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Glassware Guidance

"Stemware" is the term used for wine glasses, champagne goblets, brandy snifters or any glass that has a stem. Stemware is designed to be held by the stem, so your hand won't affect the temperature of wine, champagne or other spirits.

"Barware" refers to any kind of glass without a stem, the kind used mostly for everyday cocktails and beverages. Juice glasses, water tumblers, beer mugs -- all these fit the "barware" label.

Most quality stainless steel is actually a metallic blend. You may notice a designation that says "18/8" or "18/10" on the package. That means the pieces have a steel base with 18% chrome for strength, and 8% to 10% nickel for shine. It's a mark of quality -- your assurance that this flatware will last through years of daily use.

To prevent chipping, store your glasses on a cabinet shelf lined in paper. Stand them upright so odors and moisture won't get trapped inside. Most glassware is dishwasher safe -- to prevent breakage, just make sure glasses aren't touching each other when they're going through the wash cycle.

Must-have glasses:

  • Water tumblers/all-purpose glasses (8-oz. size)
  • Juice glasses (5-oz.)
  • Red wine glasses
  • White wine glasses

For entertaining, consider these items:

  • Beverage set(s)
  • Beer mugs
  • Champagne flutes
  • Margarita glasses
  • Pilsners
  • Rocks glasses
  • Ice bucket & tongs