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Sep 24, 2006 03:46 PM

Riedel Wine Glasses -- need advice on purchasing

I'm about to bite the bullet, throw away my now odd numbered, mismatched Crate and Barrel wine glasses and invest in some nice Riedel ones. I have a couple of questions I'm hoping the experts can help me with. The choices are overwhelming, I'm hoping to just buy a set for red wine and a set for white wine. On most sites, they are listed for specific reds and whites, way too highbrow for our needs. Can anyone recommend which styles would be best for a broader range of wines? My husband favors the bigger bowls for red wine, but it seems like Riedel doesn't think those are right for red wine. Is that right? Finally, if anyone has any recommendations on where to get them cheapest online, I'm all ears. Thanks in advance for your help with this!

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  1. Go for the Vinum series they will range in price between 18-25 per stem. The Bordeaux stem can be used as a good all around red. The Chardonnay similarly used for white

      1. We bought the Reidel glasses that can go into the dishwasher, for which I am grateful. I got large ones (maybe "merlot") for red and don't remember which model I got for white, but we got them on e-bay and have never been sorry. Just look at the shape and get what you like.

        1. I agree with Winemark, the Vinum series is probably the best price/quality ratio. The chardonnay series is good for whites and I like the burgundy glasses for both reds and whites, too. has a good selection, plus you can read some consumer opinions plus see pictures.

          1. Reidel has a "restaurant" series that goes in the diswasher. It is plenty high-end enough for all but the snottiest imbibers. (They aren't your friends anyway.) eBay has them at good prices.
            Several years ago, I started buying averything like this by the dozen. Takes longer before you break enough to get down to not having sufficient to set a decent table.

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            1. re: MakingSense

              I second the Restaurant line. Usually available to only those in the business, you can now get them on EBay as MakingSense said. You can dishwash them without fear and they have shorter/fatter stems for added durability. I would recommend the Shiraz glass for most reds and the Sauvignon Blanc glass for most whites. If you are a Pinot Noir lover, you will want to get these glasses too.