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Top Five Crystal Wine Goblets, Glasses, and Stemware For Best Gifts

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Sparking wine being poured.

Sparking wine being poured.

Crystal Wine Goblets

Are you searching for the best gift idea for a new bride and groom? The odds are good that they have chosen from among one of these top five crystal wine goblets or stemware producers and hope to adorn their dinner table with one or more designs of these sparkling crystal glasses.

One can check bridal registries to see the bride and groom's preferences, and you can order the crystal goblets from that retail store. With luck, you can find online crystal sales that also come free of shipping charges. Thus with a few clicks of your computer mouse, you can have that set of crystal goblets on its way to the happy gift recipients.

Perhaps this is not a gift for others. Do you wish to toast a special occasion of your own with a pair of crystal-fluted glasses and keep those as a part of what will become a cherished memory? Or are you starting your crystal stemware collection to have available when serving dinner guests?

We like to set a pretty table when we are entertaining. Adorning the table with some crystal wine goblets adds much to such a table setting. It is like the proverbial icing on a cake!

Riedel Crystal

Professor Claus Riedel revolutionized the art of creating wine glasses by bringing his wine-specific Sommeliers collection to the attention of wine connoisseurs worldwide in 1973. Before that, most wine glasses were similar in shape, with some being a bit smaller or larger, and almost all of them were thicker.

Closely working with master oenophiles, it was determined that tweaking the glass designs to match the characteristics of different wines, maximized the aroma and flavor of those wines. Reidel crystal glasses now come in all sizes and shapes.

Representation of this Austrian family of master glassware makers is around the world in upper-end retail establishments. The Riedel firm began in 1756, and Claus Riedel was President of the family establishment from 1957 until he passed that position on to his son Georg in 1994.

Reidel wine glasses are very lightweight (almost ephemeral) compared to many other types of crystal stemware, and the clarity of the crystal is superb. The thin rim of the glass between one's lips, as one savors the enhanced flavors of various wines, is a personal favorite.

Known wine expert Robert Parker has expressed his views about what the Riedel family has created with their superb variety of stemware. Riedel crystal wine goblets truly enhance a wine lover's experience.

The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.

— Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Waterford Crystal Goblets

Waterford, Ireland, was the first site of what was to eventually become world-renowned crystal creations known by the name of Waterford. It was founded in 1783 by George and William Penrose, and that first company closed in 1851.

Waterford crystal resurfaced in 1947 and has gone through a tortuous series of different ownership and manufacturing facilities. Today it is produced in locations like Germany and the Czech Republic, owned by WWRD Holdings, Ltd.

Waterford crystal goblets are typically a heavier type of goblet with cut glass designs. Many people, including some of our friends, choose this type of fine crystal to grace their dining tables.

Choosing Stemware to Enhance Wine

A wine goes in my mouth, and I just see it. I see it in three dimensions. The textures. The flavours. The smells. They jump out at me. When I put my nose in a glass, it's like tunnel vision. I move into another world, where everything around me is gone, and every bit of mental energy is focused on that wine.

— Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Vera Wang

Most people have probably heard about Vera Wang's fashions because of her exquisite wedding dresses. People like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Holley Hunter, and others have chosen her detailed creations for their wedding days.

Growing up in New York and being the child of affluent Chinese American parents, Vera Wang attended private schools and regularly flew to see fashion shows in Paris with her parents. So she was not a stranger to this lifestyle.

Her work history includes working for Vogue magazine as senior fashion director for 16 years, and she was also a design director for Ralph Lauren for a time.

When the Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan wore that filmy and most beautiful white Vera Wang dress when competing, Vera Wang's reputation became more widespread. Michelle Kwan, another Olympic skater, has worn her designs. Vera Wang has personally competed in international skating competitions, so she knows how her fashions dress a body while doing those gymnastic feats on ice.

From her first luxury salon showing bridal collections in 1990, Vera Wang's branding has now expanded. Her brands include crystal goblets, fragrances, designer eyewear, jewelry, shoes, and other things found in home collections, even such things as mattresses!

