The 10 Best Wine Glasses for Every Occasion, According to Experts

Including red, white, and universal glass sets, like our top pick, the Schott Zwiesel Pure Collection.

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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

schott zwiesel tritan crystal glass stemware
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Also available at Williams Sonoma.

Pros: A quality set for a good price with a sturdy construction and elegant appearance.

Cons: Not as delicate as high-end glass styles, also fewer varietal options.

Ask any regular wine drinker about glasses and they'll bring up Schott Zwiesel as the most reliable and consistent brand. The German brand has been making quality glassware since 1872. These all-purpose wine glasses are a popular choice for both reds and whites. They're made with lead-free Tritan crystal glass and are dishwasher-safe, which makes them great for everyday use. The brand strikes the perfect balance between elegance and approachability in a wine glass, and also are fairly affordable for the quality.

  • Capacity: 18.2 ounces
  • Material: Tritan crystal glass
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $55 for a set of 6

Best Value: Libbey Vineyard Reserve Wine Glass Set

libbey vineyard reserve 12 piece wine glass party set
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Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Pros: For a starter bar, a set of six in each style is a great value and fits in most kitchen styles.

Cons: The glass isn't as durable as some higher-end styles, and the set is difficult to add to without buying a second full set.

If you're looking for the most budget-friendly option, order this set of 12 wine glasses from Libbey, a brand that is a major producer of restaurant glassware (hotel owners even swear by it). It comes with six glasses that work for various white wines and six glasses designed for various reds. At less than $4 each, this affordable wine glass set is an incredibly great value, whether for stocking your first apartment or hosting a wine-tasting party.

  • Capacity: 18 ounces; 19.7 ounces
  • Material: Glass
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $40 for a set of 12

RELATED: The 8 Best Stemless Wine Glasses

Best for Reds: Made In Red Wine Glass

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Pros: A lightweight, bigger glass great for swirling full-bodied red wines.

Cons: The handmade nature will have natural variations, and the size might be too big for some tastes.

Made In's glasses are hand-blown in Italy and free of heavy metals. The steams are titanium-treated to resist breakage, and the glasses are dishwasher-friendly which is great for cleanup after dinner parties and cocktail events. They're hardy enough to feel appropriate for casual evenings but look elegant on any holiday table as well. The red glass's 23-ounce capacity leaves plenty of room for swirling and the slightly narrowed top makes the perfect experience for wine aromatics as you sip.

  • Capacity: 23.75 ounces
  • Material: Titanium-reinforced glass
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $69 for a set of 4

Best for Whites: Riedel Veritas Collection Wine Glasses

riedel veritas oaked chardonnay glass
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Also available at Williams Sonoma.

Pros: Lightweight and type-specific to enhance your favorite wines.

Cons: Not universal so best for homes with plenty of space or limited grape interests.

Universal wine glasses work perfectly fine for most white wines, but if you always lean toward a specific type, opt for one of Riedel's varietal-specific wine glasses. The collection is complete with high-quality glasses designed to accentuate the flavors of oaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and more—there are even options for Champagne, beer, and a variety of reds. Each glass is well-made and lightweight, and feels like a feather in the hand. Just keep in mind that the average person probably doesn't need to invest in so many types in order to enjoy their wine—F&W Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle notes that there's no major need to have a different wine glass for every type of grape.

  • Capacity: 21 ounces
  • Material: Crystal glass
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $69 for a set of 2

Best Stemless: Riedel O Wine Tumbler

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Also available at Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma.

Pros: No stem to worry about while washing, and the thin glass has a high-end feel while drinking.

Cons: Thin glass means a drop could spell disaster, and some wine drinkers might not love a stemless glass.

These stemless wine glasses by Riedel are a great alternative to traditional glasses, and they're one of Isle's top picks. The glass is sturdy and they still look elegant as a set without stems (even if they simply have soda or water in them). These glasses are great for red wines with complex profiles, and can be cleaned easily in the dishwasher after use.

  • Capacity: 21 ounces
  • Material: Fine crystal glass
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $52 for a set of 4

Most Versatile: The One Wine Glass by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson

The One Wine Glass
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Pros: Designed to work with every white wine variety, and the one-piece construction makes it one of the most durable glasses on the market.

Cons: Has smaller capacity that won't be ideal for heavy pours, and isn't great for full-bodied red styles.

