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$94.99 list($135.00)
1. Riedel Vinum Champagne/Prestige
$13.99 list($19.90)
2. Riedel O Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling
$30.99 list($44.00)
3. Riedel Ouverture Red Wine Glasses,
$44.99 list($90.00)
4. Spiegelau Vino Grande Magnum Bordeaux
$90.99 list($130.00)
5. Riedel Vinum Brandy / Cognac Snifter,
$83.99 list($120.00)
6. Riedel Vinum Extreme Bordeaux/Cabernet
$41.99 list($84.00)
7. Spiegelau Authentis Collection
$83.99 list($120.00)
8. Riedel Vinum Chianti Classico/Zinfandel
$44.99 $39.00 list($90.00)
9. Spiegelau Vino Grande Chardonnay
$49.00
10. Marquis by Waterford Vintage Deep
$104.99 list($149.00)
11. Riedel Vinum Syrah/Rhone Wine
$41.99 list($60.00)
12. Riedel Sommeliers Series Chablis-Chardonnay
$66.49 list($95.00)
13. Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux Grand
$44.99 list($90.00)
14. Spiegelau Vino Grande Red Wine
$83.99 list($120.00)
15. Riedel Vinum Extreme Pinot Noir/Burgundy
$24.99 list($45.00)
16. Spode Christmas Tree Wine Goblets,
$94.99 list($135.00)
17. Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc Wine
$30.99 list($44.00)
18. Riedel Ouverture White Wine Glasses,
$48.99 list($70.00)
19. Block Crystal Stockholm Collection
$30.99 list($44.00)
20. Riedel Ouverture Magnum Glasses,

1. Riedel Vinum Champagne/Prestige Cuvee Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $135.00
our price: $94.99
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Asin: B00004SZ7Z
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 1891
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Looking like an especially well-regulated art nouveau lava lamp, the Riedel Vinum Series Cuvee/Prestige glass was designed to add to your enjoyment of your favorite sparkling wines. The obvious and prime attraction to any bubbly is the bubbles. This glass is known as 416/48 to Riedel loyalists; at the interior bottom of its weighty, languidly curved bowl lies a small crystal pinhole. This etched "fizz mark" provides a rough surface on which the beads form, rising to the surface in a steady stream through the center of the liquid. It may sound scientifically dry, but it's just Riedel's way of putting the "fizz" in "physics." --Tony Mason ... Read more

Features

  • Height, Capacity: 8 5/8"H, 8 1/8 oz.
  • Designed to put more bubbles in your bubbly
  • Machine-made of 24% lead crystal
  • Affordable second-tier from a prestigious name in wine-friendly stemware
  • Made in Austria

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Elegant "everyday" flutes
After we bought a pair of these to replace some older Champagne flutes, one use sent us running back to the store to stock up - it's now the only stem we use. The shape is classic, elegant and has a nice weight - balancing delicacy with just enough sturdiness to feel reassuring. We've found that with some other stemware we've owned, our guests feel a little hesitant to handle the slender stem. I know from experience that hand-washing makes me pretty nervous after snapping the stem off some fine but too-delicate pieces. These, on the other hand, have just the right heft without sacrificing any of their "crystal" character.

The best part of all is that every glass creates a little ring of bubbles at the surface right in the middle of the glass (when it sits still for a moment). Apparently they've designed the glass to do just that. We also find that with richer, more aromatic Champagnes these glasses do a very good job of showcasing the nose of the wine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
These glasses strike just the right taste/aesthetics/quality/price balance. They are perfect to use to enjoy fine champagne at parties and not so fragile that I worry about the glasses being too easily broken or too costly to replace if something did happen to any of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product in reasonable price
I'm a Riedel fan because I used to work for wines business so I had chance to test different glasses for free, and Riedel offer the best quality along with the price factor. I have Sommelier Bordeaux glasses (real great for collection wines but it's a pain to hand wash it by myself with great care next morning) but Vinum series are the best for daily use. I don't mind that litte logo at all so it's not a problem to me (as long as it's my favour brand names). But caution: Riedel suffering quality control problem and it's happened few years ago, I know it because I used to check the shipment piece by piece when it arrived at my shops. My first shipment was no exception, it's came with 3 defected glasses, 1 with critical defect (Borken edge) and 2 with major defects (Bubbles mark at the bodies) Hey, it's 50% and unacceptable from such a famous manufacturer! The logistics from Amazon save the problem, the second shipment arrived 2 days later (Amazing!) and all glasses are free from defects (Hurray!). You got to be serious in drinking to appreciate what Reidel's quality make your fine champagne shine. Don't buy this if you expect these glasses will make your cheap sparkling wines taste better (although it helps a little), it will definitely disappoint you. Remember these glasses are suppose to pair with fine champagne!

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes every occasion special!
I've done many, many tests on how wine tastes differently in various glass options and in different situations. Riedel is one of the tests that is easy for even beginning drinkers to see the difference in. The flavor is *amazingly* different when you compare the exact same wine in a Riedel glass vs normal wine glasses.

Even if you buy inexpensive wines, you will get much more enjoyment out of them with this glassware compared to other options. If you are buying mid-range wines, the difference will blow you away. Think of the Riedel glass as allowing you to see what the wine in your bottle *really* was meant to taste like.

Champagne and sparkling wine are traditional at special occasions, but they're also being drunk more and more as a 'regular' accompanyment to sushi and before a meal. It's great that people are enjoying this delicious wine any time, and these glasses help bring out the great flavors in sparklers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rather nice glasses.
These are very functional and versatile glasses. I use them quite often. ... Read more


2. Riedel O Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling Wine Tumblers, Set of 2
list price: $19.90
our price: $13.99
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Asin: B00018HQB2
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 155
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Founded in 1756, Austria’s Riedel Crystal is the world’s premier manufacturer of wine glasses and has always catered to the fine wine connoisseur. However, these wine tumblers are part of the company’s first attempt at producing a lower priced wine glass for casual entertaining. Like Riedel’s prestigious Vinum series of glasses, these tumblers are specifically designed for a particular grape varietal and still maintain their ability to enhance the flavors and aromas of the wines they were intended for. The only difference is that the tumblers are missing their stems, making them slightly less delicate to handle, more modern in appearance, and easier to fit in smaller cabinets, mini bars, picnic baskets, and the dishwasher.

The O series of glasses are made of machine-made of non-leaded glass. The shape of the two glasses in this set is specifically recommended to balance the fruit, acidity, and sugar in wine varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Each glass holds 13-1/4 ounces of wine, stands 4-1/4 inches tall, and is completely dishwasher-safe. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • Holds 13-1/4 ounces; 4-1/4 inches tall
  • Trendy tumbler design is more stable, easier to store
  • Glass shape enhances taste of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
  • Machine-made of non-lead glass
  • Dishwasher-safe

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Also good for your morning orange juice
My ordinary juice tumblers are wearing out, so I'm trying alternatives for a new set. So far, I'm very happy with these. They have all the qualities of the inexpensive Riedel line, including being able to go in the dishwasher. And sure 'nuff, I can tell a difference between a glass of riesling, even *cheap* riesling, by drinking it out of this glass. (My major experiment was using a bottle of wine that was merely okay. The glass made it a *better* okay. I think it still ended up in a fondue.)

