Stemless Wine Glasses

Have you ever wondered where stemless wine glasses (also known as “tumblers”) originated? While I was doing a wine tour, a staff member at one of the wineries explained the mystery to me.

The children of Riedel, a company that specializes in making glassware, are to thank (or blame) for the change. Wine glasses were originally made with stems to make it easier to swirl your wine, prevent your hands from warming up your drink and ensuring a pristine view of the wine free from fingerprints. However, the children of Ridel told their dad they wanted to change things. They got the “ok” from papa bear and thus came forth stemless wine glasses. The good thing about stemless wine glasses is they can double up as regular drinking glasses too, but I personally prefer using stemmed wine glasses. How about you? Stemless or with stems?


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