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Wine can give you a headache, and we’re not talking about hangovers from one too many pours. Knowing what you’re sipping on is a science, but so too is finding the right wine glass that will make whatever’s in the bottle taste that much better.
Generally speaking, the width of the bowl affects how much of the wine is exposed to the air and how much of its aroma is exposed to your nose. Up top, the thickness of the rim affects how the wine flows onto your tongue as you sip. Thinner rims allow for a smoother flow, while thicker rims emphasize a wine’s acidity.
From red wine glasses to white wine glasses and all those in between, we’ve done a lot of the decision-making for you. And if it’s still all too overwhelming, we’ve also rounded up the best all-purpose and universal wine glasses to help you keep things simple. With these picks, your wine glass shopping ends here.
Here, the best wine glasses.
This 16-ounce wine glass set has a lot going for it! From Merlot to Riesling to rosé, these wine glasses are designed to emphasize a variety of wines thanks to an elegant bowl-shape that helps enhance the aroma and flavor of whatever you choose to pour. But their versatility doesn’t stop here—these wine glasses are also perfect to whip out for any occasion, whether you’re throwing a party or having dinner for two.
Plus, thinner walls balance strength and clarity while a laser-cut rim is chip-resistant, meaning these wine glasses promise to hold up—even in the dishwasher. That’s not to mention they’re BPA- and lead-free, making them chemical-free.
If any wine glass proves that you don’t have to drop a ton of money to get the best drinking experience, it’s AmazonBasics’ all-purpose set of four. It's a budget pick that really gives you your money’s worth. A 19-ounce glass with a gently curved bowl allows for plenty of room to swirl generous portions of Zinfandel, Verdejo, or whatever your wine of the night may be (although white wine lovers will be happy to know it works particularly well with their favorites!). A flat round base also lends the glass stability.
But its magic lies in more than its design—this wine glass also has style. Made of lead-free soda ash glass, an elongated stem gives the glass a nice sound when clinking it for a toast. Its only downside is that the glass may break if under a striking temperature difference, but it does come with a one-year warranty.
We can see these wine glasses being used for everything from a girls’ night to dinner with the in-laws. No one will be able to tell you got them for such a bargain!
Who says that your stemware has to be made from clear crystal or glass? With a custom set from Estelle Colored Glass, you can choose between vintage-inspired pastels and bold jewel tones like lavender, amethyst, cobalt blue, mint green, and blush pink. If you can't choose a single color, no worries—each set of six 16.5-ounce glasses is fully customizable.
Each of Estelle's heirloom-quality commissioned pieces is handblown by artisans in Poland. And the company itself was founded by Stephanie Summerson Hall who was inspired by her grandmother Estelle's colorful collection which was sourced from small shops in South Carolina. If you can't get enough of Hall's colorful stemware, there's more to see in the form of champagne coupes, stemless glasses, and even cake stands. Her pieces also make great wedding and housewarming gifts.
You have your everyday wine glasses, and then you have your special occasion wine glasses. This Waterford set of two is the latter. Elegant without being too formal, this duo is perfect to break out for a dinner party or anniversary night.
Made of lead crystal, it features the Lismore collection’s signature dazzling diamond and wedge cut design for a look that’s traditional meets contemporary. A light wall and thin stem create a slender profile that retains brilliance and clarity, working to enhance both red and white wines. So go ahead and pour a pinot noir or pinot grigio, because this pair of wine glasses will make either option taste good.
They may be a bit on the pricier side, but you won’t regret the splurge once you see them sparkling in your wine cabinet—or gift them to one of your closest friends for her wedding.
For full-bodied reds, the general rule of wine glass thumb is the wider the better. Wide bowls expose more wine to the air, enhancing the aromas, and they help aerate the wine, releasing flavor—perfect for the bolder and bitter notes of heavier red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon that are high in tannins. A larger bowl with height allows the tannins to soften by creating more distance between you and the wine. Also look for a wide opening, which tends to make heavy red wines taste smoother.
Over 10 inches in height, this crystal Riedel wine glass is designed to enhance the textures of any bold wine from the Bordeaux region. It has a large bowl that full-bodied reds need for ideal breathing space (and room for aromas to develop). Meanwhile, its rim is designed to send the wine towards the front of your palate, blending acidity and tannins.
