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Drinkware Buying Guide
When you’re entertaining, you break out the good china and silverware—and you need the drinkware to go with it. So what makes for the best drinkware for entertaining? Our drinkware guide gives you info on the different types of drinkware material, construction, and glasses so you can choose drinkware that will make your table proud.

 Drinkware Materials

 Drinkware Construction
Hand Blown: This is the preferred method for stemware, since it can produce thinner glass. This is ideal for wine because it keeps the wine cooler and allows wine to flow more smoothly onto the tongue.
Machine-Made: This method shapes the molten glass using compressed air. This method is less labor intensive and so more affordable. Some manufacturers create combination glass that have hand blown bowls with machine-made stems.

 Types of Glasses

There are almost as many different types of drinking glasses as there are drinks, so think about what you drink most often before deciding what type of glasses to buy. Below we’ve listed the most common types of stemware that you’ll want to have on hand for entertaining (not considering bar, cocktail, and beer glasses). You can purchase stemware in suites (a standard suite includes a goblet, champagne glass, and wine glass for each setting), or buy individual pieces to suit your needs.
Goblet: This all-purpose glass can be used to serve any drink in a formal setting.
Red wine glass: This glass has a large bowl to allow the wine to breathe, which amplifies the flavors. The tapered rim concentrates the flavors toward your mouth as you drink.
White wine glass: This glass is smaller and more narrow than a red wine glass, since white wine has a more limited aroma. This keeps the wine cooler and prevents it from becoming over oxidized.
Stemless wine glass: These stemless tumblers are good for everyday or casual use with all types of wine. Expensive wines are better served in stemware, as the stem keeps your hand from heating the wine.
Champagne flute: Also called a sparkling wine glass, this glass has a tall, narrow bowl that preserves bubbles and keeps the drink cool.
Iced beverage glass: This versatile glass is used to serve water, juice, iced tea, and other cold beverages.
There are almost as many different types of drinking glasses as there are drinks, so think about what you drink most often before deciding what type of glasses to buy. Below we’ve listed the most common types of stemware that you’ll want to have on hand for entertaining (not considering bar, cocktail, and beer glasses). You can purchase stemware in suites (a standard suite includes a goblet, champagne glass, and wine glass for each setting), or buy individual pieces to suit your needs.