Orrefors Crystal

This Swedish glass and crystal maker first originated in 1725 when Lars Johan Silversparre built a furnace and smithy at "the beautiful river that flows into Lake Orrenas." The ironworks was named Orrefors, which means "the Orre waterfall." It was near the small village of Kosta.

From that small beginning, production was ramped up significantly in the 1910s when the glassworks came under the ownership of Johan Ekman of Gothenburg.

He hired Simon Gate, who was an artist classically trained in portraits and landscapes, in 1916. The following year the artist Edward Hald, who studied under Matisse, created more modern designs and joined the firm. Creating glass works and fine crystal became intertwined with fine artistry due to these artist's influence.

At the Paris Exhibition in 1925, Orrefors, and the artists, Simon Gate and Edward Hald won the Grand Prix Medal, put Orrefors onto the international market of fine crystal makers.

From that early beginning, new artists and fine craftsmanship keep the image of Orrefors alive and flourishing. Everything, from heavy cut glass to intricately embossed, to simple, unadorned lines of reflective goblets, is found in their offerings.

All of these fine crystal houses make not only crystal wine goblets but other objects of beauty.

Mikasa

All Star Trading, founded in 1936, was the precursor to Mikasa. Mikasa in Japanese means "three umbrellas."

The main reason for this company's success is that they own no manufacturing facilities and contract out all of their production. This way of doing business makes them very flexible, depending upon the value of global currencies and labor costs.

In the 1970s, they added crystal stemware to their lines of other merchandise. The other lines include cookware, bath accessories, and a host of other household goods.

Much of Mikasa's continuing success is because they price their goods to attract a broader range of the buying public, not only concentrating on those with higher incomes. Due to reasonable pricing, one does not have to have butlers and maids to enjoy some Mikasa crystal wine goblets in one's home.

Part of life is to live it, and enjoy it, and seize the moments that you find particularly pleasing.

— Robert M. Parker, Jr.

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Sources:

  • https://www.riedel.com/en-us
  • https://www.waterford.com/en-us/discover-waterford/the-waterford-story
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Wang
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrefors_glassworks
  • https://www.mikasa.com/pages/about-mikasa
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Parker_(wine_critic)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2021:

Hi Devika,

We got notice that we now have to boil any tap water for two minutes before drinking until further notice. At least we now have running water. Some people in our city still do not have it. We will have some warmer weather by the weekend in our part of Texas. Thanks for your concern.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

Owning nice glassware is a luxury. I remember when I was a child, drinking out of empty jelly glasses. It worked! That was shortly after WWII, and my parents were thrifty. If we would accidentally break one, it did not matter that much. Glad to know you enjoyed reading this. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 18, 2021:

I heard about this and it is such mess and in so much of snow must be terrible to go through it. I wish all gets back to normal. When Croatia had its worse in 2016 I was in South Africa and minus 9 here was awful. Water pipes burst and no electricity I don't know how I would have managed that.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 18, 2021:

Nice article about the crystal wine glasses. I love variety in glassware, and would love to add them in my collection.

Great detailed information, and I enjoyed the pictures. I may have missed this earlier.

Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 17, 2021:

Hi Devika,

Thanks for your comment. We just got our electricity back on but have no water. The electricity may not last. Texas power is a mess right now. Wish us luck! This cold snap with ice and snow has wreaked havoc with our state. I am sure that there will be a lot of explaining to do.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 16, 2021:

Peggy W I like your idea for these glasses as gifts. It is most welcoming and perfect

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2021:

Hi Larry,

I see that you also enjoy drinking from Reidel wine glasses. You make a good point that it can enhance all wines, even the less expensive ones, to taste better. Thanks for your comment.

