8 Best Stemless Wine Glasses, According to a Sommelier
If you're seeking wine glasses that are effortlessly stylish and never fussy, consider going stemless.
Traditionally, wine glasses have stems for a simple reason: When being held by the stem, they prevent body heat from your hands from raising the temperature of the wine. Most wines are best sipped at 40 to 60 degrees; well below the standard body temperature of 98.6 degrees F. Stemware helps preserve a wine's optimal temperature beautifully and looks quite elegant while doing so, but there are times and places that call for stemless glassware. The way we enjoy wine has evolved; we're not just sipping it at formal dinners anymore. If you want to enjoy wine on a picnic, or a boat, or paired with popcorn on the couch and your latest binge-watch obsession, the casual vibe of a stemless glass can't be beat.
Here are some sommelier approved options.
Best Stemless Glasses for White & Sparkling Wine
For aromatic whites and sparkling wines that you want to make sure remain nicely chilled, double-walled stemless glasses like Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sorrento Double-Wall White Wine Stemless Glasses are a creative and gorgeous solution! The inner chamber of the glass keeps your wine nice and cool, while the outer wall prevents condensation from forming on the outside of the glass. These are hand-blown, created by artisans in Germany, and as a bonus, they're also dishwasher safe.
Another excellent option for sparkling wine: Riedel Wings To Fly Riesling/Sauvignon/Champagne Glass. Reidel specializes in variety-specific glassware shapes. They have dedicated their mission to identifying the best glass shape for each style of wine to optimize its unique aromas, flavors, and texture. These stemless glasses have been formulated to fit neatly into your hand, balancing acidity and sweetness in white wines and perfectly showing off the bubbles in sparkling wine.
Best Stemless Glasses for Red Wine
For reds, look for a glass with a broader bowl; this will allow more surface area of the wine to interact with oxygen, opening it up and allowing it to release its aromas for a sublime drinking experience. Schott Zwiesel Pure Stemless Red Wine Glasses have a generously wide bowl to bring out complexity, especially for full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, and Zinfandel. They are practically unbreakable. Made from Tritan Crystal, the lead has been eliminated and replaced with Zirconium, making these crystal glasses durable and brilliant. They can survive daily rounds through the dishwasher without chipping or scratching and can also be used for cocktails on ice or punches like Sangria.
For lighter-bodied or aromatic reds like Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Barbaresco, Riedel "O" Stemless Pinot Noir Wine Tumblers have a tulip shape: the wide base narrows to a smaller aperture, gathering delicate aromas and focusing them into your nose. The "O" line was created in 2004 as the first stemless glass made by a serious glassware manufacturer known for crafting high-end glassware, so this is a true classic.
Best Stemless Glasses for Outdoor Use
For outdoor activities, especially in beaches, parks, campsites, and other venues that don't allow glass, there are some great shatterproof options. Brumate Uncorkd 14 oz Wine Tumblers are insulated, so that they can keep your wine cold for several hours; plus, they're available in an array of fun colors. They also come with a leak-proof lid, which is perfect for keeping your wine sand-free on a beach day, and a magnetic closure to keep the lid open when sipping. The large size can fit a whole half bottle of wine.
For an eco-friendly alternative to those flimsy disposable plastic glasses, consider Govino Flexible Shatterproof Wine Glasses. They are made from BPA-free polymers and are reusable and also recyclable. With an ergonomic thumb notch that allows you to get a good grip on the wine for optimal swirling, no picnic basket should be without these.
Best Festive, Decorative Stemless Glasses
For a more subtle impact, there are also fabulous, anything-but-boring stemless glasses that bring impact through texture rather than color. Libbey Hammered Base All-Purpose Stemless Wine Glasses are eye-catching and affordable; the chiseled, hammered design reflects beautifully when hit by light.
When you want stemless glasses with a fun, colorful aesthetic, you can't go wrong with the highly-Instagrammable options from Estelle Colored Glass. These vintage-look glasses were designed with the idea of being "jewels for your table" and were inspired by founder Stephanie Summerson Hall's antiquing adventures with her grandmother Estelle. The hand-blown, heirloom-quality glasses come in a mix of jewel tones and pastels and are perfect for a memorable tablescape.
Sarah Tracey is a wine, food, and lifestyle expert based in New York City. A certified sommelier, she worked her way up from spit-bucket emptier at a local winery to Michelin-starred Wine Director in top NYC restaurants. When she’s not vineyard-hopping, Sarah blogs at The Lush Life. She regularly shares food pairing, home entertaining, and beverage expertise with Martha Stewart Living, Oprah Daily, People, Food & Wine, Forbes, Elle, Refinery 29, Life & Style Weekly, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, PureWow, Brides, and Cheddar TV. Her idea of self-care is a solo Beyoncé dance party with a glass of rosé Champagne.