"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.
- 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
- Rocks glasses
- Ice bucket & tongs