Tired of serving wine in traditional wine glasses? The Burdeos, the flutes, the Riedels? Why not shake things up a little at your next dinner party by surprising your guests with one of these charismatic and wacky little wine vessels?
Winestein Wine Glass (US$19.95 per glass)
You’re a macho, a stud, a flesh-and-blood manly man. You can’t possibly be seen by your peers holding a dainty little wine glass, especially as you sip that bold 2003 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage! Unless its encased in a big, manly beer mug of course.. Composed of high-quality, double-walled borosilicate glass, these beer mug wine glasses make sure you keep looking like the manly man everyone knows you are are.
Insulated Wine Glasses (US$24.95 for set of two glasses)
Need to climb up on a roof to enjoy your glass of wine with a view? Wish to hold onto your glass while dancing the night away? Then these insulated wine glasses are designed just for you! A hollow-stemmed wine glass enclosed in an insulated, double wall design, these wine goblets keep their contents at an ideal temperature and allow for a bit more moving and shaking than your ordinary wine glass.
Vintage Vixen Oops! Wine Glass (US$19.95 per glass)
Are you a lonely wino who needs a woman in your life? Why not get one of these little beauties? Elegant wine glasses with hand-painted stem featuring a glamorous, mischievous, charming and oh-so-foxy little pin-up madame on the bowl. Woo this broad by filling her belly with some Animal Rosado Sparkling Rose of Malbec and you will never be alone again!
Julia Child once said, “I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.” Well now there’s an easier way to cook with wine – with the help of these Measuring Sauced Wine Glasses. One of these glasses will help you keep track of how much vino you are pouring into that Boeuf Bourguignon (with 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 3/4 cup and 1 cup measuring lines), while the other let’s you know just how much of that Chateau de Pommard Burgundy the chef in you is downing (sips).
Trevi Aerating Wine Glass (US$21.95 per glass)
Now you can have the Trevi Fountain of Rome in the palm of your hand whenever you so wish, with this self-aerating wine glass! The innovative inner wine aerating platform within this funky little glass eliminates the need for on-bottle aerators and decanters and helps unlock the hidden flavors and aromas within your favorite wine by pouring into the outer cup. As wine flows through the inner mini-glass, nine aeration spouts also create a beautiful display inside your glass, while infusing your wine with oxygen. Forget about all of those fancy, expensive, space-wasting decanters and aerators and invest in these wonderful glasses instead. And get ready to watch the aeration take place in front of your very eyes!
Red Solo Cup Wine Glasses (US$5.99 per glass)
This ironic little invention is designed for the tailgating wino, the St. Patrick’s day parade celebrating wino, the house-party loving wino. Pretty self explanatory, order one today!
The Fast Cup: Dixie-style Wine Glasses by Maxim Velčovský (US$60 for set of two glasses)
And now, the fancy version…Czech artist and designer Maxim Velčovský has created the Fast Cup, a Dixie-style wine glass, out of hand blown borosilicate so each one is slightly different from the other and unique. This was done to take the form of the bowl as far away from its plastic, mass-produced origins (above) as possible. A beautiful and light work of art with a sharp sense of humor.
Industrial designer, Alvaro Uribe, has designed these glasses to function as a tasting tool for the wine connoisseur in you. Featured at MoMA San Fransisco in 2011 as part of an exhibition called “How Wine Became Modern,” this is definitely a must-have for the artsy wino. The bowl of the glass is tilted at an angle which allows one to see the colour of the wine inside without distortion from the glass. It is also oriented at the perfect angle for sniffing the contents, and the tilt allows one to drink only the amount that is adequate during a wine-tasting. Swirling might be an issue, though…
Losing Your Marbles Wine Set (Price by Inquiry)
If you often find yourself sipping your wine alone at a party, with nobody talking to you, this is definitely the glass for you! Designed by Charlotte Moneypenny, the Losing Your Marbles glass set is made up of a a scotch glass, a wine glass and a champagne flute, each with a marble trapped inside with which to amuse yourself. The marble in the scotch glass asks you to drop the round piece into a set of grooves. The marble in the wine glass encourages you to swirl your drink (thus aerating your wine and enhancing its flavor), so that it can spin in its glass bubble as you do so. The marble in the champagne flute lets you call for a toast by tapping on it. By combining playful games with a drink, these glasses encourage their bearer to explore the glasses in use, considering the act of drinking more carefully.
So to make your next wino get-together memorable, take my advice – serve your wine in something cool!