While a few are produced with glass, Corkcicle’s triple-insulated version is made from stainless steel, making it great for both indoor and outdoor activities.
The colorful 5-inch-tall glasses can hold up to 12 ounces and feature ergonomically designed flat sides for easier gripping. There’s also a non-slip silicone base to avoid spills and a clear lid with a sliding panel for sipping. Corkcicle recommends washing these by hand and notes that they can be used for hot drinks, as well.
Capacity: 12 ounces | Material: Stainless steel | Wine Style: Universal
Best Bodega-Style: Bormioli Rocco Mini 7.5-Ounce Drinking Glasses
Can be used for hot drinks
Not ideal for showcasing aromas
One of Europe’s quaint practices is serving wine in a short and wide, flat-bottomed glass, often referred to as a bodega glass. If that’s the casual look you want, Bormioli Rocco’s bodega-style wine glasses fit the bill.
Measuring only 2.25 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide, these tiny glasses still hold 7.5 ounces—enough for the standard 5-ounce pour. The heavy-duty glass means these hard-to-break tumblers can easily be stacked when stored away and are safe for the dishwasher. While they’re not insulated, nor do they have a handle, you can also use them for hot drinks, like espresso.
Capacity: 7.5 ounces | Material: Tempered glass | Wine Style: Table wine
What to Look for in Stemless Wine Glasses
Stemless wine glasses come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There are flutes for all your bubbly wine needs and rounder glasses for more full-bodied reds. Alternatively, there are more universally shaped glasses for reds, whites, roses, and everything between.
One of the big draws of a stemless wine glass is they are far less likely to get knocked over. In that regard, many drinkers like to opt for a plastic stemless glass for al fresco drinking. That said, if you just like the feel of a stemless glass, there are stemless options made with whisper-thin crystal.
Nowadays you can purchase both plastic options and finer stemless glasses. If you care about the aromas of a wine, there are plenty of elevated crystal and glass options. Just keep in mind that you will have to hand wash glasses after every wine hour. If you would rather skip the cleanup (an appealing option if you entertain frequently), make sure you are mindful of selecting a dishwasher-safe option.
How do you hold a stemless wine glass?
Hold a stemless wine glass in whatever way is most comfortable. Just remember that your hand will warm up the wine, so try and avoid leaving it in your grasp for too long.
How many ounces are in a stemless wine glass?
Depending on the style of wine the glass is made for, stemless glasses can range from 5 to 13 ounces in size. Champagne and white glasses will be smaller, while red wine glasses will be larger.
Why use a stemless wine glass?
“Stemless glasses are way more stable than long-stemmed glassware,” says Travelle at The Langham's Borisov. “It means it is harder to tip stemless glassware over, potentially spilling your wine and ruining your clothes.”
“Stemless wine glasses are perfect for drinking just about anything,” says The Wayfinder Hotel's Hayes. “In some ways, it can create a more relaxed experience when drinking wine, but at the same time, it’s perfect for a cocktail or water glass when you want to class it up a bit. Stemless wine glasses are used to take away the stress of holding a normal wine glass. They are much sturdier and less likely to break, which is why they are gaining popularity. They make for an easier drinking experience and take away the worry or pressure of knocking the glass over and making a mess.”
What is the best way to store stemless wine glasses?
While you may be tempted to store the glass upside down to protect them from dust, Thierry Sighel of The Magic Of Wine says, “Keep your glasses facing open to the air (hanging or upside up) to avoid aromas building up.”
Essentially, store a stemless glass the same way you store your regular wine glasses. “It takes up less room in your cabinet and you don’t need extra height between the shelves,” Borisov says.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Siobhan Wallace has written about food and wine for over a decade. She’s a stemless wine glass fan after breaking one too many wine stems.
Kate Dingwall, who updated this piece, is a freelance writer whose work focuses on food, drinks, and travel. She is based in Toronto and holds a Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level III qualification. She interviewed four wine experts for this article.