(Closed) Wine aficionados I need your help!

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My guess would be that it would be the regular white wine glasses, but really, I’m not too picky about what I’m drinking from!  I have this set, 6 of each.  They should be a good basic set and get you through the red and white if you have company or whatever.  Also I like the stemless because I can put them in the dishwasher!

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=117163

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I also recommend the stemless

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oooh, I love moscato. I’m not super picky about what I’m drinking it out of–we have champagne flutes and white wine glasses (I think?). I would not recommend stemless only because you are supposed to hold your glass by the stem to prevent the heat from your hand from warming the wine.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am a HUGE wine enthusiast, as is my husband and entire family. We devote an awful lot of time to creating great food pairings, attending tastings and previews, and belong to several wine clubs at our favorite wineries. Really, we just looooove wine, haha.

That said, unless you are very particular about what you choose to drink your wine types and varietals in (and notice a difference), then I highly suggest universal wine glasses for your everyday wine drinking. However, if you think you’ll stick mostly to sweet whites and/or dessert wines, then some basic white wine glasses (they’re taller and sleeker than red wine glasses) should suit you perfectly.

Stemless glasses are awesome, but don’t feel like you have to have them. It’s just about personal use and preference. Personally, I prefer them for casual drinking and entertaining because they’re super low maintenance, don’t get knocked over easily, and don’t require special handling when washing (as in: totally dishwasher safe!). For formal dining and cocktail hours, though, it is nice to hold onto a classic stemmed wine glass. And I’m with you – as it is, my glass is typically emptied before I have to worry about any kind of temperature change lol!

When it comes down to it, people aren’t picky about what kind of wine glass their wine is served in, and to most it doesn’t affect the quality or experience. =]

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Wine glass shapes are kind of a scam anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_glass#Shapes

If you don’t have them already, I’d buy some good white wine (or universal) glasses with stems. Keep in mind that wine glasses break frequently, so you’ll want something that is not too unique and can be easily replaced – so you won’t be heartbroken when you accidentally drop a pretty glass. (I did this with a lovely pink stemless champagne glass of mine, and was SO sad.) Stemless glasses can be fun, but I find glasses with stems easier to handle (counter-intuitive, I know, but the stem makes it easier to hold). Champagne glasses are fun, too, but I don’t think they’re necessary ๐Ÿ™‚

Dessert wines are often served in tiny glasses or champagne flutes at restaurants because they’re so sweet and people don’t feel like they need so much – but if you want a small portion, you can just pour a small amount in your regular-sized glass. Most people I know who like moscato just drink it from a white wine glass at home.

ALSO – if you like moscato, and would like to try some different wines to drink out of your new glasses, you should try riesling (go for sweet instead of dry), pinot grigio, liebfraumilch, rose prosecco/champagnes, and sauvignon blanc (or fume blanc). These are all pretty sweet and light, although not nearly as sugary-sweet as moscato. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on wine, but I normally have good luck spending between 10 and 20 dollars a bottle – under 10 is usually not great. I used to LOVE moscato, but now it’s too sweet for me, and SB is my drink of choice. You should also try sangria if you haven’t – it’s red wine sweetened with fruit and juice, which is delicious!

You can also make wine spritzers if you buy a white wine you don’t like, but don’t want to waste it – mix it with an equal amount of club soda or sparkling water (you can try lots of cool flavors to make it sweeter!). And never underestimate the power of orange juice to make a bad sparkling wine palatable ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@vegempanada:  I disagree. For under $10, you should be able to find some AMAZING whites. Chilled wines hide many of the imperfections…you will taste mostly acid. 

As far as wine glass shapes, I would forgo traditional “dessert wine” glasses, as they really won’t serve you well for visitors. Moscato can be properly served in regular white wine glasses of any sort without being “rude”. (Though, again, I disagree that this is a “scam”…it is simply a matter of how well trained you are in the nuances of different wine varietals/terroirs).

I would recommend branching out into rieslings, sparklings, and chenin blancs. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I know you want stuff from BBB, but we ended up getting our white wine glasses from Crate&Barrel (which was the only thing we wanted from there, so we didn’t register for them; we just bought them ourselves with some of our wedding gift money!)

Here they are, the medium sized ones, and I LOVE them. The slightly “edgy” shape looks so dramatic and awesome IRL! 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@vegempanada:  lol I think they do emphasize it too much, but I’ve definitely seen a difference between red/white wine glasses (though I do think it’s super annoying when someone complains about drinking a Burgundy out of a standard red). Heck, I’ve drank red wine out of a plastic cup, so I’m not exactly a pretentious biatch, but it’s nice to have the right glass.

As far as under $10…I like reds, so I’m having a hard time drawing whites that are acceptable, but I can tell you that every white I drank at the high end restaurant I used to work was AWESOME, and we we got almost all of them for under $10. For rieslings, Karl Heinz is absolutely awesome at under $5…I actually don’t usually like whites, but this is really balanced. I find the Chateau St. Michelle good for riesling lovers (too sweet for me, but the flavors are relatively complex). I also like Hess Sauv Blanc (I think around $8-10 retail, and, actually, most Hess wines are good), most pinot blancs (harder to find, but the cheaper ones are tasty), and Sofia sparkling wine is great. I have a lot of wine training, and I have a very hard time discerning $10 white from $20 white because of the chilled factor (this covers a lot of stuff up). Of course, I have preferences (I prefer citrusy, crisp, not too sweet, and I actually do like a little gooseberry), but I think quality for white wine is much harder to differentiate than in red wine, but that’s just my experience. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@les105:  Now I have a shopping list for our next trip to the liquor store! Thanks for the recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

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