Experts share their tips on how to find the best square wine glasses
It can be daunting to shop for square wine glasses, especially if you are new to the area. There are many styles and shapes available for all wine types, including Cabernet, Burgundy or Chardonnay, sweet Rieslings, Port, sherry, Port, Sherry, Port, etc. Also, there are flutes, coupes, stemless glass options, and many other options. We decided to not go in blindly and rely on the advice of in-house salespeople or wine boxes for guidance. Instead, we sought the assistance of wine experts who would help us to simplify the process and help you build your collection intuitively. These experts were able to advise us on the best for different price points.
Myths and misconceptions about the best square wine glass
Experts told us that there are many misconceptions about square wine glasses. They don’t tell you how many you should have to enjoy different types. As a longtime wine writer and a sommelier-in-training, I’ve always found that having a solid all-purpose glass will take you far. Riedel is one of the largest glassware companies in the world, and they tend to believe that the more the merrier philosophy makes sense. However, a stemmed glass made to hold a variety of wines will help you save both time and money.
Please limit yourself to one glass
Although you might not expect a glassware manufacturer to sign my approach, the Austrian crystal brand Gabriel-Glas believes in the “one-for-all” method. Tempe Reichardt (CEO of Gabriel-Glas North America), agreed with me that the idea of selling specific glasses for each varietal is outdated. She says that life is easier when you have a universal wine glass. This is why she only sells one style of wine glasses. It is the Gold Edition, which is mouth-blown and made from lead-free crystal. The StandArt Edition is machine-molded and also lead-free. Reichardt suggests that you spend more money on your wine collection than spending a lot of money on a wide variety of glass styles. It is generally better to buy fewer things, as it is also more sustainable.
Lead and crystal glassware
Clearing up any confusion: The term “crystal”, which denotes lead content, can make the term “lead free crystal” a little confusing. Gurasu, a London-based crystal brand, says that lead-free crystal can technically be called a “brilliant type of glass”. It replaces crystal’s trademark lead oxide with other chemical substances.
This glass has changed my life, science aside. This glass makes me much more excited about wine than I would normally be. The silhouette is great live poll results for many wines. Reichardt says that the unique shape of the bowl with its wider base at the bottom allows for greater surface-to-air contact so that the wine is able to release flavors and aromas.