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Stemmed vs Stemless Wine Glasses

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Wine drinkers will know how important the right glasses are. While some days you may feel like just drinking directly from the bottle, using a delicate piece of stemware (or not stemmed!) can transform your wine into a truly sophisticated and elegant sip. We will weigh up the pros and cons of stemmed and stemless wine glasses to help you decide which are right for you. 

Pros of Stemmed Wine Glasses

The benefits of choosing stemmed wine glasses over stemless are predominantly related to the aesthetics and traditions of wine drinking. Stemmed wine glasses have an elegant feel and are the traditional choice for formal occasions and table settings. People who prefer stemmed wine glasses often say they do due to their dainty look, and the range of different designs and sizes that they can be found in; from crystal goblets to lightweight mouth-blown glasses from Lehmann Glassware. Glasses with stems are also the usual choice for wine tasting sessions, as the stem allows tasters to hold the glass in a way that lets them see the wines true colour. The same goes for allowing the wine to breathe, as the stem makes it easier to swirl the drink a little. Having a stem can also help to avoid getting any fingerprints on the glass itself, which can often be a little difficult to clean.

Cons of Stemmed Wine Glasses

Stemmed glasses tend to break far more easily than stemless glasses, as the delicate glass is thinner, yet is where pressure from hands is often placed. These delicate stems also mean that many stemmed glasses can only be gently washed by hand, which can make clearing up after a party or dinner a little more complicated. Resting on a stem, these glasses also tend not to be as sturdy as their stemless counterparts, meaning that it is easier to knock them over and spill their fine wine contents all over the tablecloth or carpet! 

Pros of Stemless Wine Glasses

As stemless wine glasses comprise of just the bowl part of the wine glass, they tend to be a lot shorter than stemmed wine glasses, meaning that you can fit more of them in small cupboard spaces. The lack of stem also means that they can be stacked, making them a great option for those with less storage space. With stemmed wine glasses being more of a traditional and formal choice, stemless glasses offer a more modern and stylish alternative, while still maintaining a sense of sophistication. With no fragile stems to be damaged, stemless glasses can often be put in the dishwasher, and do not require quite as much care when cleaning. Likewise, they are sturdier without a stem, making them less likely to be knocked over, which can be useful when using them for parties or gatherings.

Many people find stemless glasses easier and more comfortable to hold and keep a grip on. Stemless glasses tend to be less expensive than traditional glasses, although this could be because they require less skill to make! Finally, holding the glass in your hand rather than holding the stem may cause the glass to warm up a little bit, which is perfect for red wine lovers.

Cons of Stemless Wine Glasses

The fact the glass can warm up in your hand is however bad news for white wine drinkers, as this is best served chilled. Stemless glasses make swilling the wine a little tricky, and having your hand covering most of the glass makes proper colour analysis almost impossible, making them a bad choice for those in the business of wine tasting. Having your hands directly on the glass also increases the risk of leaving fingerprints behind, making the glass look greasy.

All in all, the decision is completely up to you and your wine glass preference! Which type of wine glass would you choose? Let us know in the comments below.



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