The 15 Best Cocktail Glasses of 2020

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The 15 Best Cocktail Glasses of 2020

I was 25 years old the first time I bought wine glasses. I had just moved into my own Manhattan studio and truly believed that this purchase marked my arrival as a full-fledged adult. I selected a set of six wide-bowled glasses at Crate & Barrel for one reason: I thought they were beautiful.

That set served me well and several of them lasted for more than a decade. Into these glasses, I poured red and white wine, as well as the occasional champagne toast.

Since then I have learned a great deal more about wine, as well as the importance of using different glasses for different wines.

And it's not just about etiquette: The size, shape, and construction of a wine glass can dramatically alter the tasting experience.

There are dozens of different specialized wine glasses, but most glasses are grouped into one of two categories: red or white wine glasses.

In general, red wine glasses are taller and have a bigger bowl than white wine glasses.

There are several reasons for this, but mostly, the wider opening of the glass allows red wines to breathe or to oxidate — and ultimately taste smoother. Red wine glasses can be held by the bowl or the stem.

White wines, on the other hand, do better in a glass with a smaller bowl and narrower rim because it helps to preserve the cooler temperature.

We've selected wine glasses that will work with any wine you choose — red or white— as well as specialty glasses for both red and white wines. After our recommendations below, we go into greater detail on how to select a wine glass.

Here are the best wine glasses you can buy:

Updated by Les Shu on 3/18/2020: Prices and links are current at time of posting. We changed our overall recommendation from the Kentfield Grande to the Kentfield Estate, both from Libbey, which is a more practical size for everyday drinking. We've also added a high-quality budget option from Crate & Barrel.


In 2015, Libbey introduced a new state-of-the-art process for making glassware from the furnace to forming to finishing, which the company claims produces “the most brilliant and strongest soda lime glassware to be produced in the US.”

The attractive, dishwasher-safe Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate glasses feature a laser-cut rim, as well as a pulled stem and a reinforced flat foot for extra stability. The tulip-shaped bowl makes it an ideal choice for both red and white wines, so you can drink whatever you want in these 16-0unce glasses.

To sweeten the pot, all of Libbey's glassware is protected by a 25-year no-chip guarantee. Libbey will replace or refund the price of a chipped glass if you return it to the dealer or distributor.

Libbey also makes the Signature Kentfield in stemless form and 26-ounce options.

Pros: Extraordinary value, ideal for both red and white wine, 25-year no-chip guarantee, easy to clean

Cons: Slightly thicker glass

$34.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond $36.99 from Amazon Crate & Barrel

As we mentioned earlier, Crate & Barrel's wine glasses can last for more than a decade. In fact, for high-quality basics, we often turn to Crate & Barrel, whether it's glassware, dinnerware, or cookware.

Their simple elegance, the Otis all-purpose wine glass, mean they stand the test of time. This 16-ounce glass can be used for red or white wine, soda or water, or even parfaits.

It's dishwasher-safe and looks great as everyday drinkware or for parties.

Part of Crate & Barrel's Otis collection of glassware, the Italian-made wine glass has a nice solid feel. It's on the heavier and thicker side than the Riedel we recommend, but it's closer in design to our overall pick from Libbey.

We that the Otis wine glass can be purchased individually ($6.95) or as a set of eight ($50). This means that should one break, it's cheap enough to replace. While it may seem pricey, it's actually cheaper than the Libby.

We picked the Libby as our overall favorite because of the 25-year no-chip guarantee and specialty construction. Crate & Barrel doesn't offer such a warranty, but its customer service is generally helpful if you aren't satisfied.

And our experience with Crate & Barrel's products, we are confident about the quality.

Pros: Quality Italian glassware, affordable, multi-purpose, sturdy stem

Cons: Thicker glass

$6.95 from Crate & Barrel Riedel

Based in Austria, Riedel is a family-run company that was established in 1756. It is still one of the world's best-known producers of wine glasses. While Riedel offers wine glasses in a wide range of price points, the Riedel Vivant Collection is an ideal way to introduce yourself to the company's high-quality wares without breaking the bank.

Made of lead-free Tyrol crystal, these thin and attractive 12.5-oz glasses can be used for virtually any occasion. The company says they are dishwasher safe, but many enthusiasts note that they choose to wash them by hand because of their delicate composition. You get four glasses in a set, which is a very good deal, considering these glasses come from such a well-renowned company.

