Different Kinds of Drink Glasses to Look For

Published: 09th January 2009
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Each type of drink that you serve requires a different type of drink glass - that is if you want to use the correct drink etiquette when you are entertaining. When shopping for glasses for your cupboard or china cabinet, you really do need to have a selection of several different kinds. Water glasses are the most common and these are the ones that you will need to have the most of. There are also different sizes of water glasses to choose from.

You use drink glasses on a daily basis on the table, but there are some glasses that are only used for special occasions. These include fine crystal glasses that you use to grace your table on special events. You would not store this kind of glassware in the kitchen cupboards with the rest of the glasses. Instead these are the glasses you would keep in your china cabinet. The glass is very fine and easy to break. They cannot be washed in the dishwasher and require careful washing by hand.

While you do need to have a selection of drink glasses, you don't have to pay a lot of money to have this wide selection. In addition to cheap water and juice glasses, you can buy cheap wine, cocktail and martini glasses because discount glass is used in the construction of these drinking vessels. Large size water glasses can also double as beer glasses, unless you want to buy beer steins or large glasses with handles that make them look more like mugs.

There are many different kinds of drink glasses for wine as well as drink coasters, but basically you only need to look at four main types. These glasses are generally made of fine glass because thicker glass is said to affect the taste of the wine. Red wine glasses are tall and wide so that you can get a greater sense of the full-bodied taste of the wine.

Two of these are recommended - the Bordeaux glass, which is tall and narrow and the Pinot Noir glass which has a rounder bowl. Wine glasses for white wine are generally smaller, with an opening that is slightly larger than the body of the glass. Champagne Flutes are tall and thin so that the bubbles will build up the way they should when you pour it into the glass.

If you like liqueurs, then you will need to have drink glasses suitable for these drinks. These are small glasses that can have a stem and hold between 1 and 4 ounces of liquid. You can also have this type of drinking glass without a stem. These glasses look beautiful with sandstone coasters.

One of the unique types of glass that you can buy is called the Grappa glass. This glass is designed for drinking the Italian alcoholic drink called Grappa, but it is suitable for any drink, even water. The glass has a stem on which there is a balloon shape that then opens into a regular glass that measures about 7 inches tall in total.

Margarita drink glasses have a bell shaped bowl, whereas those designed for martinis have a cone shaped bowl. Both of these types of glasses have footed stems that make them easy to hold. Any glass that does not have a stem is often referred to as a tumbler or a high ball glass and can be used for any kind of drink.

Sarah Martin is a native of sunny San Diego, CA. She is a freelance marketing writer specializing in travel, cuisine, fine wines, and entertainment. For a beautiful selection of sandstone coasters for your collection of drink glasses, please visit http://www.thirstycoasters.com/.


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