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Oct 16, 2008 12:04 AM

Decent stemware in bulk on a budget

I'm looking for some decent stemware in somewhat large quantities - 40 -100. I'm planning on doing food and wine tastings with a sommelier and I'm looking for something nice that isn't going to cost me Riedel prices. Any ideas?

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  1. My opinion: Schott Zwiesel "Tritan". Schott makes industrial safety glass and they have a formulation that makes the glasses lighter and more durable - we've had them for years and put them through the dishwasher (Siemens) on glass mode (short wash, 35C (95F) minimum detergent) and they don't cloud.

    1. If you have a Costco near you, they have knockoffs that are pretty sturdy and enhance your wine pretty well. I think they cost about 1/2 as much as the basic Riedel. THey can go through the dishwasher, also.

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      1. re: vickib

        I got a great set of 18 wine glasses at the Costco in Salem, Oregon for $19.99. They are nice tall balloon glass that is perfect for red wine. They seem a little light and might break easily buy hey, I got 18 for under 20 bucks.

      2. We have Riedel Vinum, Tritan and some of the better Costco glasses. I think the Reidels break on their own just to vex you. The Tritans bounce where the Costcos break. At about $9 per glass, the Tritans longevity make them the cheapest in the long run, IMO.

        1. >>>My opinion: Schott Zwiesel "Tritan"<<<


          The Forte series is under $10/glass and at least as good, if not BETTER, than the Riedel Vinums, imo.

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          1. re: whiner

            I have broken 5 glasses in my drinking lifetime. 4 were Riedel glasses - their lovely but delicate Sommelier line.

            Twice I laughed at a joke, set down my glass, and then looked in wonderment as the base detached from the stem. One broke during a toast, and the last one when washing by hand.

            I now regard Riedels with positive trepidation every time I handle one. Their Vinum is ok, but I'm not paying for their brand name. The Schott Zwiesel Tritans are really, really durable. Light too!

            So nowadays, we look at the Riedel wine aroma chart and then find the Tritan glass that matches best if we go glass shopping.

            PS: If any of you decide to go to Kufstein to Riedel in Austria to buy the glasses, be aware that you won't get it cheaper unless you go to the hall that sells defects.

          2. I think the Spieglau line is comparable to Riedel Vinum, and seems somehow a little more durable. I think the 'Cabernet/Zinfandel' is a great all-around glass at around $9 a stem. I do, however, like the Riedel shape a little more for Champagne and Burgundy.