That said, we found several online customer reviews mentioning that the glasses are just too thin and subject to frequent breakage. However, most experts agree that the thinner and finer the wine glass, the better the flavor, so it's a trade-off.

Pros: Affordable, good value, attractive, thin, clear, enhances wine flavor

Cons: Frequent breakage

$30.49 from Target Riedel

Riedel makes our guide once again with its Veritas Cabernet/Merlot Glasses. These elegant crystal glasses will feel good in your hand and bring out the bouquet in your red wine.

Composed of leaded-crystal, these 22-oz. glasses are machine-blown and very delicate. Taller and lighter than the glasses in the Vinum collection, these dishwasher safe glasses arrive in an attractive gift box. You get two in a set: one for Cabernet and another for Merlot. They may be more expensive than the picks in our guide, but buyers and experts a say they're well worth the cost.

While most reviewers love the feel of the Riedel glasses in their hands, as well as the way the glass makes the wine taste, we came across a handful of negative comments from buyers claiming that the glasses are just too thin and fragile, so they break easily. As we've said before, that's to be expected with fine wine glasses. Thinner glass makes for better flavor, so it's a trade off you have to make for a great wine glass.

Pros: High-quality crystal, beautiful design, thin, clear

Cons: Sometimes too fragile, expensive

$69.00 from Williams Sonoma $54.95 from Amazon Royal

For a casual summer party or a simple dinner at home, the Zeppoli Royal Stemless Wine Glasses are perfect. These glasses have broad appeal because they are versatile, wide-bowled, and can hold 15 oz. of either white or red wine.

The Royal stemless glasses are made of high-quality, durable, shatter-resistant glass. Note that it is shatter-resistant, not shatterproof. Several customer reviews noted that the glasses did, indeed, break.

A modern, ergonomic design provides a good fit for most hands and the flat bottom lends an extra layer of stability. While not as elegant as more upscale, stemmed glassware, these glasses are perfect for everyday or outdoor use.

The set of four arrives in an attractive, black gift box.

One particularly helpful buyer review mentioned that the glasses were perfect for pinot noir, merlot, and even heady, intense Malbecs, adding that the shape of the glasses really intensifies the fruit aromas. 

Pros: Modern look, durable, very affordable, easy to clean

Cons: Somewhat thick

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Best Cocktail Glasses and Stemware 2020

The 15 Best Cocktail Glasses of 2020

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  • Tammie Teclemariam

Even if you’re not the type to roast a heritage bird for the holidays or to attempt a seven-course fish feast in your tiny apartment, you can still make a simple yet deep impression on your guests by serving thoughtful refreshments. Nice glassware can make all the difference over mismatched cups and jars.

It will complement the drinks you to serve, look good on the table, and be fun to use.

In addition to the glassware we recommend in our guides to the best wine glasses, Champagne flutes, and drinking glasses, here are some beautiful, functional options that we’ve tested and love for serving wine, beer, and spirits on special occasions.

From left to right: the Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass, the Jancis Robinson x Richard Brendon Wine Glass, and the Korin Sena Bordeaux Glass. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

If you’re in the habit of drinking good wine, a deluxe glass is more than just a frivolous indulgence. This exceptionally thin glass is great for showcasing a nice bottle of any type of wine. It also happens to be dishwasher-safe.

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Really nice wine demands a really nice glass, and there are also times when you want to drink in style. That’s when you reach for one of these wine glasses.

The Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass received high marks from all of the wine experts who participated in the taste tests for our guide to wine glasses. You may recognize these distinctively angular glasses from fancy wine bars and restaurants.

And if you’ve enjoyed using them there, you may appreciate having a couple of your own, for truly special occasions and exceptional bottles of wine.

We found that this glass did an excellent job of highlighting the nuances of both red and white wines in a way that inexpensive wine glasses don’t.

It’s not one of the main picks in our wine glasses guide because the tall silhouette, skewer-thin stem, and light-as-air hand-blown glass feel impractical, inspiring fear among the clumsy and uninitiated.

(Our new upgrade pick, the Gabriel-Glas StandArt, is sturdier and still excellent.) The Zalto’s height and light weight can also make this glass feel unbalanced when it’s filled with a generous pour.

