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Feb 12, 2013 01:26 PM

All Purpose Wine Glass, or at least, one for red and one for white.

I've been looking around for an all-purpose wine glass, crystal, non-ISO conformity (I've got plenty of ISO wine tasting glasses)...

In your experience, do you have any recommendations or disappointments (beyond the leaky glass jokes)...?

Price is not really a factor, because expenses can be amortized over just multiples of the same glass and saving on storage....

Dishwasher friendly? Non-tippable or shatterproof?

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  1. I'm fond of the Schott Zwiesel glasses -- titanium crystal, very dishwasher friendly, feels stable because the stem is not overly long. Nice enough to use for guests, but not so expensive that you're afraid to lose a few over time. The Forte line wine/water goblet is my favourite all purpose glass. Looks like this:

    Fortessa is the local distributor:

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        I concur on Schott Zwiesel Tritan Forte glasses. Certainly the most dishwasher-friendly crystal wine glasses I've used, and have a nice feel, with thin rims. I have bought a slightly smaller style than the one TorontoJo links to for an all-purpose glass, this one:

      2. Hi, DT:

        You're going to get much different answers here than you will on the Wine board. You might want to search that board.

        Personally, for everyday stems, I like the Luigi Bormioli Symphony line. Thin, nearly rimless, shatter-resistant, and guaranteed to survive 400 DW cycles. COSTCO carries the 20 oz/59 dl "Chardonnay" at a bargain price (8 for $24), but IMO this stem is far too large for white wines, and still too large for most reds. I think a Symphony in the 14 oz. range (available, but higher priced) is a great all-purpose stem.

        I also like the Reidels that are marketed to wineries, restos and wine shops. They tend to have shorter stems, and average about $15 each when you buy case lots.


        1. Although it's not recommended by the company, I put Riedels through the dishwasher all the time with no ill effects after years of doing this. The Riesling glass is good for whites and many reds and is the choice if you go for a single style. Adding the Bordeaux will give you great options for reds and whites.
          The Vinum range is a tiny bit delicate, while I think the range mentioned by Kaleo is a bit more robust.

          1. I got large red and medium sized whites, non-lead, at PB, but I usually reach for the generic Italian cheapos from World Market or Duralex juice glasses, both of which are tough.

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            1. re: tim irvine

              The crystal glasses I have are lead - an inheritance. I'm not worried about them because I use them no more than once or twice a year. Since my studies/research in Europe (Italy and France), I'm really won over to Duralex Picardie gobelets - wouldn't call them "juice glasses" as they are every bit as traditional for wine as for unfermented juice.

              They make me happy. Though at some point I'll get a small set of glasses better suited to tasting really fine wines - though not oversized; I hate overly large glasses - people break them when conversing too enthusiastically, with their hands. And no long stems.