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vvv03 Nov 16, 2013 06:14 PM

We just broke yet another of our Spiegelau wine glasses and this is from our second order of them in a couple of years. We don't put them in the dishwasher and we're not brutes, but they just seem to break very easily for us. I need to order new glasses and this time I'd like to go a little less expensive. Not that Spiegelau is really pricey, but if they're going to break anyway, I'd rather buy a whole lot and not sweat it. I just don't want them to be too thick and clunky and, well, really cheap looking. Any suggestions?

  1. JayL Nov 16, 2013 06:38 PM

    Homegoods or similar...

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      bulavinaka Nov 16, 2013 06:51 PM

      Our local Costco has been carrying wine glasses. I don't recall the prices but these were in the range that I'd personally shrug and think, "Oh well..." if these broke.

      My son just broke a Spiegelau today, so my next trip to Costco will include a box of those wine glasses.

      1. girloftheworld Nov 16, 2013 06:56 PM

        world market... has party packs of wine glasses very inexpensive. I use them for my catering.

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          Kalivs Nov 16, 2013 10:03 PM

          We got 150 wine glasses at world market because both my brothers got married this year. With a coupon & 50% off, they were less than $4 a piece. Great deal

          1. Melanie Wong Nov 16, 2013 10:12 PM

            Several threads on the Wine board about all kinds of wine glasses. You might want to look into Tritans, more here with multi-year follow-up,

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              The Loaf Nov 17, 2013 01:56 AM

              Yes, we have been using the Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Forte glasses for the last several years. Wine/water @ 17.3 oz. They (for us, anyway) seem to be a good size for both red & white. Mind you, we're not picky. But they have held up pretty well. We've broken a few--after all, they aren't made made out of steel, but pretty durable, and they do go in the dish washer. The only quibble is that if you leave a bit of red in the bottom overnight, which happens quite often in our house, it can settle in there and be a bit hard to scrub out. Probably true of any glass. But generally, we're happy with them and will order more when we break another or two.

              1. kaleokahu Nov 17, 2013 09:26 AM

                Hi, vvv03:

                COSTCO sometimes carries Luigi Bormioli "Symphony" stems, 8 for $24. They have nice thin rims and a good shape. Guaranteed for 400 DW cycles, and very break-resistant.


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                  pine time Nov 17, 2013 12:34 PM

                  Ikea for everyday wine glasses--unbeatable.

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                  1. re: pine time
                    tcamp Nov 17, 2013 01:12 PM

                    That's where we get ours. Love 'em.

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                    ppllkk Nov 18, 2013 09:33 AM

                    I am happy to hear that I am not the only one who routinely breaks wineglasses.

                    I got some that I like from Crate & Barrel on the web recently, and you might look there.

                    1. LaureltQ Nov 18, 2013 09:37 AM

                      I got a 12 pack of Libbeys at Costco Business Center for about $15 a couple years ago. And strangely enough, right after I bought them, I stopped breaking wine glasses! I run mine through the dishwasher too. They certainly don't look expensive, but they work fine, and don't look terribly cheap to me either.

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                      1. re: LaureltQ
                        ppllkk Nov 18, 2013 10:07 AM

                        Maybe the trick is to buy a lifetime supply, and then you stop breaking them. That does fit in with my view of the way things happen.

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                          LaureltQ Nov 18, 2013 10:52 AM

                          We have some cheap little tumblers from Ikea with a neat pattern on them. I had a dozen of them for well over a year that we use as daily glasses (and I use for wine most nights). I had family over and 3 of them got broken in strange ways. Went to Ikea the next weekend to buy another few boxes before the pattern got discontinued, and it had been discontinued. :(

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                        pine time Nov 19, 2013 07:52 AM

                        I also scour thrift stores for unusual, pretty barware, from cordial glasses to wine glasses to beer steins. While I've never gotten a whole set, I mix 'em up--guests can more easily identify "their" glass, with no need for those silly wine charms.

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