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There are wine glasses for every type of wine, ones for indoors and outdoors, ones with stems, and those are that stemless, and the list goes on—how are you ever supposed to know which glass is the best one for you? No matter if you’re new to the wine glass game or you’re a seasoned wine drinker looking to step up your glass collection, there are plenty of options for you. From high-end splurges to special crystal technology, wine glasses really do come in all shapes, sizes, and materials.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are the best wine glasses currently on the market.
Best Overall: Zalto Denk'Art Universal Hand-Blown Wine Glass
Can be used for red or white wines
Bowl shape not ideal for heavier reds
These glasses are the top of the top. Mouth-blown and made from the finest lead-free crystal, Zalto Denk'Art glasses are used by top sommeliers and restaurants around the world, and you can splurge on a set for yourself.
These are the brand's Universal glasses, meaning they work for both white and red wines, so you can use them at any soireé you’re hosting. Zalto also claims to have one of the thinnest lips on its glasses, allowing nothing to come in between you and your wine. Keep in mind these are high-end glasses with a high-end price.
Best for Red: Schott Zwiesel Banquet Soft Red Wine Glasses, Set of 6
Great for everyday use
Some may prefer glass or crystal
These Schott Zwiesel red wine glasses have such an elegant and sophisticated look to them. The rounded bowl and slender stem just add to the sleek design. You can pull these out when you want to drink red wine with dinner on a regular weekday; no need to wait for a fancy party or houseguests.
What gives the Zwiesel glassware line its durability is the Tritan crystal technology. This technology replaces the lead in the crystal with titanium and zirconium to make the glasses stronger and more durable.
Best for White: Schott Zwiesel Fortissimo Full-White Wine Glasses, Set of 6
Chip- and scratch-resistant
Feels delicate in your hands
Taller than most glasses
Easy to tip over
The Fortissimo line of Schott Zwiesel wine glasses sets itself apart by having a longer stem but a wide base for stability. This design leads to the classy look this glass has when sitting on a table. The bowl is the perfect shape for white wine and can serve double duty as a water glass.
Same as other Schott Zwiesel glasses, these feature the Tritan crystal technology that lends them durability. A major selling point, and why we have two different styles on this list, is the titanium and zirconium in the crystal that make for a stronger glass.
Best Set: Hotel Collection Large Wine Glasses, Set of 4
Elegant bowl shape
Only one size glass available
Very thin glass
We recommend this set for people who prefer uniformity and matching sets at dinner parties but don't want to break the bank. The large wine glasses from Hotel Collection come in a set of four, as do the flutes and stemless glasses. There is also a decanter available to complete the set. They are made from glass (not always obvious, so it must be said) with a slightly flared bowl and a slender stem. And after that dinner party, you can put these glasses in the dishwasher.
Best for Gifting: Bezrat Designed Stemmed Wine Glasses
Great set for a new collector
Great size bowl for white or red wines
Print on the glass may be too whimsical for some
Bezrat’s wine glasses add a bit of whimsy without being over the top. Each glass is etched with a swirl pattern around the sides, which is great for parties because you won’t forget which glass is yours. These glasses boast a sturdy base and thicker stem, made from 100 percent crystal, so they’re not as easy to break while holding or washing. The set includes six glasses, and all are lead-free.
Best Budget: Kingrol 11.5-ounce Wine Glasses, Set of 6
Universal glass shape
Good for indoor and outdoor use
Not ideal for red wine
Not for formal occasions
If you're looking for an all-purpose glass that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, we’ve got you covered. You can pull out this Kingrol wine glass for whatever casual occasion arises. Movie night with your partner, picnic at the park with friends, poolside—you name it, and this glass is versatile enough for it. The 11.5-ounce Kingrol glasses are mouth-blown, made of lead-free glass, and come in a set of six.
Best Stemless: Everly Quinn Weinman All Purpose Wine Glasses, Set of 4
Universal glass shape
Easy to hold in your hand
Not for formal occasions
Some people don’t believe that stemless wine glasses are "the real thing," but with the ease of use, aesthetics, and versatility, stemless glasses are all right with us. When thinking of stemless wine glasses this year, think of these from Everly Quinn Weinman. The wide bowl holds 18 ounces and is appropriate for both red and white wine. Plus, the stylish brass-tone plating on the glass adds a bit of elegance, especially when the light hits the glass.
Best for Champagne: Waterford Elegance Champagne Belle Coupe Pair
Good for Champagne cocktails
You almost transport yourself back to another time and place when drinking Champagne out of a coupe. Maybe you’re at a Gatsby party or sitting in a booth at the Cotton Club, but wherever you're transported, there is just something about a coupe glass that makes you feel more elegant. These handcrafted Waterford crystal coupes are the addition to your collection that you never knew you needed.
The Zalto Denk'Art Universal mouth-blown glasses (view at Amazon) are the best of the best if you want elegant wine glasses that are suitable for both reds and whites. If you’re just starting out and need a set of universal wine glasses, the Hotel Collection set (view at Macy's) is a more budget-friendly pick. The set of six, dishwasher-safe glasses is a good place to start a collection.
What to Look for in Wine Glasses
Depending on your reasons for buying glassware, you need to think about the size of the bowl. If you’re more of a red wine drinker, you’ll need a bigger bowl to properly swirl and aerate the wine and a smaller bowl for white wines. The actual height of the glass is something to think about, too. How does the glass feel in your hand? You don’t want it to feel too small or too big.
Think about the weight of wine glasses as well. You don't want your wine glass to feel too heavy or too light. Although a light, delicate glass may enhance the flavors of the wines, you may be too nervous to drink from it for fear of breaking it as soon as you pick it up.
The rim of the glass, where your mouth makes contact with the wine, can enhance or detract from your enjoyment. Typically you want a thin rim, so there is less glass between your mouth and the wine when you take your first sip. Glasses made from crystal tend to have the thinnest rims because crystal is stronger than glass; the rim can be made pretty thin and delicate without breaking.
Nowadays, you can purchase fine stemware that is dishwasher safe. If you don’t want to stand at the sink washing 20 glasses by hand after a dinner party, make sure you are mindful of this when selecting your wine glasses.
How do you properly hold a wine glass?
You always want to hold a wine glass by the stem or by the base. Grabbing by the bowl may seem easier or more natural, but your hand heats the wine in the glass, which could change the temperature and flavor of the wine.
What's the best way to clean a wine glass?
When cleaning a wine glass, be gentle. Focus on the outside and rim of the glass where fingerprints and lipstick residue may be present. If you have a brush, use that for the inside or put a little warm water and dish detergent inside the glass and swirl it around. Be sure to hold the glass, buy the bowl this time, low in the sink when washing. Holding by just the stem and the twisting movements during washing could snap that stem right off.
How many ounces are in a standard glass of wine?
There are 5 ounces in a standard pour of wine.
What's the best way to store wine glasses?
The best way to store a wine glass is with the rim side up. The rims of wine glasses are the most delicate part of the glass, and you want to prevent the weight of the glass from resting on this part.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Tanisha Townsend holds the WSET Level 3 Certification and is a Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators. She has been teaching people how to swirl and sniff wine in glasses for over a decade. In doing so, she’s learned the best glasses for each wine to enhance flavor—and look good while doing it. But more importantly, she can wash a wine glass without breaking it.