The glasses are just a tiny bit fragile for everyday use, but I'm comparing them to heavy juice clunkers rather than a wine glass. They do make my morning juice look cool. If you're thinking of them for wine service, though, they don't seem quite as elegant as stemware... on the other hand, it'll be a lot harder to knock one of these over. ... Read more


3. Riedel Ouverture Red Wine Glasses, Set of 4
list price: $44.00
our price: $30.99
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Asin: B000069CF3
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 154
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Perfect for everyday use, the four red-wine glasses in this setare part of the moderately priced Ouverture series offered byworld-renowned Austrian wineglass maker Riedel Crystal (founded in1756). Being lead-free, they're not crystal like Riedel's premiumglasses but are machine blown of potash glass and are dishwasher-safe.Their thin rims are cut and polished to Riedel's exacting standards, sowine flows easily onto the tongue. Each glass holds 12-3/8 ounces andstands 7-3/8 inches high. Though glasses shaped and sized for differenttypes of wine seem commonplace today, when Riedel introduced this ideain 1961, it was revolutionary. Since then Riedel has continuedfine-tuning glasses to bring out the best characteristics in wines andspirits. Varying bowls' shapes and sizes affects the position of thehead when sipping and where wine first contacts the tongue's varioustaste zones. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Made by world renowned wineglass makers
  • 4 glasses shaped for serving red wines
  • Machine-blown of lead-free potash glass
  • Cut-and-polished rims so wine flows easily onto tongue
  • Each holds 12-3/8 ounces, stands 7-3/8 inches high

Reviews (14)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not delicate enough
I bought these glasses to compliment my collection of white wine glasses although when I received the box, I heard that something was broken. When I opened the box one of the three glasses was broken. The broken glass a side I found that the glasses did not have the delicate look compared to my other Riedel wine glasses.
These glasses did not have the thinness around the glass and the stem was too think for my liking. Also it seemed that these were made for the masses then the Riedel elegance.

5-0 out of 5 stars These are being used in Napa Vallery for tastings
In August of this year my Fiancé and I visited Napa Valley for an extensive wine tasting vacation. Our trip was to enjoy ourselves dining and buying cases of wine. Much to our surprise many of the wineries were using these Riedel Ouverture glasses as their standard tasting glasses for tasting in the better rooms. We found the difference between these Riedel glasses and no name glasses to be substantial. Riedel has found a good balance between price and wine presentation. Being a klutz I also found these glasses are delicate though I only broke two glasses in 51 tastings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Our everyday wine glass
Shortly after moving to the Sonoma region, we heard Riedel glasses referenced as "the" wine glass by several high-end winery personnel. We first found these glasses in a wine shop in the town of Sonoma, but it was several visits before they were in stock, and we able to try them.

There *is* a noticeable difference in the wine-tasting experience, enough for the better that we have junked our assortment of miscellaneous glasses, and now use these as our everyday glasses. We also have several varieties of Riedel's Vinum glasses, which get used on formal occasions, or with particularly special wine, but these have become our 'go-to' glasses.

They are a bit fragile, which is the reason for 4 stars, instead of 5. However, when the enhancement of the wine experience is weighed against the number of tastings/broken-glass ratio, they are well-worth it. Shipping from Amazon has been damage-free so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arrived in perfect condition
I was a little worried that the glasses would arrive broken as a few other reviewers had mentioned. I was surprised and very impressed with how well they were packaged when they arrived! The glasses are beautiful and although I haven't tried them yet, I love them already.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not The Red Wine Glasses I Wanted
These were purchased as a gift and what a disappointment when they were opened. We enjoy red wine and serve it in a large glasses to allow the wine to breathe and give great bouquet. These glasses are more like chardonney glasses. We are returning these for better red wine glasses. ... Read more


4. Spiegelau Vino Grande Magnum Bordeaux Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $90.00
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B00004SUID
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Spiegelau
Sales Rank: 308
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Several years ago, an article in Wine Spectator magazine noted the importance of a high-quality glass for improving a wine's looks and enhancing its bouquet. However, the magazine lamented, many of the attributes that increase the beauty and value of the glass actually obscure the wine. Spiegelau's Vino Grande series is part of a connoisseur line designed specifically for wine lovers. The thin rim means less distraction from the taste and texture of the wine. Tap the glass gently with your fingernail and you'll hear the distinctive ping of fine crystal.

This generously sized wine glass measures 9 inches high and is designed to showcase the Bordeaux region's Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. The glasses are billed as dishwasher-safe and are sturdy enough for everyday use, as proven by their use in restaurants. Still, we'd recommend hand washing. --Irene Svete ... Read more

Features

  • Dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning; made in Germany
  • Set of six glasses, designed especially for wines of the Bordeaux region
  • Glasses hold a generous 22-ounces
  • Machine-blown glasses are 7% lead crystal
  • Each glass stands 9 inches high with a sturdy base and graceful stem

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyday Stemware
I use these glasses every day. I used to have the same size/shape Riedel glasses, but these are *exactly* the same shape, and half the price. Also, the stem is just slightly thicker, so I don't break them nearly as often. They go right into the dishwasher, and come out looking perfect. I adore Spiegelau stemware.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect red wine glasses.....
I have 12 of these beautiful red wine glases, and I have to say I absolutely love the size/shape of these glasses. They really enhance a given wine beautifully, yet cost much less than Riedels (though look just as good.) Of all the Spiegelau red wine glasses, the Vino Grande bordeaux is by far my favorite---it is larger than the standard red wine glass (around 17 ounces), yet slightly smaller than the 25 ounce burgundy glass, which is a little too big in my opinion. Overall these are very classy, yet durable glass---which is why you'll find these exact same glasses in many, if not most fine steak restaurants.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Offers
I look for the reviews and I do make jusdement on if I do want to buy an item you have to offer here. I really like the Gold box offer too. What a great idea, the price range noted here is high [for me], espically with so many individuals out of a job, just a recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Big and beautiful
I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on Reidel glasses, and these are a great alternative. They really do make wine drinking more enjoyable. The size and shape of the glass brings out the aroma of reds beautifully. The rims are thin, and the glass balances nicely in your hand. The generous size also makes for a striking table setting. Very satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great glass
These glasses are attractive and always noticed by guests. They are used in my household on a routine basis and truely enhance the enjoyment of wine. Too tall for my dishwasher! ... Read more


5. Riedel Vinum Brandy / Cognac Snifter, Set of 4
list price: $130.00
our price: $90.99
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Asin: B00004SZ84
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 3536
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Austria's Riedel is the world's premier manufacturer of wine glasses and, with this set of four brandy snifters, the company makes a foray into designing glasses for other beverages. Like the wine glasses in Riedel's Vinum series, these snifters are made of 24-percent lead crystal. The bulbous balloon-style bowl on each glass is specifically shaped for drinkers to cup the bottom and warm the brandy or cognac with one hand. Coupled with the narrower rim on the glass, the bowl is also designed to waft the liquor's aroma to the nose with each sip. Each glass stands 6 inches high and holds a copious 29-5/8 ounces of brandy or cognac; however, it is customary to pour just a few ounces at a time for sipping. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • 6 inches tall; capacity of 29-5/8 ounces
  • Four glasses made for brandy or cognac
  • Balloon-style bowl shaped for holding and wafting aroma to nose
  • Machine-made, 24-percent lead crystal
  • Made in Austria by world's premier wine glass maker

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Cognac Snifter
I purchased these glasses for a special occasion. They are a great glass for celebrating. Like other Reidel glasses, they are light and enjoyable to drink out of. We also have the 416/71 and for cognac I'll take this glass.

5-0 out of 5 stars Snap 'em up before they're gone
Riedel has discontinued these snifters. For Cognac (and I suppose that goes for Armagnac and other brandies), Riedel's now suggesting the "Hennesy Cognac" glasses, code 416/71, which look like their port glasses with flared rims. If you love snifters and don't care if the trendy oenophiles turn up their noses, go ahead and get a case of these. Personally, I like nothing better than to roll cognac around in a snifter after dinner. Like the other Vinum glasses, the brandy snifters are grandly scaled, wonderfully balanced and gorgeously proportioned. None of the nose-stuck-in-the-bowl problem that you get with some snifters. ... Read more


6. Riedel Vinum Extreme Bordeaux/Cabernet Wine Glass, Set of 4
list price: $120.00
our price: $83.99
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Asin: B00005NJEU
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 458
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Made in Austria by the world's most renowned wine-glass makerRiedel Crystal, founded in 1756, the four large glasses in this set areideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and full-bodied red Bordeauxwines like Cabernet Franc. The glasses are from Riedel's Vinum Extremeseries, which are distinguished by their bowls' dramatically flareddiamond shape. The glasses provide an exceptionally wide evaporationsurface, thereby intensifying wines' bouquet and silky texture. Theglasses are machine-blown of 24 percent lead crystal and conform toRiedel's exacting standards: colorless, transparent, and thin-walled,with lips cut and polished so wine flows smoothly onto the tongue.These glasses are 9-3/4 inches high and hold 30-3/8 ounces.