Larry on February 14, 2021:

Riedel is the stemware of choice for premium wine. It also makes less than fine wine taste better.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 22, 2019:

Hi Dale,

Yes, there are many sizes and shapes of wine glasses. The curious thing is that sometimes those who decide which is best to be used for certain types of wine change their minds. I guess those who like to keep up-to-date with the latest fads have to keep purchasing more glasses.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 21, 2019:

I remember the first time my mother showed me a crystal champagne glass when I was a kid. I was a little mesmerized by it, to tell the truth. It never even crossed my mind that there were different 'types' of glass.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2013:

Hello beko,

There are many other fine makers of crystal. I just chose to focus on these for this article. Thanks for adding information about one that you really like.

beko on December 25, 2013:

Hello, and what about the royal crystal rock, is also an old company and with beautiful wine glass, i have many wine glass from waterford and others but i love on top of all the royal crystal rock due to is lovely design,brightness. Honestly i can not understand why R.C.R. is not mention.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2011:

Hello funky23,

Thanks for commenting on this top 5 crystal wine goblets and stemware for best gifts hub. Judging from the past 3 hubs of mine in which you have left comments, I am guessing that you are a wine lover. Is that correct?

funky23 from Deutschland on February 24, 2011:

absolutely well done

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2010:

Hello Prasetio,

Thanks for taking a look at this top 5 crystal wine goblets hub. Yes, fine crystal always makes it as a best gifts item. Wishing you a wonderful and Happy New Year in turn. Always happy to see you commenting on my hubs! :-)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 30, 2010:

crystal is always beautiful and I believe this is become the best gift. I can see the beauty and the clearness of this stuff. Peggy, you made this so beautiful. I am so happy to know this from you. I give my vote to you. Happy New Year.

Love and peace, Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2010:

Hi Tony,

Glass making in general is fascinating whether it is for the purpose of making crystal wine goblets or other types of decorative objects. I think that most people appreciate the beauty of the glass blowers and glass makers craft whether they choose to purchase it or not. It certainly calls for expertise in its creation.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 30, 2010:

I am no longer a wine drinker but IO do like beautiful glassware or crystal. Thanks for sharing this info about such beautiful examples of the craft.

Love and peace

Tony

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2010:

Hello Cheryl,

These top 5 crystal wine goblets are beautiful to behold as you mentioned. Some friends of ours have the Waterford goblets as their chosen crystal and they do have a distinctive beauty. We prefer the simpler designs offered by Riedel...but all of them are nice to have when hosting and toasting. :)))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2010:

Greetings Hello, hello,

These top 5 crystal wine goblets and stemware do offer a great selection as best gift items. Of course there are others as well but these seem to be very popular. Thanks for the comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on December 27, 2010:

Thanks for sharing the beautiful hubpage and display of the top 5 crystal wine goblets. I love the Waterford Goblets. They are treasures to behold. A great hubpage and beautiful photos of the many styles of stemware.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 27, 2010:

They are such a beautiful craftmanship. You have chosen a very tasteful selection.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2010:

Hi susannah42,

We also have quite a collection of crystal wine goblets acquired over the years. We also like to entertain so get to use them on a semi-regular basis. We use the good crystal goblets when just the two of us share a good bottle of wine.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2010:

Hello SteveoMc,

Even if you splurge and only have a couple of crystal wine goblets, somehow that inexpensive bottle of wine is delivered in such great fashion that the perception of taste is enhanced. Worth every penny! :-)

susannah42 from Florida on December 26, 2010:

I love glasses and goblets. I have the entire set of waterford, some bacarat crystal, and various glasses and goblets that I just like.

SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on December 26, 2010:

I probably won't be able to afford much of this, but my preferance would be to mix them. There are a couple from each collection that I really liked. I might try a couple of them to have for special occasions, like when I pay more than $5 for a bottle of wine. Thanks

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 25, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

These crystal wine goblet makers also make water goblets and other things as well. I did not grow up drinking wine but learned an appreciation of it in later years after marrying my husband. We do enjoy drinking a fine vintage wine in a crystal wine goblet on occasion. Thanks for the speedy comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on December 25, 2010:

I can see where these might be very attractive for people of a certain lifestyle. Our family are not particularly wine drinkers nor do we know much of any body who is.

In movies it alwys seems classy to see people drinking wine in fancy goblets though.

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