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Italian Wine Glasses?

variaas Sep 1, 2008 09:13 PM

Does anyone know where to find the small wine glasses that is used to serve table wine? It's not your common wine glass with a stem, but just a small glass. I'm having trouble finding the right kind.

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    Brad Ballinger Sep 2, 2008 08:28 AM

    If you go to the Sur La Table web site, you will find a version of the small tumblers you are seeking. They feature a line in the middle of the glass with the word "Optimista" above the line and "Pessimista" below the line.

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      emi50 Sep 2, 2008 08:27 PM

      Ikea! I don't remember the exact price, but they were ridiculously low-cost, allowing me to get 30 of them so I never have to do plastic. I think they were something like 6 for $5. They are exactly what you are looking for. They are sturdy and attractive and "Old World."

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        Bill Hunt Sep 2, 2008 08:36 PM

        Though "traditional," it would be interesting to see how the same wines fared in these, vs a Riedel Vinum. Just curious.


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          ChefJune Mar 1, 2012 08:52 AM

          <re: emi50 Though "traditional," it would be interesting to see how the same wines fared in these, vs a Riedel Vinum. Just curious.>

          We've tried it, Hunt. Can you guess the answer?

          (The wine doesn't taste nearly as good in those tumblers when you're not in a trattoria in Italy!)

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            Bill Hunt Mar 2, 2012 06:29 PM

            That would have been my "guess," and after tasting some "known" wines in/around Rome, that was my impression. However, I never have had the benefit of an A-B test, so did not know for sure.

            Though Riedel might take it to an extreme, over the decades, I have done some A-B-C tastings, and am still impressed. Do they market more glasses, than is necessary for mere winos, like me? Yes, BUT the stemware can make a difference.

            Thank you for you input, as I value your observations.


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              bob96 Mar 3, 2012 08:08 PM

              Bill, Crate and Barrel carries the Duralex (France) tumblers that have been a fixture of cantinas and trattorias and films about cantinas and trattorias in Italian life for eons. I've got a bunch, bought for practically nothing on the Italian Arthur Ave of the Bronx. Indestructible. Feel like a Marcel Pagnol character.

      2. variaas Sep 25, 2008 08:05 AM

        Thanks all!

        Sur La Table - a little too modern for my taste

        Ikea - haven't found the glass yet, but I'll check it out the next time I go

        I found a glass I like on Amazon (link below) but they sell it by the case, so 36 glasses. Anyone want to go in on some glasses? :)


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          gryphonskeeper Sep 27, 2008 02:34 PM

          Those are very small "on the rocks" glasses that most bars use for a standard shot on the rocks or a "double" or "mixed" shot such as a kamikazie. Those are not in any way shape or form a wine glass.

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            souvenir Oct 1, 2008 10:20 AM

            I had the Gibraltar glasses in various sizes and the lip is very thick. Actually the whole glass is weighty and clunky-feeling, IMO. I gave the whole set to a younger relative moving into her first house. I have the Picardie series as well and like the feel of it much better.

            Here are a few other options you might want to check out:

            I brought a smaller version of this shape of wine tumbler back from France a couple of years ago and use them often. Some have no writing on them, some say "Vin". Perhaps someone else has seen them sold in the US? Here's one link (I know nothing about this company, was just looking for an example of the glass):

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              surfgirl Mar 1, 2012 07:46 AM

              Im looking of short wine glasses also that say Vin on them......same thing. I think they are French not Italian? Let me know if you find them?

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                souvenir Mar 1, 2012 11:19 AM

                Mine are several years old now. I bought some of them in France and some in California.

                I just google'd and found this site,
                that may have some, though this is way more per glass than I spent.

                These look like the same or very similar glass without the "Vin" on them,

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                  surfgirl Mar 1, 2012 12:50 PM

                  Thank you!
                  Thats what I wanted :)

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                    souvenir Mar 1, 2012 01:52 PM


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              rindinella_k Sep 29, 2008 03:54 AM

              Personally I would go with either of these. I think that the second ones are more old world traditional.



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                bulavinaka Sep 29, 2008 05:00 PM

                We picked up six of the REKO glasses about four months ago - we're down to four. While they're a handy size, they do break easily, as we've found to be the case with IKEA glassware in general. But hey, they're cheap, so just by more...

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                  surfgirl Mar 1, 2012 07:47 AM

                  I also bought a dozen of these and they were great but I only have 4 left too. Funny....

              2. maria lorraine Oct 2, 2008 10:09 PM

                Oh, please. These glasses are cheap. Just go to a restaurant supply store and buy some 8 oz. juice glasses. About 75 cents apiece. That's what the Italian restos use.

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                  CocoaNut Jun 2, 2012 02:03 PM

                  +1 on resto supply

                  When I see these used on TV, it puts me in mind of the marketing ploy back in the 50s-60s when jelly came in clear, sturdy jars that became drinking glasses when the jelly was gone. Varying sizes.

                  But I've been looking for them also which is why I landed here 4 yrs later.

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                  capacitorhead May 27, 2009 01:24 PM

                  try these Siena glasses from Williams Sonoma (the 2.5 oz size)
                  these from Salut Wine in Vancouver, Wa
                  hope this helps

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                    babaganoushface May 29, 2009 07:14 AM

                    go to fishes eddy...

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                      mc22000 Nov 16, 2009 05:50 PM

                      There are some in the Sundance catalog. A set of 6. Handblown from recycled wine bttles. I bought them and love them, as do my friends.

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                        Ninafel Nov 18, 2011 06:44 PM

                        I think you're talking about "PIcardie" glasses,developed in the 1930s. Picardie glasses were the first use of tempered glass, and they're very sturdy. I found some on Amazon. The listing is: "Duralex Picardie 3-3/4-Ounce Clear Tumbler, Set of 6" for $15.37. w/free shipping on orders over $25. You can just to go straight to Amazon to get them, or, if you search for and purchase items using the affiliate box at my site, http://www.ninafeldman.com/resources, you'll contribute to a little fund that I set aside to give to the homeless—at no extra cost to you. (It takes you to your regular account on Amazon but your purchase counts towards my affiliation).

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