Though glasses shaped and sized for different types of wine seemcommonplace today, when Riedel introduced this idea in 1961 it wasrevolutionary. Since then Riedel has continued fine-tuning glasses tobring out the best characteristics in wines and spirits. Varying bowls'shapes and sizes affects the position of the head when sipping andwhere wine first contacts the tongue's various taste zones. Riedelcrystal is used by fine restaurants all over the world and thus muststand up to frequent trips through a dishwasher. But because leadcrystal has a soft, coarse surface to convey intense aromas, Riedelrecommends the glasses be hand washed. --Fred Brack

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Features

  • Made in Austria by world renowned wine-glass maker
  • Four large, dramatically shaped glasses ideal for certain red wines
  • For Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Bordeaux wines like Cabernet Franc
  • Diamond-shaped bowls intensify bouquet, enhance wines' silky texture
  • Machine-blown of 24 percent lead crystal; 9-3/4 inches high, hold 30-3/8 ounces

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beth San Diego
What a value!! I collect all manner of beautiful crystal stemware. On more or less a whim, I purchased the Riedel Vinum Extreme. I heard that Robert Mondavi is quoted as saying "I never knew my wines tasted so good!" so my boyfriend and I decided to have some fun and try a blind tasting. We pitted my gorgeous and hideously expensive hand cut crystal against the Riedel. We were truly astounded. No kidding, you start tasting the wine before it hits your lips. The shape of the bowl funnels the aroma of the wine up and out of the glass and the vapors start flowing into your nose before the glass even touches your tongue (be sure not to fill these LARGE glasses full; it will spoil the effect and you'll soon get so drunk from sheer volume that none of your senses will be working!) With my other crystal, we could barely smell the wine at all. We weren't tasting a fine wine, either. Rather we were drinking a Charles Shaw Cab, aka "Two-Buck Chuck" that we'd gotten on sale from Trader Joe's. The Riedel brought out the best in even a very inexpensive wine. Now I am buying more glasses--for myself and for friends. We bought a few more cases of "Two-Buck Chuck" too. I wouldn't bother with the cheaper "everyday" Riedel's. These glasses make a $5 red taste more like a $10-$12 red, so it's great to have a good tasting wine for dinner every night without emptying our wallets. These glasses paid for themselves after a few bottles of wine! We are planning a trip to Paris, and I am bringing a set of these glasses for our host, along with a good CA wine. We're going to have a little taste test for fun! Good Riedel's are a must-have for anyone concerned about tasting wine and a wonderful housewarming or hostess present!!!! Have fun and enjoy the great taste of wine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Get the real thing
If you want some real hand made crystal glass.don't buy these Machine made, try the best crysatl item are from Belgium , CRYSTAL Val Saint Lambert.

5-0 out of 5 stars We Love Riedel
The right glass can make your wine taste better -- and, no, I'm not kidding.

Riedel Vinum Extreme weren't just made for great quality and even better style, they are designed specifically to showcase New World wines.

If you like your Cabernets from California or your Shiraz from Australia or your Merlot from Chile, then do yourself a favor and buy a set of these glasses.

A big, deep bowl flares out from the stem, then tapers gently back in towards the top. Not only does this shape perfectly hold the big bouquet of wines with big fruit, it also delivers the wine straight to the perfect spot on your tongue.

We were so impressed with these Cabernet glasses, that we asked for (and got) the Pinot Noir glasses for our wedding. Soon, we'll be getting a set of the Chardonnay, too.

And then we added a wall cabinet with hanging stemware racks to our dry bar, so that we can see this beautiful crystal on display, even when we aren't drinking. ... Read more


7. Spiegelau Authentis Collection White Wine Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $84.00
our price: $41.99
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Asin: B00005V5MK
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Spiegelau
Sales Rank: 966
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Generously sized and tapered toward the rims to intensify andconcentrate bouquet, the six glasses in this set are perfect forserving both red and white wines. Each glass has a capacity of 14-3/4ounces so it can hold a full serving and still have ample evaporationsurface for a wine's full aroma to rise in its tapered chimney. Theglasses are machine-blown of 5 percent lead crystal, providingexcellent transparency and brilliance for showcasing color and clarity.Elegant, finely balanced, lightweight yet sturdy, they have thin rimsto ensure smooth sipping and are dishwasher-safe. Each glass is 8-1/4inches high. Located in a small Bavarian town that bears the company'sname, Spiegelau has been making glassware for nearly 500 years. Wineglasses from Spiegelau's Authentis collection are notable for theirstrength and value. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Set of six--each glass is 8 inches tall, 12 ounces
  • Unique adaptability renders this glass suitable for both reds and whites
  • Can be successfully recommended for those who prefer a single stem
  • 5-percent lead crystal; beautiful and elegant bowl
  • Large surface are for aromatic pleasure

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value, lovely glasses
I bought these glasses because they were a great deal, but once they arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by their excellent quality and their beauty. These Spiegelau Authentis White Wine Glasses have the heft of the Riedel glasses. They feel great in the hand and they make that nice ringing sound of crystal when you toast. The tapered shape does seem to help with the nose of the wine (follow the instructions and only pour wine to the widest part of the glass), and if nothing else, they make you look good at a dinner party. And the best part of all? They seem quite happy to run through the dishwasher, which is great, because washing wineglasses by hand always scares me. After spending three months using both the red and the white Spiegelau glasses, I ordered another set of each, and I'm giving my old Bormiolis away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful glasses at a great price.....
Being a wine connoisseur for years, until now I've used Riedel glasses. Though Riedel makes a great glass, they are also very fragile. Recently I decided to save money and try Spiegelau. I have to say that Spiegelau looks just as good as Riedel, yet costs up to 50% less. Also, it is a slightly more durable glass (though I would not recommend putting them in the dishwasher). In fact, my friends who are used to me serving wines in Riedels have yet to notice a difference.

When it comes down to it, unless you just have to have Riedels just so you can say "why yes, this is a Riedel glass" to your friends (in which you are simply feeding your ego), fine. Also, if money is of no object I'd recommend going with Riedel as well. Other than that, I can't see a reason why anyone would pay the extra money for essentially the same glass. As for the Spiegelau glass itself, it is perfectly sized and beautifully tapered at the top, thus allowing you to swirl your glass without fear of spilling, yet still able to enjoy the aromas as well. It really does enhance the wine compared to the average glass.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice but very fragile
I got mine with the 2 for one deal, so of the 12 glasses, one arrived broken. I asked for cash back and got almost no value (I think the refund mechanism for that deal is broken). So if you get a broken one, ask for a replacement. BTW You don't have to send the non broken ones back.

I like them so far, they are way better than those Anchor Hocking versions that I had. But in the hand they feel like they would break with any misuse. So while the carton says "dishwasher possible" mine are not going near it.

Again Amazon didn't pack one of the two boxes well and that was the box with the busted glass.

BTW if you home, and the UPS delivery guy hands you a box and you give it a shake and it "tinkles", hand it right back to him and ask to fill out a broken as recieved form. Don't even bother to open it up.

