You probably broke a few wine glasses during holiday celebrations. Here are some suggestions on what to look for when buying new ones.
There are a zillion styles of wine glasses out there -- reds, whites, flutes, ports, stemless, etc. -- but if you want to keep things simple, a tulip-shaped glass is pretty much all-purpose, working well for all types of wine.
Along with an all-purpose shape, look for:
Clear, colorless glass. Avoid colors, etchings, painted designs, cut crystal or anything that prevents getting a good look at the color of what you're drinking.
A sturdy stem. Hold the glass in your hand to see if it's a good fit. The stem shouldn't be too long (long stems are hard to hold, hard to store, and a bad fit in a dishwasher) or too delicate (too easy to break).
Thin rims. Pricier glasses have thin, smooth rims, which experts say is preferable because you want as little as possible between the wine and you. But bulkier rolled rims aren't as likely to break in a dishwasher.
Ample bowl. A decent-sized bowl allows you to swirl, smell and savor the wine. It should be big enough to hold a four- to six-ounce serving without filling it more than halfway.
Stemless glasses look great and don't get knocked over easily, but a fat stemless glass can be difficult for small hands to hold. Holding the wine glass by the bowl can make the wine too warm. And the glass gets covered with fingerprints, which can annoy people who like to inspect their wines.
To care for your wine glasses, wash them between use. Make sure to rinse thoroughly so no scented detergent lingers, which can ruin the nose of a wine. Hold the glasses up to the light to check if they are clean. A clean-looking glass may be covered in a fine coat of scum that is hard to remove with gentle washing. Sparkling wines won't fizz in a glass like this.
Once washed, allow the glasses to drip dry, then give them a quick polish to get rid of residual water marks. Store them standing upright in a clean odor-free cupboard.
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