The Only Wine Glass You'll Ever Need
Sometimes it seems like there are more wine glass options out there than wine varietals themselves. What’s an oenophile low on shelf space to do?Perhaps this sounds familiar: In your favorite wine bar, a pinot noir is poured into a large, wide Burgundy glass. Riesling, on the other hand, is presented in something tall and slender. As for Champagne? It's hardly ever served in anything but a dainty flute. Certainly there's a reason to stock a range of glassware—the shape of a glass can help funnel a wine’s aromas or develop its flavors—but unfortunately, many wine lovers don’t have the storage for a myriad of stemware.
We asked five sommeliers to name the one glass that can handle almost any pour, sparkling included. Here are their favorites.
“Riedel’s Ouverture all-purpose red glass is the most versatile, affordable, durable, and practical wine glass. It's a good way to highlight a wide variety of wines with a single glass—and the super reasonable price point makes it accessible to anyone.
“My go-to for at-home consumption would be a Spiegelau Bordeaux glass. At roughly $7 a stem, it’s affordable, practical, and durable, yet the glass still feels elegant in your hand.Beyond that, I'd pick this glass for its versatility. I do believe that different wines belong in different glasses, but if you had to settle on one style, I think a Bordeaux glass checks the most boxes. Bordeaux glasses have larger bowls than a white wine glass, and although not as wide as a Burgundy glass, are still large enough to allow for plenty of aeration—and therefore the enjoyment of a wider variety of wines.”
Spiegelau Winelovers Bordeaux wine glass, set of 4, $30 on Amazon.com
"The glass that most sommeliers I know are obsessed with—and it is nearly impossible to disagree with—is the Zalto Universal Glass.
"At Gwen, we have custom-made crystal glassware, which were designed by our director of operations, Ben Aviram, and are hand-blown in Austria. Unfortunately, they are not available for retail. Prior to our glasses existing, I'd have to say my favorite versatile Burgundy stemware is Zalto’s.