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The Complete Guide to Glassware

Welcome to your complete guide to glassware. Glassware comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles from an abundance of talented designers. So it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Whether you're stocking up for a special occasion or upgrading your everyday glasses, we’re here to help. 

In this glassware guide, we’ll give you all the information you need to choose the right glasses for your needs. We’ll also explain the difference between red and white wine glasses, and give examples of the best wine and champagne glasses. 

What’s the difference between red and white wine glasses?

Red wine glasses: Red wine glasses are typically larger and have a wider bowl than white wine glasses. This allows more air to come into oxidise with the wine, which helps to open up its flavours. The wider bowl also allows for a larger surface area, which helps to release the wine's tannins, allowing for a smoother finish.

White wine glasses: White wine glasses are usually smaller and have a more U-shaped bowl. This helps to preserve the delicate aromas and flavours of white wines, which can be easily overwhelmed by too much air exposure. The smaller bowl also keeps the wine cooler for longer, as white wines are typically served chilled.

What is glassware?

Glassware refers to vessels made from glass, such as drinking glasses, vases, bowls, and plates. Some glassware is specifically designed for certain beverages, such as wine glasses or beer tankards, while other types of glassware may be for more decorative purposes. 

Types of glassware

Each type of glassware has its own unique features and purpose. Consider the occasion, type of beverage or food being served, and personal preferences when selecting glassware for your home. Let’s go through the different types of glassware below.

The best wine glasses

Red wine glasses

The best red wine glasses are those that ooze class and sophistication. Size and shape is also extremely important. Look for a red wine glass that has a decent size bowl, this is to help the red wine aerate and release delicious aromas.

If you’re looking for red wine glasses for an intimate dinner party, look no further. Luxury meets tradition with the Duchesse collection by Vera Wang; which is characterised by a classic elegant crystal with the minimum of decorations; limited to simple, but powerful designs that add just a touch of sparkle.

Wedgwood Vera Wang Crystal Duchesse Goblet Set of 2

See product: Wedgwood Vera Wang Crystal Duchesse Goblet Set of 2

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White wine glasses

As for the finest white wine glasses, look for a glass that is perfectly transparent, this is because you will want to be able to clearly see and appreciate the colour of your white wine.

We highly recommend the renowned Villeroy & Boch La Divina set. Their tall stem allows you to hold the glass without warming the wine with your hand. This is particularly important for white wine as you will want it to stay chilled while consuming. 

white wine glasses

See product: Villeroy & Boch La Divina White Wine Goblet Set of 4

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The best champagne glasses

The best champagne flutes are tall and narrow, this helps to preserve the carbonation and showcase the bubbles as they rise to the surface. A thin and delicate glass will transmit the wine's aromas and flavours more effectively. It also allows the flute to appear much more elegant and refined. 

We have a range of beautiful champagne flutes available at Milly’s Store, it was almost impossible to pick just one here. So, we didn’t! Below are two of our favourite champagne flutes.

Best luxury champagne flutes

The Villeroy & Boch Octavie Champagne Flute is contemporary, sleek, and perfect for serving sparkling wine, mimosas, spumante or champagne cocktails. 

Villeroy & Boch Octavie Champagne Flute

Best champagne flutes for a modest budget 

For a smaller price tag, while still exuding an elegant flair, we recommend adding the Dartington Crystal Cheers Champagne Flute set to your glassware collection. 

Dartington Crystal Cheers Champagne Flute

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Glassware for celebrations

When it comes to a party, your glassware is one you want to be proud of. This is where cocktail glasses come in. Cocktail glasses are used for those delicious Friday night caps and fabulous Sunday afternoon pre-roast dinner martinis. 

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The best highball and tumbler glasses

Good highball and tumbler glasses should be made from high-quality materials that are free of impurities and able to withstand frequent use and cleaning. Here at Milly’s Store, our highball and tumbler glassware are designed to enhance the drinking experience, while also being durable and easy to use. 

When choosing the best tumbler and highball glasses, consider size, durability, clarity, and material thickness. 

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Glassware for beer

Beer tends to be served in a pint glass, however, there are many beers that require smaller glassware. Or, glassware with specific characteristics or made from certain materials, such as crystal. The size of the beer glass should be appropriate for the type of beer you are serving. A smaller glass can be appropriate for stronger beers, while a larger glass is more suitable for a lower alcohol percentage, lighter beer.

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Best glasses for gin

Last, but most certainly, not least. Glassware for gin is one to celebrate. From beautiful bowls to colourful goblets, gin glasses are often where created with showstopping flair. Gin can be enjoyed out of highball glassware or more dramatic balloon glasses. We have lots of exquisitely designed gin glasses to choose from. 

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