On the otherside, everyone seems to rave about how much better their wine tastes in better glasses. For me that's overrated. Maybe my pallett isn't all that refined but good wine still tastes better than bad or really cheap stuff, but neither seems to improve in the glass.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spiegelau Authentis Series
I ordered several sets of each of the four stems in the Authentis series: Bordeaux, Burgundy, White, and Red. I'm extremely happy with the quality and the excellent price. All arrived in fine-order quickly and without a scratch or nick.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy!!
These are wonderful glasses! They are elegant, every glass of wine becomes a wine tasting experience. Definitely worth the price and they make great gifts. ... Read more


8. Riedel Vinum Chianti Classico/Zinfandel Wine Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $120.00
our price: $83.99
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Asin: B00004SZ7X
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 1616
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

One of the more versatile stems among the 19 myriad shapes in Riedel's Vinum line, this glass, model 416/15 to loyalists, hits almost all the food groups. It's called the Chianti Classico glass, referring to the Italian region producing red wines from the Sangiovese grape, but the glass is designed to enhance the nuance and flavor of wines made of Dolcetto or Montepulciano, too. And Zinfandel drinkers--we're talking red Zin here--will find that this glass focuses lots of bright fruit to the nose, rounding off some of the rougher edges of a young red. A 1997 Napa Valley Zinfandel, tasted in both Riedel and "Brand X," bears this out. And lovers of the Riesling grape, take note: this exact same glass is also marketed as the Riedel Vinum series Riesling Grand Cru glass, perfect for both the dry versions as well as the sweeter late harvest renditions of this tasty white. Why, it's a veritable vinous United Nations--Italians, Germans, and North Americans of all colors using an Austrian forum to show off. --Tony Mason ... Read more

Features

  • Height, Capacity: 8 1/4"H, 13 oz.
  • A versatile design for use with Italian red wines, Zinfandel, white Rieslings
  • Machine-made of 24% lead crystal
  • Affordable second-tier from a prestigious name in wine-friendly stemware
  • Made in Austria

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars Small for Red Wine Glasses
These glasses are good quality, and the shape is perfect for Zin or Chianti, but the glasses simply aren't big enough to allow for a decent volume of wine and room at the top of the glass to hold the nose. I love these glasses for white wine though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Everyday Wine Glasses
Upon reading the glowing recommendations of these glasses,we promptly ordered them and now use them almost daily!Excellent for all types of wine,a nice value and a great "beginner" set.A word of caution;they DO scratch easily,treat them with TLC.

5-0 out of 5 stars A much appreciated wedding gift - very useful and beautiful
We received these as a wedding gift and we love them. They feel so balanced in our hands. They also look "quality". My husband isn't much of a wine drinker but he enjoys drinking wine in these. He also likes the way they sound when we clink glasses.

These are the only high-end wine glasses we own and the shape and size of the glasses work for red wine as well as white wine for everday use. Later in our married life I'm sure we'll get more wine glasses for different needs but these are perfect for starters. I'm grateful to the previous reviewers who led me to these glasses which we then registered for.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent glasses for every kind of wine
I use the Riedel vintage cuvee champagne flutes for sparkling wines (416/48), the chianti/zinfandel/riesling (416/15) glasses for white wines and everyday drinking, the syrah/Rhone (416/30) glasses for red wine, and the port glasses (416/60) for port and other fortified wines, dessert wines, and cognac. These glasses form a comprehensive set for me, and the shapes match nicely.

For everyday use, these glasses are much smaller than the glasses designated for other red wines: syrah, cabernet, tempranillo, or burgundy. I prefer the more rounded, narrow mouthed shape to the chardonnay glasses, although those would be my second choice for an all-around glass.

As with all lead-based crystal, be careful washing these. Scratchy sponges, towels with grit, or dinging them with cutlery can easily leave permanent scratches.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for just about any Red wine!
I've done many, many tests on how wine tastes differently in various glass options and in different situations. Riedel is one of the tests that is easy for even beginning drinkers to see the difference in. The flavor is *amazingly* different when you compare the exact same wine in a Riedel glass vs normal wine glasses.

Even if you buy inexpensive wines, you will get much more enjoyment out of them with this glassware compared to other options. If you are buying mid-range wines, the difference will blow you away. Think of the Riedel glass as allowing you to see what the wine in your bottle *really* was meant to taste like.

I *love* not only Chianti but also red Zinfandel wines, and this is perfect for both. In addition, you can use the Chianti glass for a number of other red wine types, and find it greatly enhances the flavor for them all. If you're a red wine lover, definitely give these a try! ... Read more


9. Spiegelau Vino Grande Chardonnay Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $90.00
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B00004SUI8
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Spiegelau
Sales Rank: 464
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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These are the wine glasses you'll pull out every night for dinner, as well as on those special occasions. Their shape enhances the aromas and flavors of any wine. They are durable, dishwasher-safe, and retain their clarity well. And they're color-stable for guaranteed brilliance. The only thing missing with these glasses is the wine itself. --Marcela Broussard ... Read more

Features

  • Made in Denmark
  • Set of six everyday wine glasses
  • Made of high-quality crystal
  • Each glass measures 8-1/2 inches high
  • Dishwasher-safe

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful glasses
We bought two sets of these glasses with the bonus offer. They are worth every penny! At that price we were able to replace all our odd matching glasses and get two full sets of white and red! They sound beautiful when held at the stem to toast. Guests always remark at their fine quality. They are delicate (as they should be) but we've never broken one w/ hand washing and drying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for home entertaining!
I dislike large wine glasses immensely. That's my personal bias, and I didn't enjoy drinking wine from the gargantuan goblets I've had for years, so I bought a six-set of these 12-oz Spiegelaus at a Pottery Barn, and I love them! I had a glass of Sterling in one tonight, and I love the glass, its easy stem, and its perfect size for my face and nose. I love the feel of the glass -- not too heavy, not wimpy; the quality is very, very good, and I love its overall character. The shape is perfect for me and for those who enjoy a smaller-sized bowl or glass shape.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice glasses
I bought several different sets of these while in Singapore, and I've been very happy with them. Not quite to the Riedel standard, but still very nice. Hand wash. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars great value, very durable
I agree with the other reviewer. I just want to add that these glasses have survived hundreds of washings over the years in the dishwasher, and have never shown any signs of wear, including scratching or breaking. great value.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great glasses for everyday
These glasse are great for use at any time, whether you're just having a glass by your self or at a dinner party. Simple elegance and excellent quality at a much lower price point than Riedel's. Not as thin as Riedel but very nice, no distortion of the color and sturdier. If you want serious wine glasses and don't want to spend a fortune, get these. ... Read more


10. Marquis by Waterford Vintage Deep Red Wine Glasses, Set of 4
list price: $49.00
our price: $49.00
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Asin: B00005RE2V
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Waterford Crystal
Sales Rank: 4820
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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For more than 200 years, Waterford has created exceptional crystal admired around the world. In 1991, Waterford and Marquis united to create simpler, more modern designs of equal quality and beauty. The Waterford Marquis Vintage collection showcases classical shapes, while ensuring a contemporary and casual feel that can be used for any occasion.

This set of four 19-1/2-ounce Marquis Vintage deep red wine glasses each stand 8-3/4 inches tall. With an elongated bowl that narrows slightly toward the mouth, this set is specifically proportioned for heavier wines, such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, or syrah. The shape of the bowl allows the wine to breathe properly and for the aroma to be appreciated to its full extent. Waterford recommends washing all fine crystal by hand in moderately hot water with a mixture of mild lemon detergent and ammonia in order to preserve the quality and brilliance of the crystal for many years. In addition, always store crystal stemware upright in order to prevent chipping. --Lea Werbel ... Read more

Features

  • Wash by hand to preserve clarity and brilliance of crystal
  • Set of 4 deep red wine glasses
  • Each glass stands 8-3/4 inches tall and holds 19-1/2 ounces
  • Crafted from fine Austrian crystal
  • Contemporary design with an everyday casual feel

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
I bought four of the Deep Red Wine Glasses approximately 4 years ago and contrary to what the previous reviewer says I have not noticed any special susceptibility to chipping. Mine are in fine shape - though I have NEVER washed them in the dishwasher (always hand washed).

