The 10 Best Wine Glasses for Every Occasion, According to Experts
If you've taken the time to carefully choose the right wines, make sure you're storing the bottles correctly, and pair them with your favorite foods, then the only thing left to do is find the best wine glasses to pour them into. Not only do glasses vary in appearance (some are more minimalist, while others are clearly statement pieces), but they also help round out your entire wine-drinking experience.
Since there are so many different wine glasses on the market, we talked to the experts to find out exactly what features to look for—and whether you really need separate glasses for reds and whites. The best overall wine glass is the Schott Zwiesel All-Purpose wine glass. Made from durable Tritan crystal, it's the ideal versatile glass that works for both elegant and casual settings. Read on for all of the best wine glass options, from stemless to Champagne styles, according to expert advice.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Schott Zwiesel Pure Collection All-Purpose Wine Glasses
- Best Value: Libbey Vineyard Reserve 12-Piece Wine Glass Set
- Best for Reds: Made In Red Wine Glass Set
- Best for Whites: Riedel Veritas Collection Wine Glasses
- Best Stemless: Riedel O Wine Tumbler
- Most Versatile: ″The One″ Wine Glass
- Best Crystal: Waterford Lismore Essence Goblet
- Best for Champagne: Riedel Performance Champagne Glass
- Best Expert Pick: Jancis Robinson The Perfect Wine Glass
- Best Splurge: Zalto Denk'Art Burgundy Wine Glass
Best Overall: Schott Zwiesel Pure Collection All-Purpose Wine Glasses
Best Value: Libbey Vineyard Reserve Wine Glass Set
Best for Reds: Made In Red Wine Glass
Best for Whites: Riedel Veritas Collection Wine Glasses
Best Stemless: Riedel O Wine Tumbler
Most Versatile: The One Wine Glass by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
Best Crystal: Waterford Lismore Essence Goblet
Best for Champagne: Riedel Performance Champagne Glass
Best Expert Pick: Jancis Robinson The Perfect Wine Glass
Best Splurge: Zalto Denk'Art Burgundy Wine Glass
At the end of the day, the best wine glass we recommend is Schott Zweisel's Pure Collection, the right balance of durability, aesthetic, and cost. If you're looking for an upgrade we suggest The Perfect Wine Glass by Jancis Robinson, a big investment but a gorgeous addition to a serious wine lover's home bar.
Factors to Consider
"Aromas play a pivotal role in the wine you're drinking, so choosing the right glass to get the most of the wine is an important step," says Joel Gott, founder of Joel Gott Wines. "At a basic level, reds usually have a wide top bowl and whites a narrower top bowl. After that, a variety of intricacies of the wine come into play, including thickness of the glass, curve of the bowl, [and] stem of the glass."
If you typically go for full-bodied red wines (which benefit from the air exposure of wider bowls), Gott recommends filling "your cabinet with a traditional long-stem red wine glass, since these wines tend to have more tannins." On the other hand, he says fans of white wine should go for a narrower bowl (like a Chardonnay wine glass) "to avoid losing any of the flavor details of the wine."
It makes sense to buy red- or white-specific glasses if you always stock your wine fridge with the same type of wine. But for something more versatile, experts recommend stocking up on multipurpose wine glasses that work well with reds and whites.
"Universal and all-purpose wine glasses are a great choice if you are new to drinking wine, don't have the space in your home or apartment to store separate glasses, or are just looking to save money in that department," Gott says. "While drinking out of a specific glass for each type of wine can bring out the best experience and flavor in each, it is by no means necessary. You should choose a glass that makes wine taste great for you."
One more thing to keep in mind: When shopping for wine glasses, you might find some labeled as glass and others as crystal and wonder what the difference is. Even though seeing something labeled as crystal glass used to mean it was made with lead, nowadays many brands offer lead-free crystal wine glasses. But the truth is that the main difference between crystal and glass is cost, according to our Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle. "It doesn't matter in terms of tasting," he says.
This article was written by Amina Lake Abdelrahman, a commerce editor with nearly four years of experience writing about home products. Many of our recommendations come from Ray Isle, the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine and the Wine & Spirits Editor for Travel + Leisure. He writes Food & Wine's monthly "Bottle Service" column and contributes regular print and online features about wine, spirits, and wine-related travel to both brands. Also included in our expert panel are Joel Gott (founder of Joel Gott Wines), James Hall (winemaker at Patz & Hall), and Ian Cauble (master sommelier and founder of SommSelect).