Because white wines are more delicate than reds, they warrant a narrower bowl and rim that preserve subtle aromas and send them directly to your nose. A smaller glass also helps maintain a cooler temperature and express more acidity, with the exception of full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay and orange wines. Here, a wider bowl and narrower rim concentrate aromas while maximizing aeration, better delivering a creamy texture.
Inspired by the vineyards of Italy’s Tuscan countryside, this set of four 12-ounce crystal glasses are made to bring out the best in classic white wines. An understated base accentuates your pour while keeping everything crisp and fresh. They look fancy and will be sure to impress your guests, but even more impressive is their budget-friendly price tag. Bonus: they’re break-resistant and can be thrown in the dishwasher for a quick clean-up.
Rosé often gets overlooked in the quest for the perfect wine glass. Wine experts debate whether the pink needs a glass of its own, but there are certainly several options out there that prove that it does. We think rosé deserves proper attention! Instead of letting it slosh around a plastic cup this summer, let it bask in its own designated wine glass that works to keep things fresh.
Riedel’s version features a long, thin stem, wide angular bowl, and narrow opening, giving the illusion of a diamond shape. The bowl allows for aromas to develop, while the smaller rim concentrates those aromas and heightens the taste of sweetness by directing it to the tip of the tongue. The glass ultimately works to intensify the fruity and floral flavors of rosé while downplaying its acidity, making it perfect for dryer rosés.
When it comes to sparkling wine, it’s all about making that bubbly pop. Since sparkling wine typically loses its fizz once it’s exposed to oxygen, you’ll need a narrow flute to preserve it for as long as possible. The shape heightens fruity aromas while keeping the effervescence fresh.
Schott Zweisel’s Modo crystal flute does just that with a slender design and cylindrical bowl that puts a mid-century spin on the classic Champagne flute. Schott Zweisel is known for its Tritan crystal, which means you won’t have to worry about chipping the flute as you pull it out of the wine rack or scratching it while you wash it. This set of four is also BPA-free, giving it an eco-friendly bonus.
We can easily envision these stunners adding a modern touch to the dinner table or looking elegantly posh in your hand as you call for a toast.
Whether it’s tiramisu or a chocolate fudge sundae, the best post-dinner delights are always rich, and it’s no different when it comes to dessert wine. Because they tend to be higher in alcohol content, dessert wines like port are best sipped from a smaller glass. The wine glass should be tall enough for a good swirl to release those heavy aromas, but narrow enough at the top to concentrate said aromas. These glasses are typically designed to send wine directly down the mouth in a way that will deliver just the right amount of sweetness.
Riedel’s 8.5-ounce port glasses are crafted the way any good dessert wine glass should be, with a slender bowl and narrow mouth that minimizes a higher alcohol content while balancing fruity flavors and acidity while maximizing the overall finish. That’s not to mention their elegantly stylish look, which you can elevate with a timeless monogram.
Sometimes, the best occasion to have a nice glass of wine is no occasion at all. We’re thinking poolside days, picnics in the park, or summer barbecues. But you don’t want to ruin these luxuries with worries over a spilled and broken glass that can quickly become a hazard zone.
There are a few unbreakable wine glass options for outdoor soirees, from plastic to metallic glasses, but we like this BPA-free acrylic stemless wine glass the best. It just so happens to be two of our favorite things: effective and affordable. It’s casual, durable, and shatter-proof while managing a level sophistication that cheap plastic wine cups could never achieve. They feel like real glass without having the dangers of one. And because they’re stemless, they’re that much easier to set down on uneven surfaces like an outdoor table or bed of grass. So go ahead and break them out for a night of stargazing or dinner on the patio.
The stemmed versus stemless debate is all a matter of formality, so your preference may be most dependent on the occasion. Stemmed wine glasses are often associated with a more upscale vibe like a dinner party, whereas stemless wine glasses are more casual—think grilling out on the porch or any other outdoor affair.
It’s worth noting that your hand can increase the temperature of the wine in a stemless glass since it’ll be holding the bowl, making stemless wine glasses not as preferable for chilled wines such as whites or rosés. Another downside of holding stemless wine glasses is that they become smudged more easily, so they quickly lose their polish. That’s not to say stemless wine glasses aren’t suitable; it really all boils down to personal taste.
We like this CB2 option made from hand-cut glass for its full bowl and cool-cut rim. It suits any choice of wine, or even juice or water if you like! The best part is that they’re dishwasher-safe, so you won’t have to put any extra work into cleaning off those smudges.