Beautiful Wine Glasses, Flutes and Goblets Help Take Our Consumption of Spirits, Wine and Cocktails to the Next Level
Beautiful wine glasses, flutes and goblets enhance our drinking experience.
I have a beautiful set of gold, blue and purple flutes at home that I always use for wine and cheese parties. Not only do they bring some nice elegance and aesthetics to the party but they somehow enhance the whole experience giving it a heightened feel of sophistication and refinement. I also have a golden crystal flute and glass in the display cabinet that comes out on special occasions.
If you are just starting out to entertain guests in your home I really recommend that you invest a little time in becoming familiar with the beautiful wine glasses, flutes and goblets available on-line
Below are some beautiful wine glasses, flutes and goblets to get you started.
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Flutes are mainly for champagne, other sparkling wines and certain kinds of beers like Belgian lambic and gueuze. They are vessels of elegance with a delicate and romantic nature. The purpose of their design is to keep the sparkling wine bubbly for as long as possible by reducing the surface area at the opening of the bowl. The long stem keeps your warm hands away from the sculpted bowl of the glass and thus helps control the temperature of the wine. Many flutes may have a bead etched at the bottom to help create more bubbles.
Standard Wine Glasses
The standard wine glass is characterized by their rounder, wider bowl to help in the process of oxidation. It is said that the oxygen in the air interacts with the wine causing the flavor and aroma to be subtly altered. The wide opening at the top also allows you to enjoy the aroma of the wine. Glasses made of fine crystal offers superb clarity so you can see the wine’s color and texture allowing you to appreciate the experience of wine drinking all the more. Like the flute the standard wine glass has a stem to reduce heat transfer from your hand to the wine.
Goblets for me have an historical and romantic feel that takes me back to King Arthur’s court or to the last supper of Christ. The polished finish on gold, silver and copper goblets in particular conveys sophistication and contemporary elegance. All the more so when they are magnificently decorated. Metal goblets helps keep your choice of beverage cool and the fact that they are unbreakable means you’ll be using them for a long time to come.
An interesting video from Gizmodo. Jillian from Franny’s in Brooklyn talks about the most commonly used glasses.
Many flutes, wine glasses and goblets are made of lead crystal. Crystal is a kind of glass with lead monoxide in it. These glasses can contain as little as 1% to as much as 30% of this substance. This gives crystal a sparkling presence and beauty that truly sets itself apart from plain glass. It has a visceral luxury feel and that hallmark ringing ‘cling.’ If you have an appreciation for quality and the finer things in life you should definitely check them out. An alternative is lead-free crystal glassware with zinc and magnesium oxide.
When some people think of lead crystal glasses a red flag goes up concerning lead poisoning. In short, if you wash them thoroughly before you use them and just use them for drinking during a meal or while talking to friends as opposed to storing liquid in say a crystal decanter for many hours the lead that leaks into the liquid will not exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards. Keep in mind that the amount of lead that can leak into a glass of wine over a few hours is said to be much smaller than the quantity of lead consumed daily in an ordinary diet. Besides, who has wine in their glass for a few hours?! If you are tempted to buy crystal but are concerned about lead poisoning check online what it’s current status is as new research may cause your government to take a different stance concerning it.
I did notice that one company that produces fine crystal products left this announcement on their site. “Under the California Proposition 65, we issue the following warning to our California customers: “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.”