Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shatterproof wineglasses

I don't consider myself a wine snob by any stretch, but I do think that the experience of drinking wine is diminished if you drink it out of a cafeteria coffee mug, let's say, or a Dixie cup. It's always nicer out of a thin-rimmed wineglass.

So now let's put this together with going on a picnic or sitting by a swimming a pool. Not always practical to use nice stemware. That's why I like these stemless wineglasses from govino.

OK, they're plastic, but here's what I like about them:
  • they have a very delicate feel in the hand and the rim is exceptionally thin
  • the plastic is specially formulated to let you see the wine's color if you're into that
  • there's a little thumb indent that adds to the design but also lets you swirl the wine in the glass (yes)
  • they will not shatter if you drop them--big bonus if you're sitting on a stone patio
  • they are reusable, though the makers recommend hand-washing to preserve the crystal-clear nature of the "glass"
  • they do NOT contain bisphenol-A
  • they are recyclable
The 16-ounce glasses cost about $3 each and come in packs ranging from 4 to 72. You can buy them directly from govino, or you can check out their list of online and offline retailers.

P.S. The Cooper-Hewitt museum thinks they're pretty cool looking, too. They carry them in their museum store.


  1. Does it make the wine taste different?

  2. I'll have to do a side-by-side tasting of the same wine in govino and a glass and report back.

  3. Experiment completed. I poured 1 inch of red wine (petite syrah if anyone cares) into both a govino and a regular wineglass. I let them both breathe for a couple of minutes. One at a time, I swirled, sniffed and sipped. There was absolutely no plastic taste or smell as far as I could detect.
    I would still rather drink out of a glass at home, but on a picnic, I declare the govino jim-dandy.