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Sep 3, 2008 03:43 AM

soap or no soap to wash wine glasses

My friend told me that her husband washes their good wine glasses with hot water only, never any soap; a wine snob friend of his told him to do that. That friend has been known to return glasses in high end restaurants if he detects a soap smell, which no one detects but him.

how do you get your glasses spotless ?

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  1. I just rinse under very hot tap water, let them sit for a couple of minutes to airdry, then wipe/polish with a lint-free towel.

    1. Dishwasher.

      Spiegelaus, Riedel Vinum / Vinum Extreme, Schott Zwiesel Tritans (I use the Divas) all are dishwasher safe.

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      1. re: whiner

        NEVER put good wine glasses in the dishwasher. I learned this selling china years ago. The rims cannot stand up to the water pressure, and if the bowl is not well connected to the stem, they can break. Wash good glasses by hand. The thicker, rustic ones are okay to dish-wash.

        1. re: brendastarlet

          I agree - I have a selection of both Riedel Sommelier and Vinum. For a while, I put some of the vinum water glasses in the dishwasher, but after a couple of them breaking in there, I stopped.

          We use soap & water, as well as a goblet cleaning brush (sort of foamish) to wash them, then rinse very well in hot water, and dry "right side up" so to speak.

          A tip I got from a woman who used to clean my apartment who also worked in a hotel was to fill the glasses with steam from a kettle, and then dry with a linen cloth to get them completely spotless, and I do do that now before dinner parties.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Even with a "commercial" dishwasher, that is "supposed" to handle fine crystal stemware, I cannot do it. I don't trust even this special dishwasher. I do the hand-wash for my Riedel Vinums and my Sommelier glasses. To date, I have lost one in 15 years, and that was a Vinum "Burg balloon," that cracked when my poor wife was doing the initial rinse. Gotta' be a flaw in that stem.


      2. For spotless results, gotta go with hand washing.

        Use super hot water, a soft brush and be careful as you gently clean the bowl, rim etc.

        Then, using a spray bottle, spray the glass with distilled water and gently dry with a lint free towel.

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        1. re: vinosnob

          Then, if you live in AZ (they do not call it the Salt River for nothing), you can run the glasses over a tea kettle and let the steam dissolve the spots. Even with surfactants, we get these danged things, and if a quick pass of a micro-fibre cloth does not take 'em out, the steam will.


        2. I agree with Whiner that Spiegelau and Riedel glasses (I have both) are dishwasher safe, but -- like Dan G -- I (typically) use very hot water, air-dry, and use a lint-free towel. I will use soap to remove lipstick, etc., if necessary.

          The glasses which DO go into the dishwasher are my "party" wine glasses which are made by Luminarc.

          The issue with high-end wine glasses is, for me, not so much as to whether or not they are "dishwasher safe," but what else in the dishwasher will "bank" into the wine glasses and break them! If I had the sort of wine glass tray (where each glass is in its own "container" (think about a cardboard case of wine in which t he bottles are stored vertically) used in commercial dishwashers, I'd run the glasses through the dishwasher.


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          1. re: zin1953

            For that danged lipstick, I have a couple of foam "brushes," that do a great job. I know, it looks so lovely on the ladies at the table, but is heck on the glasses. I do not leave it on overnight. Next AM, I use these brushes again, with the Stemshine.


          2. First choice is hot water and soft cloth. Reality is lipstick, which requires soap.

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            1. re: Veggo

              Not sure why, but the sight of lipstick on a wine glass makes me feel intensely and strangely uncomfortable. Repressed memory maybe.

              1. re: The Chemist

                Are you referring to lipstick on a wineglass before it is washed?

                  1. re: The Chemist

                    At a wine dinner, it just happens. It is not easy to deal with, but is part of the price that we pay for having the charming and lovely ladies at the event. To me, it's a small price to pay and I do so gladly!