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May 22, 2007 09:27 PM

Crash! Wine glasses broken. Replacements?

Maybe it was stone floor...or some additional fits of clumsiness, but over the weekend we broke several large-globe red wine glasses and now are in sore need of replacements. Advice? What are the best buys in both high-end glasses *and* economical wine glasses that could be used for parties? Is Spiegelau even being made anymore since being purchased by Riedel? Ideas, websites, etc. Thanks, all.

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  1. Haven't bought in awhile but check out Amazon. They still have Spiegelau.

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    1. re: wally

      I bought some Spiegelau at Tuesday morning recently, on sale and marked down again. The price worked out to around $2.42 each, and they are beautiful.
      But, I am with one of the posters who commented about Ikea. For $1 each, who cares if they break. And, do check out HomeGoods, which is owned by TJ Maxx. I have seen some beautiful glasses there. You might also want to see if you have a Crate and Barrel outlet in your area. I bought some really nice wine glasses there as a gift around Christmas, I think they were around $3 each, marked down. This is an outlet, not the regular store; go to their website to see where the outlets are located.

      1. re: mschow

        I'll second the suggestion of your local TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods store. Mine has pretty consistently stocked some nice wine glasses from Boromocoli at about $14 for a set of six, which is about $2.50 each and they are much nicer than what IKEA sells.

        1. re: andytee

          "Boromocoli at about $14 for a set of six"

          sorry, I knew I was kinda off on the name so I checked - its Boromioli.

        2. re: mschow

          Both Ikea and a Crate & Barrel Outlet are near. Thanks for the leads.

          1. re: mschow

            yes, the ikea deal is something like $10-$12 for a box of 6 white, 6 red, and 6 small tumblers which are great for drinking red table wine, using as a small rocks glass, or doing huge juicy-juice shots--erm-- no, i've never done that. . . the glasses aren't riedels, but they all match, look elegant, and are all-around perfectly adequate-- they can stand up to a little abuse, and when they DO break, it's not grammas stemware. the coolest thing (besides the super-low price) about the set is the box they are packed in-- very compact, with a handle. i would rec getting several sets to anyone who throws parties-- just pack them back in the box and throw the whole shebang in the closet until next time. ***i don't work for ikea!*** then save your beautiful heirloom glasses for truly special occasions, & you can use worry-free ikea glassware daily, & throw them in the dishwasher, as we do.

            1. re: soupkitten

              I thought we were the only ones to use the ikea juice tumblers for red wine! So European country, great for quaffing house red and none have broken. Why ever use stemmed glass in the first place?

              1. re: neighborguy

                So that the heat from your hand doesn't heat up the wine.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  well, stemware makes sense when you're standing at a cocktail party in a loft with the a/c on, not so much when you're seated outside eating, talking, playing cards and enjoying the evening with your whole extended family--

                  i think me and neighborguy are thinking the same thing-- in most parts of europe, you're more likely to quaff your regular table red from a small tumbler, while eating family style, alfresco-- doesn't make sense to have stemware in this situation. i prefer a small tumbler or a nice rocks glass for my glass of red with dinner; i think it's nice to upgrade to heirloom stemware when doing a small party, but at home & daily, practicality rules for me!

            2. re: mschow

              I'm on my way to Tuesday Morning on Tuesday morning if they are still selling these wonderful glasses for a pittance!

          2. Target has some proprietary (I believe) Riedel. I espoused its virtues on another thread recently; basically its low-costish and good quality. We're especially fond of the decanter for $20. Most often, we use it with our stemwear from Ikea at about 95 cents a stem. Makes breakage a lot easier to take for day to day use.

            For the serious repalcements, though, the Target Riedel is a good deal.

            1. I cannot reccomend the Schott Zweisel Tritans strongly enough. The basic glasses are $8 or less and every bit as good as Reidel Vinums. For $12ish per glass, the Tritan Divas are my favorite all-purpose glasses -- and they look so cool, too. They also make a line that is about $35/glass which is every bit as good as the Reidel Sommeliers. The Tritans are titanium crystal and while they can break, they are much stronger than typical lead crystal. Plus, they are dishwasher safe. The more expensive line (I forget the name but I can find out) are not titanium crystal and is not dishwasher safe.

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                  1. re: maria lorraine

                    Be warned that the Tritan glasses are much more fragile than they make out. They're definitely more durable than Riedel, but I hand-wash my Tritan and one fell over while it was draining upside-down in the dish rack. It didn't land on anything other than the rubberized bottom of the rack, but the stem broke. I had only had them a couple weeks at the time. The other five are still in good shape.

                    Also, they're much cheaper here:


                    $40 for six glasses. They don't have the Diva line, but they do have the Forte glasses (which I have) and the Carat style.

                1. re: whiner

                  By the way, it seems as though Schott Zweisel may have disscontinued their Sommellier-like stems. In that case, for people looking for similar stems (that are just as nice) I reccomend the Ravenscroft Classics Grand Crus. (I've only tried the Grand Cru Burgundy and Bordeaux... I don't know that they make this line for other regions/varietals.) I don't actually own any of the 30oz+ bowl stems, I just use them when I go over to friends' houses... But just to let you know.

                  1. re: whiner

                    you're good, whiner. thanks for the effort. BTW, saw the Schott Zweisel line in the IWC catalog yesterday.

                2. You might try places like Marshall's, TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning. I bought some beautiful Villeroy & Boch wine glasses at T M for a song. But boy, the Schott Zweisel Tritans whiner posted about sound interesting, especially because they are dishwasher-safe! I like my pretty glasses but at the end of an evening I always wish I could pop them all in the dishwasher and go to bed.

                  1. I'm still hooked on Riedel, and have found great deals at:


                    Thinking about this subject more, I guess I've been avoiding having two sets of wine glasses - expensive ones and large party/everyday ones - partly out of storage issues. I have 2 dozen of the Riedel Vinum champagne flutes for parties, and then about 8-12 each of Pinot Noir, Cabernet, water and Chardonnay glasses, all Vinum, as well as some remaining Sommelier glasses from when I got married. To me, the cost of replacing occasional breakage makes up for spending money on a set of cheaper glasses, not to mention the space they would take up.

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                    1. re: MMRuth

                      Thanks for this, MMRuth. I understand about the storage issues. Sounds like you're all set in terms of glasses.

                      1. re: maria lorraine

                        Only thanks to a recent pre-party trip to Sherry Lehman - they had a good pre-moving sale on Riedel.