Choosing wine glasses has become almost as complicated as selecting a wine. Stemware options have exploded in the last few years, adding to what already can be an intimidating and perplexing process. As Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year 2014 Charles Smith famously quipped, “It’s wine. Just drink it.” Yet Maximilian Riedel, the 11th generation Riedel glassmaker, said, “There is so much more to wine than a price and a good looking bottle; you need to have the right tools as well.”
Expert opinions aside, we all might concede that on a special occasion, nothing beats the melodic ring of fine mouth-blown crystal glasses clinked together in a toast. Before you pick out a set of wine glasses, ask yourself what you want from them. These hints from our friends at Riedel Crystal and Laithwaites Wine (host of Frontgate Wine) will help.