Ask Sid: Stemless wine glasses?

April 11th, 2018
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Ask Sid: Stemless wine glasses?

Question: What is your opinion on using stemless wine glasses?

Answer: Popular choice for some whose use gives off more casual vibes being more durable with less chance of breakage where the stem meets the bowl. I usually carry a Riedel O stemless glass with an excellent bowl shape around in my backpack that I bring out at wine tastings to use when the only other choice is a small thick glass with a stem that is offered for my use. Personally I don’t like the movie star trend of holding any wine glass by the bowl. It tends to warm up the wine and leave fingerprints.

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April 11th, 2018

2 Responses

  1. I believe I brought this subject up myself a while back. In my opinion, stemless glasses are fine. I use them at home especially if I am serving “self serve” food, like Chinese. They are shorter and less likely to be knocked down. Because they really only have a “bowl” to hold, your fingers could leave finger prints if they are oily. As for the tips of the fingers adding unwanted warmth to the wine, I conducted an experiment which disproved this factor. Cupping the bowl in one’s palms does warm the wine. However, this is true of both stemmed and stemless glasses.

  2. If the choice is between stemless or not drinking…

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