Why You Need Some Stemless Wine Glasses

Dio natural wine bar in Washington, DC

Why You Need Some Stemless Wine Glasses

If they're good enough for sommeliers, they're good enough for us

Serving up unpretentious natural wine at DC's Dio.

Let's just get this out there, right from the start: There's nothing wrong with a classic, stemmed wine glass. They're elegant and timeless. They're the proper option for big wines like Bordeaux or Barolos that need the room to swirl and "breathe." But do you need an oversized, top-heavy glass when you're simply enjoying your favorite $15 bottle at home? Not really.

Instead, follow the lead of easygoing Europeans and stick with the short, stemless glasses—the kind you might find at an alfresco bistro or neighborhood cafe. They're easy to store, hard to break and can double as a snifter for brandy or bourbon.

Duralex tumblers
Duralex tumblers

When Sonoma County native Stacey Khoury-Diaz opened Dio, a natural wine bar in Washington, DC, she opted to serve most of her wines in Duralex tumblers, the familiar juice glasses made by the French company that invented tempered glass. She said these stout glasses are the same kind her family and many other winemakers choose to drink from.

There's just an inherent casualness to going stemless. You don't have to worry about the shape or the thickness of the glass. There's no right or wrong way to drink out of a stemless glass, which makes it a whole lot easier to just sit back and sip. And if you're now in the market for a stemless option, we've rounded up some handsome glasses for you.

The Best
Stemless Wine Glasses

La Rochere Fleur De Lys Tumblers

Fleur De Lys tumblers,
$48.88 (for six) by La Rochere

Snowe Italian Crystallized Glass

Italian crystallized glass,
$48 (for four) by Snowe

Duralex Picardie Tumblers

Picardie tumblers,
$12.86 (for six) by Duralex

Schott Zwiesel Stemless Cabernet Glasses

Stemless Cabernet glasses,
$10 by Schott Zwiesel

Waterford Lead-Free Crystal Glasses

Lead-free crystal glasses,
$60 (for two) by Waterford

Riedel Pinot Stemless Glasses

Pinot stemless glasses,
$29.99 (for two) by Riedel

Bormioli Rocco Bodega Tumblers

Bodega tumblers,
$19.99 (for 12) by Bormioli Rocco

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