But the Zalto is much stronger than it appears (ours survived multiple falls on hardwood and knocks against a counter). And, just wearing a pair of stilettos, using one of these glasses can become second nature once you get a little practice in.

A wine glass with a pedigree: Jancis Robinson x Richard Brendon Wine Glass

This beautifully proportioned glass is smaller and has a more classic silhouette than the Zalto. It works well for any type of wine you want to drink.

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This collaboration between influential wine critic Jancis Robinson and star British tableware designer Richard Brendon was a favorite of wine importer Mary Taylor in our most recent round of wine glass testing.

It performed well across several styles of red and white wines, but Taylor felt it was particularly good at showcasing the aged red that we tasted.

“The elegance of this wine goes nicely with the elegance of this glass,” she said.

the Zalto, this glass feels almost weightless in your hand, with an extremely delicate stem that can make some people uncomfortable. But our drop tests proved it to be impressively sturdy, and you’re encouraged to clean it in the dishwasher.

This glass has a classic rounded bowl, medium stem length, and a wide, stabilizing foot, all of which distinguish it from the avant-garde lines of other modern glasses and make it feel a little less top-heavy than the Zalto when it’s full.

It’s a stunning, precise tool for people who to intellectualize about their wines or linger over a bottle at dinner.

A big, inexpensive wine glass: Korin Sena Bordeaux Glass

This generous glass looks great and can stand up to the occasional knocking down. It works well with a variety of wines, but it is best suited to fruity reds.

If you big wine glasses and frequently entertain for groups of six or more, the Korin Sena glasses are great to stock up on so you don’t have to scramble to accommodate extra guests.

During our recent wine glass testing, professional and non-professional tasters a were widely impressed by the Korin Sena glasses, especially once they learned about the $4-per-glass price tag (before shipping).

Although this Bordeaux glass was a little too big to be as versatile as our top pick, the Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass, it was just as durable, and many of our testers d its generous size.

This glass wouldn’t be place at a restaurant with a decent wine list, but it’s affordable enough that you won’t flinch if a guest drops one.

Korin sells the glass in other sizes, so if you’re more of a white wine drinker, consider the smaller chardonnay glass.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Lend your beer a touch of elegance, whether you’re drinking a large-format aged import or a local lager. This glass is durable enough to use every day, and it fits right in at formal occasions.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

Once you’ve graduated to pouring beer into a glass that isn’t shaped a boot, you may as well do it right. The Italian-made Rastal Teku glass is the choice of many connoisseurs, and it has achieved something of a cult status among beer drinkers.

It’s designed to enhance the aroma and flavor of all types of beer. As beer writer Joshua Bernstein told us, “The Teku offers this one-size-fits-all model for beer glassware.

It goes with everything from a nice, crisp pilsner to a funky sour ale, and it will be able to handle all of that with depth and style and grace.”

We found that the flared rim and angled bowl enhanced aromatic beers, and the remarkably thin lip made this glass less distracting and more pleasant to drink from than a chunky pint glass. The stem gives the Rastal Teku an elegant appearance, and it also keeps you from warming your beer with your hand.

From left: the Hard Strong Check Glass Short Tumbler, the Veladora Mezal Glass, and the Hard Strong Striped Tumbler. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Use these 10-ounce tumblers for tall drinks any time of the day, whether or not alcohol is involved. They look particularly good with a celery-garnished Bloody Mary or a crisp gin and tonic.

This 10.6-ounce glass is big enough to hold a sphere of ice, and it has a tapered base that’s more comfortable to hold than heftier rocks glasses.

You can spend a lot on crystal tumblers, most of which are heavy, oversize trinkets meant to convey status rather than function.

The molded Hard Strong Striped Tumbler and Hard Strong Check Glass Short Tumbler aren’t crystal, but they nod at the classic models, with beautiful facets that glisten, while also looking minimal and modern thanks to their sensible size.

Our kitchen team was impressed with these at first sight, remarking that they seemed more expensive than their actual price tag. They’ll work for just about any cocktail, and we appreciate their comfortably weighted bases and thin rims, which are pleasant to drink from.

Made from a type of tempered glass, these glasses are also exceptionally durable: Both the short and tall glasses withstood repeated knocks into a stainless steel sink and into the edge of a kitchen counter without showing a hint of damage.

