Crystal Wine Glasses

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Top 10 Best Crystal Wine Glasses

Although most guests tend to focus on the type of wine served at a party, there are still plenty who favor the importance of the vessel in which that same wine is served to them—and a great host will know just how to satisfy both types of guests. Determining the occasion, the wine variety and, importantly, the type of glass can greatly elevate your guests’ experience. Here are some of the benefits (and drawbacks) to using crystal wine glasses: 

Did You Know? The type of wine glass you use can really impact the flavor you get when drinking, be sure to read our guides on red wine glasses, and white wine glasses to understand the subtle yet important differences.

PROS

· Crystal is a sophisticated and luxurious alternative to standard wine glasses. They can add an elevated level of flair to any party or social occasion and, if treated correctly, can last for decades.  

· Unlike standard glass, crystal is often mouth-blown and hand-finished with precision care. Mouth-blown crystal is generally light and thin and looks much more refined than machine-made glass. When held up to a light source, crystal refracts it, capturing it in a prism that creates a rainbow. This explains why wines and champagnes sparkle and emit a much higher level of vibrancy when poured into a crystal goblet. 

· Fine crystal not only gives the look of luxury but also emits a clearer, more melodious sound. Try this: tap your fingernail delicately along the rim of a crystal glass. You will notice the harmonious and pleasant tone it creates. Comparably, a standard glass vessel gives off a dull noise. If you’ve ever seen people make music by rubbing a wet finger around the rim of a wine glass, they’re likely using one made of crystal.

· As crystal glasses tend to be favored by wine connoisseurs, they are often crafted with much greater care. For example, many glassware manufacturers specializing in crystal will design their glasses to complement wines. The stem, at which the glass should always be held (keeping your hand on the bowl can alter the temperature of your wine) is typically long and slender, yet sturdy; the mouth and bowl are often generous and allow for proper aeration which greatly affects a wine’s taste. 

· It is easier to produce glasses when using fine crystal. The glasses are spun thin—without sacrificing strength—and typically finished with a high-temperature hardening treatment that bolsters clarity while also protecting the product from scratches and chips. In fact, despite its delicacy, crystal is actually heavier than a similar piece made in glass.

CONS

The history of crystal is fascinating and well worth researching. But there are a few distinctions to watch out for before you shop.

· Crystal glassware made its first appearance at dinner tables centuries ago. During manufacturing in those days, lead oxide was frequently added to the material, giving crystal its marked distinction from the popular glass. Once it was discovered that lead was a carcinogen, glass again became the preferred product and crystal went out of favor. Nowadays, lead-free crystal options are practically standard and readily available. 

· Due to the naturally porous nature of crystal, you may find yourself spending a little extra time during clean-up. While standard glass wine goblets can be placed in the dishwasher, the crystal glasses should always be washed by hand—and then immediately dried with a dishtowel to avoid leaving streaks.

· Despite being naturally sturdy, the thinness of crystal can make it more susceptible to breaking under certain conditions. You should never wash crystal glassware in water that is too hot, nor should you leave a crystal glass in the fridge or freezer. Additionally, although you may want to keep your crystal glassware on display, if you have young children and/or pets, it is best to store them in a closed cupboard, out of reach. 

Every household should contain a set of lead-free crystal glasses – even if you don’t plan on sharing them with friends. Crystal wine glasses can be practical and precious; they are a statement piece, a status symbol, an elevated family luxury that can last for generations. And, hopefully, now you can determine for yourself whether they are right for you. The outcome looks crystal clear. Of course, if the occasion is not meriting the use of your best crystal ware – you might want to consider plastic wine glasses instead, or if you want to try a fresh look check out these stemless wine glasses.

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