Designed by master sommelier Andrea Robinson, "The One" wine glass is another expert-approved option that's praised for its versatility. "If I had to pick one glass for everything I would use Andrea Robinson's 'The One,'" says James Hall, winemaker at Patz & Hall. It's meant for all types of whites—there's also a slightly larger glass for reds—but Hall still calls it "the best glass [for] big tastings" because he says it works with both reds and whites. "This is what I use at parties when there are many different wines and it's not practical to have multiple glasses," he adds.

  • Capacity: 15.5 ounces
  • Material: Lead-free crystal glass
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $33 for a set of 2

Best Crystal: Waterford Lismore Essence Goblet

Performance Champagne Glass, Set of 2
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Also available at Williams Sonoma.

Pros: Historic style, beautiful appearance, and quality construction from a renowned brand.

Cons: Must be hand-washed and is heavier than other wine glasses.

If you're looking for high-quality crystal, opt for Waterford's gorgeous wine glasses. "Waterford makes lovely crystal glasses, though they cost [a lot]," Isle says. Each glass has an elegant design featuring the brand's popular Lismore pattern that's been around since 1952. The rounder bowl and slim stem is an update to the usually thicker Waterford style. The leaded glass is carefully crafted and cut by hand, and the intricate design gives a special touch to any table setting.

  • Capacity: 19 ounces
  • Material: Leaded crystal glass
  • Dishwasher-safe: No
  • Price at time of publish: $150 for a set of 2

Best for Champagne: Riedel Performance Champagne Glass

Performance Champagne Glass, Set of 2
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Also available at Nordstrom and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Pros: Fine crystal will last longer than standard glass styles, and the shape is built to enhance the aromatics of sparkling wines.

Cons: They're more expensive and less versatile than other styles.

"The traditional 'flute' glasses you think of for champagne actually aren't the best options," says Ian Cauble, master sommelier and founder of SommSelect. He notes that flutes are "too thin to get the full aromatic experience," which can affect the overall taste. "For a very good stem that still reserves the nostalgia of the Champagne flute and is very durable, the evolved Riedel Champagne stem is an excellent choice," says Cauble. The glasses have more of an egg-shaped design compared to flutes, a design that's both elegant and striking all at once. The fine crystal is beautiful but also more durable than low-end glass options, and the effect on aromatics alone makes these glasses a treasure for sparkling wine lovers.

  • Capacity: 13 ounces
  • Material: Fine crystal
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $60 for a set of 2

Best Expert Pick: Jancis Robinson The Perfect Wine Glass

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Also available at Verishop.

Pros: The versatile shape will work for multiple grape varieties, and the dishwasher is recommended for cleaning.

Cons: They're a more expensive set, and will take up a large amount of space in a cabinet.

These expert-recommended glasses were designed with the help of a wine critic to work with all different types of wines, which takes the guesswork out of choosing a glass. "I love the Jancis glasses. They are an example of the move towards 'universal' glasses," says Isle. They're made of mouth-blown crystal, and the brand actually recommends carefully placing them in the dishwasher after use, because hand-washing can add too much pressure. While they're on the pricier side (they come out to $56 each), "it's definitely more affordable than buying a different glass for every grape," Isle notes.

  • Capacity: 32 ounces (5 ounces recommended)
  • Material: Lead-free crystal
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $128 for a set of 2

Best Splurge: Zalto Denk'Art Burgundy Wine Glass

zalto denk art burgundy wine glass
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Also available at Wine Enthusiast.

Pros: Super lightweight, lead-free crystal with enough capacity to handle the darkest reds.

Cons: Not ideal for white wines or sparkling wines, and the most expensive single glass on our list.

If you're willing to splurge on wine glasses (even if it's just a set of two for anniversaries or important events), opt for the hand-blown glasses by Zalto. "I use many kinds of glasses, but for special occasions, I love Zalto glasses," says Joel Gott, founder of Joel Gott Wines. "They are so thin and beautiful, and can make drinking a special bottle even more special." Although this glass in particular is designed for red wines above 13% alcohol content, like Bordeaux or Merlot, the brand also makes aesthetically pleasing white wine glasses. Hall uses that version for both Chardonnay and sparkling wines, calling it "a feat of glass-blowing art that is hard to fathom." Even though he says they're "surprisingly strong and durable," you'll want to handle them with extra care since they're still delicate and on the pricier side.

  • Capacity: 32 ounces
  • Material: Cali Crystal (no lead)
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Price at time of publish: $95 each


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.

Our Expertise

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).

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