These are not hand blown glasses as more expensive stemware is, but they have a very nice shaped and a relatively thin bowl. The crystal maintains a nice "ring" to it and has a pleasant feel. For the money, these are excellent glasses. I'll be buying another set as I accidentally knocked one glass of my current set off my kitchen counter.

If you're drinking a variety of wine out of the same plain glass (i.e., not crystal) wine glass, I can not stress (though I was dubious at first) what a difference it makes to 1) drink out of crystal, and 2)to match the wine your drinking to the bowl and shape of the stemware. Though not high-end or as specialized as Reidel or Spieglau (or Waterford, for that matter), these glasses are VERY serviceable, indeed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Waterford's Marquis line of stemware...
I bought two (2) sets (8 glasses total) of the Deep Red Wine stemware. The glasses are beautiful, and have the shape and feel of Riedel in many respects.

I must say they chip rather easily, compared to experiences with stemware manufactured by more prestigous companies. Word to the wise--don't put these in a dishwasher. My partner did this, thinking that because it wasn't a 'different' brand name, that they were somehow inferior and thus hardier against the jets. Treat these just like Riedel.

The glasses have a great feel in the hand, and the graft where the stem meets the base is smooth and well polished. The lip of the glass also more than passes muster, it's a sharp edged rim that typically tells the difference between good glasses and bad.

My overall recommendation is that unless your mission with entertaining is to impress with implements (rather than with the wine, the food, the host, etc.), buy these for even the best occasions over Riedel, given that these are nearly half the cost. I believe they offer an equivalent drinking experience. ... Read more


11. Riedel Vinum Syrah/Rhone Wine Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $149.00
our price: $104.99
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Asin: B00004SZ7W
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 4386
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Austria's Riedel is the world's premier manufacturer of wine glasses. Made of 24-percent lead crystal, the Vinum series of glasses are the first machine-made wine glasses to be developed uniquely for each type of wine. Since their introduction in 1986, these wine glasses have had a large influence on the wine culture.

The glasses in this set of six were specifically shaped to highlight the tannins in wines made from the Australian Shiraz variety of grape, such as Amarone, Blaufränkisch, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache, Hermitage Rouge, Malbec, Mourvèdre, Pinotage, Shiraz, and Syrah. The glass shape also provides balance to the intense flavor of this very concentrated wine. Each glass stands 9-1/4 inches high and holds 22-7/8 ounces of wine. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • 9-1/4 inches tall; capacity of 22-7/8 ounces
  • Six glasses for wines made from the Shiraz grape variety
  • Glass design enhances taste of wines such as Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre
  • Machine-made, 24-percent lead crystal
  • Made in Austria by world's premier wine glass maker

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars A direct comparison will clinch the argument
We currently live in France, a country where wine is etched into the national consciousness. We invited some French friends over to compare Australian and French wines of the same grape varieties (chardonnay, cabernet, merlot), but didn't have enough Riedel glasses to go around. Some of us were consistently rating wines lower - and then we realised that they had the non-Riedel glasses. A quick tour of the table with the same wine in the two types of glass convinced everybody of the merits of this glassware. A TIP ON WASHING: one pain is the need to hand-wash these glasses. A sommelier gave us the tip that to avoid breaking Riedels while washing, do not hold the stem to turn the glass while cleaning it. Hold the whole bowl with one hand, while using a wash cloth with the other.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing else will do....
I attended Tulsa Chef Fest 2002 in November and attended a Riedel conducted seminar sampling a series of wines from around the world. I was skeptical but after the seminar I am rabid convert preaching the word. The effect of these glasses on wine is simply amazing. In the subsequent couple of weeks my wife and I purchased several of the Vinum series - "Bordeaux", "Chablis" (Chardonnay), "Sauvignon Blanc" and "Syrah". We will be adding more in time. The Syrah glasses are particular effective at concentrating the nose of the Australian and South African wines we have already enjoyed. Your satisfaction is guaranteed and the price, even at full retail, is worth every penny for the years you will enjoy with this superb glassware.

4-0 out of 5 stars a dip in quality?
There aren't any wine glasses out there that I prefer over the Riedel Vinum series (except the Sommelier of course). I do have one observation though, and this is why I didn't give this glass a 5 star rating: the Vinums that I've purchased in the past 5 months don't seem to be up to the same quality standards of the Vinums I purchased a year ago. The "older" Vinum, which has the logo etched in the base, has a better/cleaner cut rim and the bowl seems to be thinner - making the entire glass look, feel and sound more elegant. The "new" Vinum, which has the logo and "riedel" name etched in the base, has a lip which looks slightly rounded in a side-by-side comparison with the "older" glass and the bowl/glass itself seems thicker. Maybe Riedel made some changes to improve durability, but I like my old Riedels better. All in all, as I said at the beginning of this review, there is nothing better out there than the Riedel Vinum series (as long as you don't pay full retail)....

5-0 out of 5 stars HUGE glasses are beautiful and nicely balanced
I rushed right out and got a set of Riedel Syrah Vinum series stemware after being served wine in them at a restaurant. I simply hadn't been convinced by the press or seeing them in stores. But having used them for a month, I can say that they've made a world of difference in my enjoyment.

Oenophiles (like me) will tell you that the choice of glass will determine how your wine is aerated based on how much surface area is exposed, and how the escaping fumes are concentrated, based on size and shape of bowl above the level of a filled glass. This does wonders for balancing fruit and acidity, especially on the nose. You might want a bunch of Riedel stemware to match with your wine if you are no longer challenged by food pairings.

In addition to taste, the 24% lead crystal is perfect for evaluating the hue, intensity, and clarity of wine, the glasses are perfectly balanced for swirling, and they are perfectly shaped for evaluating the nose of a nice syrah (Rhone, California), aka shiraz (Australia). They will also work for grenache (Chateauneuf), mourvedre (Bandol) or big zinfandels (California). The elegant styling doesn't hurt, either. One word of warning, though: these glasses are massive, and cry out for sizable plates and cutlery to match.

Does Riedel's stemware deserve its great press and near cliche status? Yes, without a doubt. Simply go to your local department store and compare other crystal stemware. Riedel's actually not that expensive, either. I haven't compared the Vinum series stemware (machine made crystal) against Riedel's Sommelier series (hand blown, two to three times as expensive), but the Vinum stems appear absolutely flawless. My only complaint is the tiny, some might even say tasteful, logo etched on the foot; you probably won't notice it unless you're as vehemently anti-logo as me.

With six of these glasses and a bottle of Hermitage, you won't have trouble rounding up five friends with whom to enjoy an evening.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite wine, my favorite wine glasses
I received the Riedel Syrah glasses as a gift after lusting after them for ages. I now wish I'd just bought them for myself. My husband and I did a side-by-side tasting of a yummy Rhone in our regular glasses and in the Riedels. No comparison, the Riedels are great. Plus, they're beautiful! ... Read more


12. Riedel Sommeliers Series Chablis-Chardonnay Glass, Packed in a Gift Tube
list price: $60.00
our price: $41.99
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Asin: B00006E9SQ
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 10777
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Handmade of mouth-blown full-lead crystal, this wine glass isfrom Riedel's top-of-the-line Sommeliers collection and is for thosewho take their wine seriously. The classic design is understated enoughfor an after-work glass of wine and elegant enough to dress a holidaytable. The glass is specifically shaped to balance the fruit andacidity in white wines such as Chablis, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, whiteBurgundy, white Bordeaux, Pinot Grigio, or Viognier. Each glass weighsa substantial 10 ounces and holds 12-1/4 ounces of wine. It stands8-1/2 inches high with a 3-inch wide bowl. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • All hand made and mouth blown by skilled artisans
  • Riedel is committed to bringing you the world's premier wine glasses which deliver the wine to your palate in a way that enhances and accentuates the wine's enjoyable complexities
  • Full lead crystal
  • We're Celebrating Riedel's Sommeliers series 30th Anniversary by bringing you a more complete assortment of the Sommeleirs line!
  • Riedel delivers this Sommeliers glass with elegance in its own stylish gift tube with the Riedel logo

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars A bit too fragile
The glass looks great. But as I held it in my hand, and believe me please, gently dried the inside with a paper towel, the stem snapped in my fingers. I can't tell you just how little pressure was applied and now that's $60 bucks down the tubes after only 2 glasses of wine!

