I feel your pain. I've broken enough Riedel to buy a case of some very nice Napa Cab. My Spiegelau has held up better, but, frankly, my most recent purchases have been at Pier One where I've not spent more than $2 per glass. You know what? I can't taste any difference. And the $2 glasses are still going strong after dozens of bottles of wine. They maybe don't ring quite as clearly, but I can live with that. I couldn't tell you the brand as I paid no attention to that. Just picked up ones that matched and appeared reasonably well made. I'm not quite ready to switch to plastic but I'm done spending a lot of money on glassware. If Amazon Basics had a Bordeaux glass I'd be all over that.
I think the only Riedel I have left are the tequila glasses I bought as kind of a joke. They were fairly cheap when the first came out. To my surprise, they do seem to make a difference if you're sipping good tequila.
Post by soupandstew on Jan 10, 2019 18:27:07 GMT -5
We went through the Riedel thing, both stemmed and stemless and don't have a single survivor. At one time I thought I could taste the difference with some reds, but I think a good aerator accomplishes the same thing. And we don't buy "that" grade of wine often enough to justify the cost. I do like a glass with a very thin rim just for the feel of it, but I can find those at lots of places way cheaper than Riedel.
"Being bitter is just the ego clinging on to the past." Brendon Burchard
Correction: I said Pier One above. Turns out it was Cost Plus. They had open stock in the store from some place in eastern Europe that was reasonably stylish, sturdy, and cheap. If you're willing to abandon the ultra-thin, very expensive glassware for something a tad more practical, you could also check Web Restaurant Store, assuming you have storage for case lots. They have several that look okay that are in the $2-$3/glass range. I'd never considered Libbey a high end glassware name but they showed up in several "top 10" lists when I did a bit of searching on this topic and Web Restaurant Store has a wide selection of Libbey glassware.
The recommendations are interesting. We've had Riedel and I believe still do, but I'm no longer certain which ones have broken. In general, the thin ones are just too easy to break even with hand washing. I've had several wine glasses break in my hand when washing or drying. So glad none of them broke when being used.
My son got some stemless Riedel as a give away when a local store opened, but they are the stemless ones. He had just graduated and was just happy to have wine glasses.
I want some coupe champagne. If I find a place to put them I want to have at least 6-8 and be able to use them for cocktails, appetizers and desserts. I always liked my grandmother's growing up but then got pushed towards flutes when it was time to chose my own. They are pretty too, and I will drink champagne out of either, but the coupe seems to lend itself to a number of other uses. And I'm talking glass -- like Cost Plus, HomeGoods or the restaurant supply -- not more crystal.
We don’t drink red but do drink a lot of white. I bought Libby water goblets and they’re perfect for us. Sturdier than wine glasses and they have a shorter stem so they don’t get knocked over easily. I tried the stemless wine glasses but they would slip through DH’s hands. Best of all, I think I paid $20 for a dozen.