- Not so long ago I was at a dinner with a handful of food writers--I was there merely as a food taster--and the fancy stemware from the Austrian firm Riedel came up.
If you have only one style of wine glass in your cupboard, this should be it. Created from a single piece of mouth-blown glass, the shape complements everything from California Cab to a racy Sancerre—and everything in between.
The machine-made sleekness of the chair's polycarbonate seat is tempered by the organic feel of its wooden legs. We also like the smoked gray version in addition to the amber shown here.
The classic martini glass gets an unconventional treatment from Riedel, a brand renowned for its dramatically thin yet surprisingly durable pieces (this one happens to be dishwasher safe). Both the thick stem and the bowl hold liquid, bringing the total capacity to nearly nine ounces—which is both a pro (more to drink) and a con (worse hangover).