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The Stemless

Over the past several years the stemless wine glasses been very much in the limelight. This sturdy glass appears in many wine experts and enthusiasts’ homes and top restaurants and it has certainly taken the glassware industry by storm. Of course the on-going debate between the stemless vs. stemmed wine glass continues to this day.

Despite the recent surge and demand for these glasses, they have been around for a long time especially in Europe. They have been used for centuries and were previously known as either a ‘drinking vessel’ or ‘wine tumbler’. Countries such as Spain, Italy and France have used stemless wine glasses for years as a convenient way to serve wine as well as a variety of other drinks including soft drinks, cocktails and water.

Over time the wine glass and wine tumbler has adapted; known as the wine glass evolution. However many wine experts feel the stemless wine glass is a ‘step back’, to a time when we did not know that the shape and size of a wine glass can contribute to the tasting and enjoyment of wine. On the other hand, some wine experts see the positive transformation of an ‘all-round tumbler’ to a widely used and loved wine accessory.

In the 21st century stemless wine glasses are seen as a trendy addition to a glassware collection. Many contemporary bars and restaurants use stemless wine glasses as they are easy to store and are suitable for the dishwasher. This is ideal when serving a large number of wine thirsty customers. These glasses definitely attract a lot of attention and can be extremely useful when hosting a party or big occasion. It also brings a new dimension to the wine tasting experience; different to that of a stemmed wine glass (or so it is argued).

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