Wednesday, January 11, 2012

To Glass Or Not To Glass, That Is The Question

I don't know, maybe it is just me but I like real, old fashioned, solid glass wine glasses. The kind with the long stem and large size bowl on top. Wine just tastes better from it. Others sacrifice this luxury while on the road and use the plastic variety. Not me! I will accept the odd (or not so odd) breakage and cleanup to be able to savor my wine the way it was intended to be savored, from real, crystal clear glass! Price is no object, I have my standards! A wine glass must be made of glass or it is not a wine glass. It is a "plastic" glass.

I have recently been experimenting with the newly popular "stemless" wine glasses and find them a reasonably acceptable substitute. They do not break too easily in the cupboard after hitting a tope at too high a speed and they are not as quick to do a belly flop out of the cupboard when opening it after a day of driving. I drink red wine so the transfer of heat from my fingers to the wine is not at all bothersome to me, in fact it may be an advantage, I bought four of these stemless variety from Walmart when we got to Mexico and after seven weeks actually have three left. An acceptable casualty rate as they say in the army. Of our four long stemmed wine glasses, only one remains, a solitary orphan. The last man standing. Warm up the bugle for Taps.

11 comments:

  1. Glass is my vote. We had plastic for our first couple of years and they were serviceable but that's about all. My wine afficianado son scoffed at drinking out of a glass that clunked when you touched glasses and we bought some crystal glasses last year. They go back in the box when we travel, and haven't broken one yet. I am convinced the wine tastes better:)

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  2. This issue is similar to my recent post about using breakables in the RV. I don't drink wine, but if I did I would definitely want to use real wine glasses!

    There's a holder available at the usual RV supply outlets that screws into the ceiling or bottom of a cabinet. The bottom of the glass slides into it and the rest of the glass hangs downward.

    Another option is to wrap the glasses in a dish towel to keep them from banging around.

    Finally, buy cheap wine glasses and replace as needed. That's what I did in my housebound life.

    Salud!

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  3. ha we carry both the glass and the plastic...I like the glass...the visitors get the plastic if we run out of glass...

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  4. We have six long stem wine glasses we bought from Ikea in the oringinal box they came in and to date have not broken one after many miles. We feel exactly the same for wine and beer glasses and rarely use anything but glass. Cannot stand to drink beer out of the bottle or can although many go as flat as your hat when poured into a glass. Oh well.

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  5. Real glass wine glasses for us. Ruth cuts the top off a one litre milk container to store each wine glass in so they don't rattle or break.

    And I love beer right out of the bottle. You don't need a glass because each beer comes in one!

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  6. rebuGLASS is class - the bottom line.

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  7. Pricey, but...
    http://tinyurl.com/846ozfp

    I don't have one, but I read the reviews...I don't like wine in plastic, either, btw.

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  8. I stick to the glass jam jars

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  9. I like real glass too, although for a couple of years I used a polycarbonate glass. For the last 3 or 4 years I've had two "restaurant crystal" glasses purchased at a commercial supply store. They're quite sturdy but true crystal with the nice ring to the thump of a finger. They're not as large as I really prefer for red wine, more of a large white wine glass, but a good compromise.

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  10. I would agree to an extent - plastic wine glasses of the disposable nature are not are nice to drink from as proper glassware. But what about Polycarbonate Plastic Wineglasses? These provide a very similar experiance in my opinion..

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