5-0 out of 5 stars Answer to the alex's question.
One (Single Stem). These are fantastic stemware they lack the seam that is visable on the Vinum glasses. They make perfect gifts for a wine lover friend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not enought info
Does not say how many in a set ... Read more


13. Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux Grand Cru, Single Stem
list price: $95.00
our price: $66.49
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Asin: B00006E9SP
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 1666
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Handmade of mouth-blown full lead crystal, this wine glass isfrom Riedel's top-of-the-line Sommeliers collection and is for thosewho take their wine seriously. Visually impressive, this gigantic glasswas developed in 1959 to enhance the flavor of younger Bordeaux regionwines. The glass shape is specifically intended to intensify thetexture and blend the acidity with the sweet tannins in wines such asred Bordeaux, Brunello di Montalcino, Cabernet Franc, CabernetSauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Sangiovese, Sangiovese Grosso, andTempranillo. The large bowl brings out the depth of contemporary winesin the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot families andallows room for rich layers of aroma to unfold in both young and moremature wines. The glass weighs a substantial 14 ounces and holds 30-3/8ounces of wine. It stands 10-5/8 inches high with a 4-inch wide bowl.--Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • 10-5/8 inches tall; 4 inches wide
  • Glass design enhances taste of red wines such as Red Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Handmade, mouth-blown full lead crystal
  • Large bowl allows wine to breathe, emphasizes depth in contemporary wines
  • Weighs 14 ounces; holds 30-3/8 ounces

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but depends on how much you like wine.
I own a modest set (8 different stems) of Sommelier glasses for my own tasting purposes, and believe that they are worth every penny to me, personally. The quality of the Sommelier stems cannot be emphasized enough - even over the Vinum series.

They are, in every way, extremely delicate. Very thin walls, thin stems, and beautiful craftsmanship. As long as you are careful with them, they will bring your fine wines into a completely new light. They will allow you to intimately taste the wine in perfect balance.

But if you are not a serious wine drinker, stick with the Vinum series. The Vinum series is more than enough. I go to weekly wine tastings at my local wine shop where they serve the wine in cheap ($1 ... maybe) glasses that actually mask the wine's flavors and bring out the harsh qualities while supressing any smells or tastes that would actually allow you to evaluate the wine properly. I started to bring a basic Vinum glass, and the difference was unbelievable. When at home comparing the Vinum and Sommelier series, however, the difference is much less pronounced. If you use a glass that doesn't kill the wine's flavor, that's enough. The added pleasure of the Sommelier series lies mostly in its lighter, more delicate construction. Honestly, I'm not sure how much of it is purely psychological, but it just FEELS good to hold your wine in a delicate work of art.

I say mostly, because these glasses are BIG. Some of my friends have threatened to turn my glasses into fish bowls. This added size pulls apart the wine, letting you move your nose around in and above the glass to discover everything that the Vinum series might compress into a smaller space.

Overall, buying a few Sommelier stems would do your finer wines a favor, but for everyday drinking, or for those who aren't complete yuppies like myself, the Vinum Series is just fine.

1-0 out of 5 stars second quality
I have bought Riedel stems from other sources and loved them. The 4 stems purchased ... were all seriously flawed. One arrived shattered, one had numerous bubbles throughout, another had a chip on the rim and the last had large ripples running through the glass. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best glass available
Sommelier line from Riedel glasses are definitely the highest quality glass available and will present your wines in the best light and nose available. With cabernets at all time highs, why not invest in a quality glass to insure your enjoyment of your wine? ... Read more


14. Spiegelau Vino Grande Red Wine Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $90.00
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B00004SUI6
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Spiegelau
Sales Rank: 1310
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This set of simple but elegant crystal wine glasses would grace the simplest outdoor picnic as well as a multicourse formal meal in the dining room. The glasses are 9 inches tall, 2-1/2 inches across the top, and 3 inches across the wider portion of the tulip shape. They have very thin stems and wide, stable bottoms that won't tip easily--a design bonus, since no one likes trying to clean red wine out of a tablecloth. A set of these glasses would make a lovely housewarming or wedding gift, along with a select bottle from your favorite winery. --Marcie Bovetz ... Read more

Features

  • Hand wash with mild detergent
  • Excellent for serving larger portions of red wine
  • 9 inches tall, 2-1/2-inch diameter across top of glass
  • Elegant design with thin stems
  • Made in Germany

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love these Glasses
These glasses are beautiful. Although I could never seriously consider spending the money for Riedels, I did handle one at the liquor store. I prefer the balance of the Spiegelau.
Most important, the wine tastes better in these quality glasses than in the inexpensive "no names." We enjoyed a Cabernet in our new glasses. Then to make sure I wasn't just imagining that it tasted better in my new purchase, I poured some wine in my old glasses. My husband's response to the wine in our old glasses was "What's wrong with this wine." Maybe we should have tasted from the old glasses then from the new ones. Even with all of the write-ups I never dreamed it would make that much difference.

5-0 out of 5 stars *Better* than Riedel for every day use
I strongly dispute the previous reviewer. I own a winery and have experienced most every stemware made. I use these Spiegelau glasses for every-day use, and LOVE THEM. In contrast to what one reviewer said, I find them slightly thicker than the Riedels, and hence -- as s/he noted -- they don't break nearly as often. The shape is very elegant; slightly more modern or contemporary. These Vino Grande Reds work well for both reds and whites, and you don't need to worry about them breaking. 1) they don't break as often, and 2) they are a fraction of the price. I have bought three dozen of them, and have NEVER seen any flaws or imperfections. I find the quality every bit as good as Riedel. My Riedels are pulled out when I want to "impress" a wine writer. Otherwise, it's Spiegelau for me!

5-0 out of 5 stars great everyday glass for the wine enthusiast
OK so these are not Riedels, but at this price, who cares? These glasses are very similar in shape to Riedel Vinum glasses (NOT Vinum Extreme) but are a bit less weighty, and appear to be made of slightly thinner glass. However, once you start using these glasses you will not notice the difference. I bought the Spiegelau glasses because I got sick and tired of paying $15+ per stem to replace my Riedels after breaking them -- after all, I would rather spend the money buying wine, not glasses, wouldn't you? I got a great deal (buy the bord stems and get the burg stems free) from Amazon and bought two dozen. I have been very pleased and have not broken a single stem. The glasses look nice and are excellent for tastings -- and at this price useful for larger group tastings. I wash them in the dishwasher with no problem. You can pay 2-3X more for Riedels but I bet you won't be able to tell the difference. Also, since they are less expensive than the Riedels, you don't have to be overly concerned about breakage. All-in-all a great glass and a great value -- highly recommended if you are serious about wine of if you just want a set of good looking stems that won't break the bank.

4-0 out of 5 stars good product as described.
This glass doesn't change the world but is everything it is promised.