A perfect shot glass and more: Cocktail Kingdom Veladora Mezcal Glass

We found that this glass, which is made for serving mezcal, is perfectly sized to hold a generous 2 ounces of whatever liquor you choose, with enough room to accommodate a single ice cube or a splash of water for dilution.

Despite its miniature form, the Veladora has enough of a commanding presence that it won’t get lost on a crowded table. This glass not only looks nice but it’s also comfortable to hold, due to the extra texture and weight from the exterior ribbing.

And since it comes in a set of six, the Veladora can serve double duty the next time a round of shots is in order.

  • by Eve O'Neill and Michael SullivanWe spent 16 hours testing 10 Champagne glasses, and think the Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige is the best flute for celebrating with your favorite sparkling wine.
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10 Best Wine Glasses 2020, According to Sommeliers

The 15 Best Cocktail Glasses of 2020

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Though a 99-cent glass from IKEA will certainly do the trick, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to refine your wine time. And no, you don’t need a suite of glasses made especially for enjoying different varietals.

Whether you’re determined to invest in high-end stemless ware, or you just want a reliable vessel on hand for your weekly—er, nightly—pour, sommeliers and beverage directors a say these are the best universal wine glasses money can buy.

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1 Oprah's Comically Large Wine Glass

To toast her upcoming stop on the 2020 Vision Tour, Oprah raised a (giant) glass to her special guest, Amy Schumer, who turned drinking comically large vessels into a meme.

If you are also in the market for a glass that'll fit an entire bottle of wine (same) you can find one just Oprah's on Amazon.

And no, the rest of the options on the below list, this one's not exactly sommelier-approved, but it's Oprah-sanctioned and humongous, which is enough for us.

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2 Stemless Glasses, Set of 4



“For those who stemless wine glasses, this is the brand to choose. Made from shatterproof high-quality glass, these are ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand and hold up to 15 ounces of wine. The shape ensures that the the taste of the wine retains its full flavor,” says Vipin Laboo, Marketing Director with Advanced Mixology.

3 Ouverture Red Wine Glasses, Set of 2

“Regardless of what you're drinking, this thin glass is the perfect blend of form, function, durability, and value. And the best part is, it's dishwasher-safe,” says Dominick Purnomo, wine director and co-owner of Yono's and dp An American Brasserie.

4 Flexible Shatterproof Glass, Set of 4

Perfect for outdoor drinking, “these are well-designed, portable glasses that won’t break the bank or… break,” says Shelley Lindgren, James Beard-award winning sommelier at SPQR and A16.

6 12-3/4-Ounce Inalto Wine Glass, Set of 6

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“The beautifully angled bowl accommodates a variety of styles, allowing for a full expression of the wine,” says Steven Rogers, general manager and sommelier at Josephine Estelle. Plus, the price is approachable, without sacrificing quality or design. 

7 Denk' Art Universal Glass

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“Handmade, light as a feather, and stunningly elegant, they make everyday wines taste more special and indulgent wines display their full potential.

With their near weightlessness, Zaltos are far and away the best glass I have found to make a wine’s texture shine.

While the price tag might not make them an everyday wine glass, they are perfect for a special occasion or splurge bottle,” says Jen Fields, wine director for Alden & Harlow, Waypoint, and Longfellow Bar.

8 Vivant Chardonnay Tumbler, Set of 2

“I pretty much drink everything these—including beer and juice. They're simple, yet classic, and extremely durable,” says Danielle Ayer, co-owner, general manager, and wine director of Talulla. “I hate to say it,” she adds, “but any wine works in this glass, from a light bodied white or rosé to a robust red, or even something sparkling!” Bonus: They fit nicely in the dishwasher. 

9 Wine Enthusiast Universal Wine Glasses, Set of 2



“It's just the right size for all of my white, sparkling and rosé wines, and the glass is truly crystal clear allowing for the intense colors, and aromas, to emanate from the bowl.

Plus, the thin lip offers a delicate feel on the mouth,” says Marshall Tilden III, vice president of sales at Wine Enthusiast Companies.

And, if you're prone to snapping stems, these are sturdier than most lightweight glasses, he adds. 

10 Bordeaux Grand Cru Wine Glass, Set of 2



If you're looking for a splurge, Jörn Kleinhans, PhD, principal at The Sommelier Company, says “This is one of the greatest wine glasses on earth. It's light, thin, large, exceptionally well balanced and super functional for advanced smelling and drinking.”

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