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May 17, 2007 01:20 PM

Wine Glass recommendations (in Boston)

I am tired to breaking my Riedels, down to 2 white glasses and 4 bordeaux stems from probably a dozen or more of each. Since it has become clear that breaking these things is an occupational hazard, any recommendations for good riedel quality (ie shape, and not too heavy/thick) stems that are not too expensive. Either in Boston or mail order. Thanks.

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  1. Did you have the Sommelier or the Vinum series? I gave up on the Sommelier due to the breakage/price ratio. I've recently gotten some great Vinum deals at Sherry Lehman in NYC, and they do ship.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Oh god, breaking a few dozen sommeliers would be the cost of a good bottle of Latour. No I bust the Vinum's like they're going otu of style. Even though they're only $6-$8 a stem, I get irritated b/c it seems they are always at risk. Between the granite counter top, the 900 lb la crueset, and the invariable cleaning stems at midnight after several bottles of wine, I have almost gone through 2 dz stems in the last 18 months. Hoping to fine a $3-5/stem alternative that won't irriate me as much (and possibly be a little more rugged). I do have 2 sauterne sommaliers for the special bottle of liquid gold, I love the shape of that glass.

      1. re: chefboyardee

        I leave the wine glasses for cleaning the morning *after* a party. And, I've discovered a great tool for cleaning them ... will try to find a link for you. I always lay down dishtowels on the counter before drying the glasses. Not sure how the Le Creuset factors in! I have had some Vinum breakage, but not at your rate. Seeing my Sommelier champagne flutes go down one by one was terribly sad - I think 3 of them were in the hands of one particularly flamboyant friend who after a drink or two had a tendency to gesticulate dramatically, glass in hand, then snap - there went the stem.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Cleaning brush - I have the one on the left, but the other two look useful too.

          Another trick that I use is not to dry them upside down - any water eventually evaporates. If I'm having a dinner party, I steam them inside using the kettle, then dry w/ a linen cloth - carefully.

        2. re: chefboyardee

          I feel your pain. Since we do multi-course meals, with at least one wine/course, and often 2-3, a dinner for 12 can fill all counter space with used glasses. Rather than face the prospect of doing them AFTER the wine and guests, I rinse, leave partially filled with water, then set up my wash line the next day - no parties on Sunday night, unless Monday is a holiday. I soak in vey warm water with StemShine, then rinse in warm water, then soak in warm water with a surfactant (AZ water is possibly the hardest in the US), then dry on racks, turning once, finishing with the bowl down. Last, polish each $^*#@^% glass and put back into the glassware cabinet. I can go on for hours, but in about 20 years, I have yet to break one. Oh, some DO get broken, but I'm still batting 100%. I know that my next post will be to get help on replacing the glasses, that I DO break after the next dinner party, as I have just jinxed myself. It's like thinking, on the 16th hole, "hey, this is the same ball that I started with!" We all know what happens next.


      2. Yeah, I feel your pain -- look too hard at a Riedel and they break. I've had great luck with Spieglau . . .

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        1. re: zin1953

          Have you tried the Tritan series from Schott Zweisel -- lead-free, titanium "infused" glass? Dishwasher safe. Much more durable than either Reidel or Spiegelau. Several places online to order these.

          1. re: z.pinhead

            The Tritans are excellent. Good design and very durable. I can't remember where online maybe ??) but they were $39.95 / 6.

            1. re: TonyO

              I've got some of these. So far, I haven't "tested" how break-resistant is (I'm sure that will happen naturally at some point). I have a friend who says she's broken about 5 or 6 of this sort of wine glass, though.

              1. re: will47

                We have yet to lose any including some hitting granite and other glasses. It is either luck or they really are durable. Maybe a bit of each ???

        2. Look at the Lenox Tuscany collection. Really good looking, excellent quality.
          Unfortunately this line is not made in the US but at least it's an American company which is why Jackie Kennedy chose Lenox for the White House which uses it as the official crystal as do all US Embassies abroad.
          There is a reasonable number of shapes of glasses - not as many specific ones as Riedel - but how many do you really need? Lenox also has a breakage guarantee and will replace what you break at half price.
          I got a couple dozen at a Lenox outlet and paid even less than the outlet price because they were having a major sale. I think my final price was less than $5 per stem.
          Wouldn't surprise me if there weren't an outlet store near you.

          1. Based on reccomendations from this site, I bought some Speiglau white wine glasses and love them! The ones I got were luckily on clearance at Target, but I think via amazon they are not bad at all and the quality is great.

            1. I keep a few boxes of Ikea wine glasses in red, white and sparkling on hand at all times, believing that the inherent nature of wine glasses is that they break. You can get some fairly "correct" shapes for red, white & sparkling and I like some of the designs. And the price, which obviously is not in the same category as Reidel!

              But my dh got me some of the new Mikasa "Open Up" series. We got sparkling, round, tannic, soft and sweet. They rock. The look takes some getting used to, but the glass formula actually has a not-breaking characteristic (read more at the link) that makes me less worried about actually *using* them. I don't put them in the dishwasher, but supposedly you can.


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              1. re: Mawrter

                The Ikea glasses are the bulk of what we've got here and we love them. Mawrter is entirely right about the description and you can't beat the price.