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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 your every wine night need.
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 to have in your wine bar.
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. Riedel’s stemless glasses are sturdier than their stemmed versions, making them great for everyday use. Plus, they are dishwasher safe.
The beauty of stemless glasses is that they can be used regularly, but that high-volume usage can mean replacing them pretty often. Libbey’s Exquisite collection is great for those who always need new wine glasses, especially the versatile white wine shape.
Measuring 3.36 inches in diameter and 5.2 inches tall, Libbey’s offering can hold up to 20.5 ounces. These are made using ClearFire Formula glass, a patented process that produces more durable and more brilliant glass. That durability means Libbey’s glasses are chip-resistant and dishwasher safe.
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. The glass has the capacity to hold up to 23.8 ounces.
These machine-made glasses are sturdy enough for daily use and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
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 and capable of holding 13.25 ounces of wine, the shorter glass allows you to capture a white wine’s subtle aromas while the smaller bowl helps the wine maintain its acidity. The smaller footprint means saving space when stored away. Riedel’s glasses are made from non-leaded glass and safe to put in the dishwasher.
The exciting bubbles of sparkling wine are perfect for every celebration—from weddings to making it through the week. Eparé’s stemless version of the classic Champagne flute definitely has 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 any condensation. The flute is durable enough to handle the dishwasher, the microwave, and the freezer.
Whether you like to take your evening wine on the porch or you spend the summer roughing it in the woods, heading outside with your wine opens up a whole new world of risks. Vivocci Unbreakable Stemless Wine Glasses are perfect for mitigating some of those risks.
These are made from Tritan copolyster, a premium material that presents like glass except it’s shatterproof. It’s also free of BPA, BPS, estrogenic activity, and androgenic activity. The rounder tulip shape measures 3 inches at its widest diameter and is 3.75 inches tall, which makes these glasses perfect for all wines.
Vivocci’s use of Tritan makes these some of the most durable glasses available—and they're also dishwasher safe.
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.
Corkcicle’s 5-inch tall colorful 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 these be washed by hand and notes that they can be used for hot drinks as well.
One of Europe’s quaint practices is serving wine in a wide and short 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 5-ounce regular 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.
You can't go wrong with the versatile Riedel O Wine Tumbler Cabernet/Merlot wine glass set, which will work for whatever wine you're in the mood to sip. Headed outside for a picnic? Opt for the Vivocci Unbreakable Plastic Stemless Wine Glasses.
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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.