With so many types of glass available, it can be tricky to determine your crystal from your soda, however our buying guide makes the quest much easier. From champagne (or prosecco) flutes to a chalice for your favourite ale, we’ve got glassware covered; time to get the corks popping…

MATERIALS
Buying Guide Glassware Materials

Soda Glasses

Soda glasses are generally inexpensive, which makes them perfect for everyday use. They often come in a range of colours.

Crystal Glasses

Crystal is heavy and durable making it the perfect choice for high quality glasses.

Lead Crystal Glasses

Lead crystal has a higher index of refraction than normal glass and therefore it has more of a sparkle. Lead crystal is the clearest and heaviest of all glassware and is the ultimate in luxury dining.

WINE GLASSES
Buying Guide Glassware Wine Glasses

White Wine

White wine glasses are a narrower and smaller tulip, which allows chilled wines to maintain their temperature for longer. There is also less need to aerate the wine.

Red Wine

Red wine needs a wider, rounder bowl that allows the wine to breathe. This not only allows maximum exposure to the air, but also adds a note of drama to the table. This style of glass directs wine to the tip of the tongue.

Champagne Flutes

One of the most recognisable pieces of glassware is the narrow champagne flute or tulip. This prolongs the “bead” (bubbles) of sparkling wine and preserves its chill.

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SPECIAL OCCSAION GLASSES
Buying Guide Glassware Special Occasion

Cocktail Glasses

The ultimate party glass, a short cocktail is best served in a martini glass, whereas a long cocktail with high ratio of mixer to alcohol is served in a hiball.

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Shot Glasses

Designed for drinks with high alcohol content, these are meant to be enjoyed quickly or used as measurements. Perfect for spirits such as tequila and vodka.

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Spirit Glasses

Much like a wine glass, a snifter glass is formed especially for aged spirits. When you cup the bulb of the glass, it releases flavours with the warming effect.

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Beer and Cider Glasses

Just like wine, there are many different types of beer to suit different glasses. Choose a tall, slender glass for a lager, and a shorter, wider glass for bitter.

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Decanter

A wide bowled container that allows the wine to breathe, with a stopper to prevent spillages.

Carafe

A carafe is traditionally used as a container for liquids without design requirements that would affect the taste of the drink.

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GLASS CARE
Buying Guide Glassware Glass Care

Although many glasses can be put in the dishwasher, we recommend that you wash wine glasses by hand with mild dishwashing soap.

To avoid pressure on fragile rims, always store glasses the right way up.