There is one, and only one, gold standard in the wine glass market and that’s the Zalto Universal Glass. Nothing we have ever tried truly compares to the look, feel and experience of using the Zalto which makes it our obvious top overall pick for best wine glass.
However, spending $60+ on a single glass just doesn’t make sense for most casual wine drinkers. If you aren’t a true oenophile (yes, that’s an actual word), it’s unlikely that the additional investment into Zaltos will be noticeable or worth it for you. All you should really be looking for in an everyday wine glass is for one that is:
- Thin enough – To properly maximize the interaction between the wine and your lips
- Thick enough – To be durable so it doesn’t easily break if you accidentally knock it over
- Dishwasher safe – So that you don’t have to get stressed about hand cleaning a bunch of glasses while hungover the following morning
- Cheap enough – So that should #2 fail, you are not too upset about it
After years of evaluating (and weekly testing) a wide variety of wine glasses, the Schott Zwiesel Tritan stood out the most in the non-Zalto category and best captured all four points above. Reviewers on Amazon have in the past criticized the fragility of these glasses but it’s possible they got a bad batch from a bad seller. Schott Zwiesel is made with German crystal which, in our experience, is about as durable as it gets. At roughly $50 for a set of 6, this makes for a very solid choice for the casual wine drinker.