Wine Drinking Essentials: Number 3 – Glasses

Again, I guess it helps if you’ve read Moody Teenagers and Grumpy Old Men going into this post.

Main points here are:

- Don’t go nuts and spend a fortune early on, you can have your eyes ripped out before you know it

– Avoid the novelty glass like the plague, weird colours and shapes actually make it harder to drink wine properly, and let’s be honest, they’re just a bit tacky

– Don’t overfill your glass. Most glasses have the largest diameter towards the bottom, don’t fill past here, it’s like that so air can get to the wine and open it up a bit. You can always come back to the bottle/jug/decanter for seconds/thirds/fourths later on.

When you start off you can pick up very basic glasses for bugger all at places like IKEA that’ll do a great job to begin with:

ikea glass

Watch it though, they tend to be pretty brittle, so just behave when you’re doing the washing up!

After that, I guess the next step up is the better quality multipurpose glass. I got a set from Oneforall that do a really good job for me:

oneforall glass

And then finally, if you’ve properly lost the plot like me, bit by the wine bug and all that, or you’ve got a spare few quid burning a hole in your back pocket (sadly unlike me), you can have a look at the specialist glasses, like these from Riedel:

riedel glasses

From left to right these are for fresh whites (Sauvignon Blanc), heavier whites (Chardonnay), deep reds (Cabernet Sauvignon), fruity reds (Pinot Noir)


Basic starter stuff are £1 each. Next step up £10-£20 for a set of 6. The specialist stuff gets a bit pricey, looking at £25 a glass, so as I said, only if you’ve lost the plot or they’re in the sale, but they are bloody good.

Scabber’s Tip:

Second hand shops or ex-rental glasses will be absolute peanuts. 




Related Posts

%d bloggers like this: