You may already have your go-to set of wine glasses or stemless favorites, but what about special vessels that feel more one-of-a-kind? From brightly colored picks by and to striking, sculptural designs from and , these are the unique wine glasses our panel of pros suggests to level up your drinking experience.
Italian Retro Goblets (Set of 2)
With their old-school shape and ridged pattern that’s “pleasing on the lips,” according to Dylan Storment, director of wine and spirits at , an inn and farm in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, N.M. He notes these textured glasses are a great addition to a home bar or wine cabinet. They’re intricate and elegant “but still have a substantial weight that feels good in the hand,” he says. Each can hold up to 8 ounces—deep enough to allow true oenophiles to swirl—and they’re sturdy enough to withstand the dishwasher, according to the company. The squat stem isn’t just for aesthetics either; it also enables you to get a good grip so you don’t end up warming the wine with your hand.
The Gabriel-Glas offers the best of both worlds, according to Morgan Harris, master sommelier for Saison Hospitality and director of branding for in San Francisco. It’s “ultra-thin and delicate, almost ethereal to hold, while actually being fairly tough,” he says. That’s because the lead-free crystal vessel is produced in one molded piece with no seams; the absence of stress points makes it stronger, the company suggests. And though some oversize glasses tend to obscure the more delicate features of fine wine, the Gabriel-Glas has the opposite effect, Harris says. Its conical shape and wide bowl make the wine’s aromas and flavors more pronounced.
Vivid and fluted
Champagne Coupe (Set of 4)
Equal parts art and glassware, these jewel-tone coupes change color naturally, depending on what’s poured into them, says Alexandra Schrecengost, founder and CEO of , a Black-owned events-planning and gift-curation company in West Orange, N.J. “This gives a tablescape an especially gorgeous contrast, and the range of shades can be used to set different moods.” Produced in partnership with , a company that has been hand-blowing glass on the Venetian island of Murano since 1859, these grooved vessels are a no-brainer for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, Schrecengost says, because “they make everything more ceremonious.”
Chic and colorful
Colored Glass Stemmed Wine Glass (Set of 6)
Popular in the 1950s and ’60s, tinted stemware is back, according to Kevin Dixon, director of food and beverage at the , in Rosemary Beach, Fla. “We have really seen a resurgence” of the vintage-style glassware, he says, which “harkens back to a time of bold colors and patterns that tell a story and create an amazing experience” at the table. Dixon’s top pick, from the Black-owned company , is hand-blown by artisans in Poland and has a luxe, vintage-y look. (The brand’s founder, Stephanie Summerson, had been inspired by her grandmother Estelle’s antique colored glass collection.) Dixon is partial to the retro-influenced shades—cobalt blue, amber smoke and mint green—though you can choose from a range of pastels and jewel tones.
New World Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo/Rosé Champagne Glass
The Riedel Veritas New World Pinot Noir glass is the one Cara Patricia, co-founding sommelier of , in San Francisco, Calif., reaches for when drinking aromatic grape varieties such as fuller-bodied white wines, lighter-bodied red wines or champagne. A delicate tulip shape sets it apart from other typical Burgundy bowls, she says, and the slightly flared silhouette helps the wine develop, delivering “a big aromatic punch with every sip.” While these machine-made (as opposed to hand-blown) glasses look “fancy” to guests, Patricia notes, they’re also a practical pick—they can get tossed in the dishwasher and are part of Riedel’s more affordable line.
Classic with a twist
Black Tie Crystal Mature Bordeaux Wine Glass
A key feature of this varietal-specific collection is that it’s visually impactful, thanks to the glasses’ jet-black crystal stems that “set them apart,” says Joe DeBlasio, senior food and beverage operations manager at the in U.S. Virgin Islands. The handmade line was first introduced nearly 15 years ago, yet it still feels sleek and modern, DeBlasio says—and despite the fairly high price tag, the upkeep effort is low: Just run them through the dishwasher on a warm cycle.
Oenomust / Sakemust
“Beautifully designed, functional, strong glassware I can use daily” is what Tim Gardner, owner and head sommelier at in Columbia, S.C., looks for in his stemware—and the Lehmann Oenomust checks all the boxes, he says. Its tapered shape prevents spilling when you swirl and concentrates the wine in the bowl, allowing aromas to extend upward. The thin rim “really socks the aromas into your nose,” Gardner says, and because the dishwasher-safe glasses are universal—meaning they’re a fit for whites, reds or sparkling wines—you’re bound to use them often.
Slim and sophisticated
When Elise Cordell, manager of champagne trade engagement and events for in Dallas, pours some champagne, it’s into these sleek, handcrafted glasses featuring air bubbles in the base. (Glassmakers use a tool to create cavities that trap the air, according to the manufacturer.) “The effect is that, when you pour the wine, it seems like the effervescence is stemming up from the full length of the glass, which is mesmerizing,” says Cordell, who also notes that the flute’s small size keeps the champagne cold longer and helps the bubbles last.