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The Stemware Guide For Beginners.

There are many different types of alcohol beverage glasses out on the market and while it might seem excessive the truth is having the proper glass does make a difference. Stemware designs are not based solely on aesthetics they are shaped to marry ingredients or trigger the senses with every sip.

Today we’re sharing five types of glasses for those just starting their stemware collection who want the full flavors from their wine and spirits. Whether it’s a highball glass for your gin fizz or a flute for your champagne we’ve created an elegant and easy stemware guide to help you properly stock your home bar.

A quality wine glass is a great place to begin.

The Red Wine Glass


We recommend illustrious glass makers Riedel, a stemware company that has been the essential choice for wine and champagne connoisseurs for over three centuries. The Riedel Superleggero Grand Cru glass allows the wine’s bouquet to develop fully and it has a slightly flared top lip which maximizes fruity flavors. This is a glass that produces a superbly three-dimensional ‘taste picture’, designed for tasting Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot wines. Riedel Superleggero Grand Cru Glass £135.00 each

The White Wine Glass


For whites you should enjoy an exquisite tasting experience with this wine glass by Zalto. The stemware is made from raw materials and they are mouth-blown by highly skilled glass blowers to enhance the taste of fruity white wines such as Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay. The curves of each bowl are tilted in accordance with the angles of the earth, Zalto believes these cosmic parallels allow the wine to reach its utmost potential. Pair these white wine glasses with more high-quality glasses from Zalto to host a stylish dinner party. Zalto white Wine Glass – Set of 6 £168.00

The Martini Glass


This classic V-shaped glass is an ideal vessel for a variety of martini’s and cocktails served sans ice (they’ll stay cool thanks to their stems). The Lillian martini glass is part of the American Bar collection by William Yeoward. It is completely handmade and is shaped in the stemware styles of the 1920s & 1930s. The extra tall glass is perfect for a strained Perfect Martini with 2 olives.  American Bar collection by William Yeoward Martini glass, £34.00 each

The Highball Glass

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Use a highball glass to serve cocktails that are more mixer than straight spirit. Tall and slim they’re a good choice for carbonated beverages to retain long-lasting snap such as a gin fizz, vodka soda, or any alcohol-with-soda blend meant to be served over ice.

The LSA International Bar Long Drink Glasses are contemporary handmade & mouth blown glasses designed in a clean and simple style.  The LSA International Bar Long Drink Glasses – Set of 4 £35.00

The Champagne Flute


The glass flute is a long lasting stemware design because the shape is widely known to enhance the flavor of Champagne. The flute’s shape helps to maintain champagne’s carbonated fizz which makes it ideal for any sort of sparkling wine including Prosecco, Cava, and sparkling wine cocktails such as bellinis, mimosas, and the French 75. Waterford Champagne Classic Flutes – Set of 2 £50.00

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