When it comes to the culinary side of things, I’m the kind of gal who will try something new (well, almost). While shopping last Christmas, I treated myself to some stemless wine glasses. I thought they were excellent buys, so I also grabbed a set for a girlfriend of mine. I think I must have picked them up at my neighborhood Ross Store. Oh, that store sells quite an assortment of goods. I was happy with my purchase. Being a wino person, I couldn’t wait to go sip one of my fave beverages.

It was so ironic, on the exchanging of Christmas gifts, I discovered that my dear pal also got me a set of stemless glasses. No prob., I decided to keep the set I had and re-gifted my new set  to another friend. I do believe I read somewhere that a well known glassmaker by the name of Riedel actually started the rave of stemless wine glasses.

Now-a-days, it seems like everyone is following suit by stocking these glasses. Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel,, Target and of course, Ross (where I bought mine) have them on their shelves. It’s funny how one person can start a craze.

I hate to be a party pooper, but, I seem to have lost the enthusiasm for my stemless wine glasses.  At first, I tried to impress my guests a couple of times, however, like me, the euphoria dissipated rapidly. You see, I’ve utilized them alright. I used them to serve water, lemonade and other beverages.

I love the feel of a stemmed glass. It makes me feel like I’m actually drinking a sauvignon blanc or cabernet or pinot grigio. I love the idea of feeling in control by taking hold of my stem and sip my wine. And I do believe that based on what the so-called experts say, the stem is present for a purpose. Based on their advice, the stem prevents the heat from the hands to be transferred to the wine. Who knows? I know for sure that I don’t wish to compromise the taste of my choice of wine.

So the verdict is out. I think I’ll stick to my stemmed wine glass.  I’ll utilize the stemless ones for my fruity drinks and other beverages. I must state that they are easy to mount in the dishwasher. In the meantime, I’ll continue to wash my stemmed ones by hand. And, that’s quite alright.

Salud! Ole, ole for stemmed wine glasses!

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