1-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Riedel
You can compare this brand all you want to Riedel...but you get what you pay for. Imperfections are one thing, but gross lack of quality control is something altogether different. You can do much better with your money if you shop (...) discount rack. I bought these glasses as an affordable gift and was too embarrassed to actually give them.
Why so harsh? Don't claim to have a world class product, charge people exorbitant amounts for it, and then offer up what would not pass for "seconds" at any reputable glass/crystal retail store.
Am I snobby? NO! Spoiled, maybe. Just tired of false boasting about second rate overpriced products. Spend a few extra dollars and avoid the frustration, please! ... Read more


15. Riedel Vinum Extreme Pinot Noir/Burgundy Wine Glass, Set of 4
list price: $120.00
our price: $83.99
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Asin: B00005NJET
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 2763
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Founded in 1756, Austria's Riedel Crystal is the world'spremier manufacturer of wine glasses. The Vinum Extreme series ofglasses are machine-made of diamond-shaped 24 percent lead crystal.These glass shapes, with a unique angular look, dramatic oversizedbowls, and extra-tall stems, were introduced in 1986 to support theincreasingly dense consistency of wines. The design provides anexceptionally wide evaporation surface, thereby intensifying a wine'sbouquet and silky texture.

The glasses in this set of four were specifically shaped to highlightthe fruit in full-bodied red wines with high acidity and moderatetannin, such as Barbaresco, Barolo, Beaujolais Grand Cru, Red Burgundy,Gamay, Nebbiolo, and Pinot Noir. The mouth of the Pinot Noir glassesdraws wine to the areas of the tongue that perceive sweetness,highlighting the fruit and mellowing the acidity. The large bowlprovides room for the wine's rich bouquet to unfold. Each glass stands9-1/2 inches high with a 4-1/2-inch wide bowl and holds 29-5/8 ouncesof wine. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • 9-1/2 inches tall; 4-1/2 inches wide; capacity of 29-5/8 ounces
  • 4 large, dramatically shaped glasses for full-bodied red wines
  • Glass design enhances taste of wines such as Pinot Noir, Red Burgundy, and Beaujolais Grand Cru
  • Machine-made, diamond-shaped 24-percent lead crystal; oversized bowls and extra-tall stems
  • Made in Austria by world's premier wine glass maker

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Miss those wonderfully oversized red wine glasses from all those hip, '80s restaurants? Well, they're back.

Looking for a glass wide enough in the bottom third to allow proper aeration, but narrow enough at the top to properly focus the nose of a good Burgundy? Well, here it is.

Want something with a dramatic look, but without the pretention of Waterford-type stemware? Well, then look no further.

Riedel has made a Burgundy/Pinot Noir wine glass with all the volume, functionality, and looks you could ever want.

We received four of these as a wedding gift, and we'll be buying more as we're able. Vinum Extreme not only looks great on the table, but each glass is designed to perfectly show off the color and enhance the flavor of your favorite wines.

Just be sure to order a set of the Bordeaux/Cabernet Sauvignon glasses, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Piece of Work
When I first heard about the Vinum Extreme line from Riedel, I was rather skeptical. From a logical standpoint, I saw no reason to improve upon the existing Vinum line. However, may I say that upon seeing the Extreme Series first hand rather than as a two dimensional picture, the design characteristics are in fact, quite stunning.

With regard to how these glasses perform, I cannot purport to be a true oenophile that would be able to discern and discuss the subtle nuances these glasses may divulge about a particular wine. I also could not say as to whether the Extreme Series outperforms the Vinum line either. However, as a person that does appreciate wine and finely made objects such as these, and as an owner of other sets of the Vinum line, the Extreme Series does offer a striking and angular contrast to the rounded shape of the Vinum Series. The more I look at the Vinum Extreme Pinot Noirs, the more I like them.

Buyers be aware however, that the Extremes only come in sets of four rather than six. Also, these glasses are much bigger than I thought they would be. In any event, if you purchase these glasses, I seriously doubt that you will be disappointed with your purchase. Enjoy! ... Read more


16. Spode Christmas Tree Wine Goblets, Set of 4
list price: $45.00
our price: $24.99
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Asin: B0000CENDI
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Spode
Sales Rank: 685
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A favorite since 1938, Spode Christmas Tree dinnerware creates an air of merriment with its image of a lovingly decorated evergreen. In this set of four wine goblets, the tree is executed in fine detail on the front of the bowl, while sprigs of mistletoe decorate the sides. The tree's festive ornaments, old-fashioned presents, and charming Santa tree-topper are both cheering and enduring. A band of 22-carat gold around the rim of every goblet adds a gleaming accent. Suitable for wine, spritzers, or water, the glasses are a fun way to add holiday spirit to plain dinnerware or create a completely coordinated table with Christmas Tree place settings. Spode recommends washing the goblets by hand for best preservation of the gold. --Emily Bedard ... Read more

Features

  • Washing by hand is recommended to protect gold trim
  • 4 12-ounce wine goblets trimmed in 22-carat gold; 7-1/4 inches by 3 inches
  • Made of high-quality glass with bright imagery
  • Ideal for entertaining and buffet service; highly collectible
  • Matches Christmas Tree dinnerware, serveware, and accessories

17. Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc Wine Glasses, Set of 6
list price: $135.00
our price: $94.99
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Asin: B00004SZ86
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 1433
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Sauvignon Blanc can be the Jekyll and Hyde of the wine-grape world. At its best, it'll make wines redolent of minerals and crisp lemon/lime. At its sloppiest, it'll evoke fond reminiscence of eating gooseberry fool beside a cat's litter box. So forgive Austrian glassmaker Riedel if their Sauvignon Blanc glass won't turn kitty pee into Sancerre; this glass will at least highlight the qualities of a decent Fumé. Manufactured in full lead oxide crystal, this is a redesign of a previous Sauvignon glass. Tasting a Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino, California's Alexander Valley in three different glasses was revealing. Poured into a competitor's crystal, the wine was all tartness and steely lemon. The earlier Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc glass (no. 416/3, now called the Beaujolais Nouveau glass) softened the same wine, bringing the acidity into harmony with notes of pear and vanilla. But this glass, no. 416/33, refined the wine still further; its larger-capacity bowl with wider, more tapered rim brought out still more fruit and tamed the acidity one more notch while maintaining the wine's balance. It may not have been an experiment worthy of Dr. Henry J himself, but Riedel's glass shows that a nice Sauvignon should have nothing to Hyde. --Tony Mason ... Read more

Features

  • Height, Capacity: 8 1/2"H, 12 1/3 oz.
  • Designed specially for dry Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc-, and Semillon-based wines
  • Machine-made of 24% lead crystal
  • Affordable second-tier from a prestigious name in wine-friendly stemware
  • Made in Austria by reowned wine-glass maker

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing else will do......
I attended Tulsa Chef Fest 2002 in November and attended a Riedel conducted seminar sampling a series of wines from around the world. I was skeptical but after the seminar I am rabid convert preaching the word. The effect of these glasses on wine is simply amazing. In the subsequent couple of weeks my wife and I purchased several of the Vinum series - "Bordeaux", "Chablis" (Chardonnay), "Sauvignon Blanc" and "Syrah". We will be adding more in time. The Syrah glasses are particular effective at concentrating the nose of the Australian and South African wines we have already enjoyed. Your satisfaction is guaranteed and the price, even at full retail, is worth every penny for the years you will enjoy with this superb glassware.

5-0 out of 5 stars Make Your Wine Look and Taste Better
For years I've noticed that excellent restaurants all use Riedel glasses. Finally I gave in and bought some. I wish I bought them sooner. These glasses make wine look and taste the best it can. For the price of a few bottles of mid-priced wine, you can make all your wine taste better.

5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect pairing with Sauv B
I've done many, many tests on how wine tastes differently in various glass options and in different situations. Riedel is one of the tests that is easy for even beginning drinkers to see the difference in. The flavor is *amazingly* different when you compare the exact same wine in a Riedel glass vs normal wine glasses.

Even if you buy inexpensive wines, you will get much more enjoyment out of them with this glassware compared to other options. If you are buying mid-range wines, the difference will blow you away. Think of the Riedel glass as allowing you to see what the wine in your bottle *really* was meant to taste like.

