My first wine glasses were a comfortably durable set of short, squat goblets from World Market, bought for less than $2 apiece. They were good for everyday drinking and I didn't worry too much about breaking them. But then I was introduced to incredibly thin, delicate glasses at a friend's house, and I was smitten.
Even though I am not too fussy about the shape of a wine glass, I did find that I really enjoyed the delicacy and thin lip of a well-made, more expensive glass. So when I got married last year, nice wine glasses were one of the few things we registered for.
We initially looked at the Riedel glasses, which have a wonderful feel to them, but they seemed a little too expensive. The cheaper versions of the Riedels weren't available at our registry, and so we ended up with these Nora glasses from Crate&Barrel. They are still not inexpensive, at about $10 apiece, but they're not astronomically expensive either.
We love their classic shape, and the incredibly thin, delicate glass. They almost feel like they are taut, stretched thin and ready to vibrate. And yet they have proved to be very durable. They don't feel like they are going to just shatter in the hand, and the only one that's been broken so far fell from a height of about six feet!
I am not so refined in my wine-tasting skills (yet) to notice much of a difference between the two varieties of glasses, other than size, but we did get a selection of both the red and white glasses. The red wine glasses are slightly larger, and they each hold 15 ounces. The white wine glasses are smaller and more narrow; they hold 12 ounces.
They are quite beautiful, and we use them nearly every day. Highly recommended.
Do you have a favorite sort of wine glass? What do you use? For really informal occasions we do skip these entirely and just drink wine out of glass Duralex tumblers - which have their own charm.
• Buy them: Nora Wine Glasses, $9.95 apiece at Crate & Barrel
Related: Riedel Vivant Wine Glasses
(Images: Faith Durand; Crate & Barrel)