Sauvignon Blanc is a great white wine with seafood and fish dishes. If you're grilling these up for summer picnics, give this wine and glassware a try!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Crystal Wineglasses
Chilled Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite California white wine to serve with most fish and seafood entrées. It also is a good wine to drink with cheese, fruit, and bread. Riedel is the premier name in Austrian leaded crystal stemware, and the "Vinum" series is their affordable line. The artisans of Riedel have designed stemware to accomodate grape-to-glass, as is perfectly shown in these beautiful Sauvignon Blanc glasses. ... Read more


18. Riedel Ouverture White Wine Glasses, Set of 4
list price: $44.00
our price: $30.99
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Asin: B000069CF1
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 478
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Perfect for everyday use, the four white-wine glasses in thisset are part of the moderately priced Ouverture series offered byworld-renowned Austrian wineglass maker Riedel Crystal (founded in1756). Being lead-free, they're not crystal like Riedel's premiumglasses but are machine blown of potash glass and are dishwasher-safe.Their thin rims are cut and polished to Riedel's exacting standards, sowine flows easily onto the tongue. Each glass holds 9-7/8 ounces andstands 7-1/8 inches high. Though glasses shaped and sized for differenttypes of wine seem commonplace today, when Riedel introduced this ideain 1961, it was revolutionary. Since then Riedel has continuedfine-tuning glasses to bring out the best characteristics in wines andspirits. Varying bowls' shapes and sizes affects the position of thehead when sipping and where wine first contacts the tongue's varioustaste zones. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Made by world renowned wineglass makers
  • 4 glasses shaped for serving white wines
  • Machine-blown of lead-free potash glass
  • Cut-and-polished rims so wine flows easily onto tongue
  • Each holds 9-7/8 ounces, stands 7-1/8 inches high

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Question. No review.
Recently, I purchased a set of four red wine glasses for $25.oo. Riedel was written on the carton; however, the sticker on the glass said "Made in Germany, Tyrol Crystal, designed by Riedel." Surely I have knock-offs. I would appreciate a professional opinion. By the way, I have not used them yet so I do not know if they enhance the bouquet. Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great size and feel
Since we bust up wine glasses with distressing regularity, this inexpensive set by a name manufacturer seemed like a good bet. We haven't been disappointed. The size and shape are good, and the quality of the glass and finish are excellent. Best of all, they can go in the dishwasher!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Best for Everyday Wine Glasses
I own dozens of wine glasses from the most expensive lead crystal to winery logo glasses. I also have a set of Reidel Vinum's as well. I bought these for everyday/dishwasher use. Wow! Both the Red and White are wonderful... I side by side taste tested (glass to glass) my Chardonnay (yes, mine) and the White Wine Glass was way above average and perfect for everyday. Frankly, white wine dosen't need a snifter glass as some do...Tip: It also helps to not fill the glass to the top and please don't freeze the Chardonnay!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money on the White Wine Glasses
I got the package deal, 4 white and 4 red wine glasses. The white wine glasses have too small an opening to be of any use to a real wine drinker, since you can't get your nose "in" to smell the wine and that is the essence of wine tasting. The reds are okay, but I'll be using them for white wine (when I opened the box, I first thought the reds were the white wine glasses!). I have Reidel crystal wine glasses (which cost a small fortunate and were received as wedding gifts many years ago) and was looking for a cheaper alternative (due to breakage over the years), but I doubt I will ever use the white wine glasses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, inexpensive - great for beginning oenophiles!
If you're like me, you'd rather put your hard-earned money towards nice wines than on overpriced glassware. However, wine just doesn't taste the same if you drink it out of a plastic cup (yes, I am a college student). These entry-level glasses from Riedel fit the bill perfectly for my needs and are a great value for the price. The nose is enhanced, the taste is more pronounced, and the overal wine experience is heightened by using a high quality glass like this one. Plus, if one of them accidently gets broken, at [a small price per]/glass its not a big deal. However, I wouldn't trust the dishwasher with these glasses even though the description says you can. And yes, they are not crystal but they are very close at a fraction of the price. Highly recommended. ... Read more


19. Block Crystal Stockholm Collection 11-Ounce Goblet
list price: $70.00
our price: $48.99
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Asin: B0000CFNY1
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Block Crystal
Sales Rank: 58859
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The brilliant cobalt blue of the Swedish flag is captured in this 11-ounce goblet from Block Crystal's Stockholm Collection. Striking in its Scandinavian simplicity, the nonleaded glass goblet tapers only slightly between the tall cobalt bowl and clear, thick base that uniquely showcases a trapped air bubble. Perfect as a water or iced tea glass, the goblet makes a colorful, contemporary statement when paired with the elegant Stockholm pitcher. Matching wine and bar glasses are also available. Washing by hand will ensure the longevity of this goblet, which is made in Poland. --Ann Bieri ... Read more

Features

  • Hand-washing recommended; made in Poland
  • 11-ounce Stockholm goblet in contemporary Scandinavian styling
  • Made of brilliant cobalt blue nonleaded glass
  • Clear heavy base uniquely showcases a trapped bubble
  • Coordinates with other Stockholm glassware and barware

20. Riedel Ouverture Magnum Glasses, Set of 4
list price: $44.00
our price: $30.99
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Asin: B000069CF2
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Riedel
Sales Rank: 1314
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Perfect for everyday use, the four extra-large red-wine glassesin this set are part of the moderately priced Ouverture series offeredby world-renowned Austrian wineglass maker Riedel Crystal (founded in1756). Being lead-free, they're not crystal like Riedel's premiumglasses but are machine blown of potash glass and are dishwasher-safe.Their thin rims are cut and polished to Riedel's exacting standards, sowine flows easily onto the tongue. Each glass holds 18-5/8 ounces andstands 7-7/8 inches high, and their large bowls help release a wine'saroma, concentrating it in the narrower tops for full enjoyment. Thoughglasses shaped and sized for different types of wine seem commonplacetoday, when Riedel introduced this idea in 1961, it was revolutionary.Since then Riedel has continued fine-tuning glasses to bring out thebest characteristics in wines and spirits. Varying bowls' shapes andsizes affects the position of the head when sipping and where winefirst contacts the tongue's various taste zones. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Made by world renowned wineglass makers
  • 4 extra-large glasses shaped for serving red wines
  • Machine-blown of lead-free potash glass
  • Cut-and-polished rims so wine flows easily onto tongue
  • Each holds 18-5/8 ounces, stands 7-7/8 inches high

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great starting point...
A nice first step toward seriously enjoying wine. The technical part of the Riedel design has merit, I'm sure, but like the right new suit, a classy wine glass adds another dimension to fine living.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like Riedel !!!
We were first introduced to Riedel by a cousin of mine. He and his wife were here for his mother's funeral. Ann wife and I had done considerable leg work for the funeral since my cousins live in New Mexico and a long way from Central Texas. They took us out to eat one night and we were discussing wines when he made the statement that wines were fantastically enhanced when using Riedel crystal wine glasses. This led to a lengthy discussion, the upshot of which was that Ann and I had never used anything from Riedel. About two weeks later we received a package from my cousin and his wife that contained 4 Riedel Magnum glasses. We put them "in service" that evening. Drinking red wine from these wonderful glasses is a very rewarding experience-----as my cousin said, there is nothing like Riedel! Since that day, we have purchased more Magnums as well as some Riedel White Wine glasses.

Wine drinkers owe it to themselves to try Riedel. You don't have to be a connoisseur to immediately notice the difference between Riedel and other wine glasses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Riedel Ouverture Magnum Glasses
Great size glass to use for water or soda which adds
beauty to a table instead of a heavy glass.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love them!
Ok, so they're not the vinum line. But for those of us who haven't use vinum, these are superb! Love the size, the feel, etc. Great glass for the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great glasses
Just wanted to second the motion that these are great glasses. They are not too large someone needs to let Dave know that wine glasses are not designed to be filled to the brim unless you're some kind of goof. ... Read more


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