Don’t let the chunky appearance fool you: Made just outside Venice, Murano glass is very thin and fine. The swirl pattern is jazzy, but obscures the wine’s color (723 Fifth Ave., at 56th St.; 800-883-2777).
Lavishly handblown and hand-cut, this imported glass is thin enough to let taste shine through, and the ample stem keeps hot hands off the bowl. (At Takashimaya New York, 693 Fifth Ave., near 54th St.; 800-753-2038.)
Platinum around the rim is a classy form of ostentation. But the wide rim allows the aroma and flavor to escape. (At Pavillon Christofle, 680 Madison Ave., at 62nd St.; 212-308-9390.)
Rosenthal, $50 for set of two
This chic trapezoidal stemware is based on an original design by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. (At Michael C. Fina, 545 Fifth Ave., at 45th St.; 212-557-2500.)
Deborah Ehrlich, $38
If you have heavy dishwashing hands, rest easy—no need to worry about snapping off a delicate stem with this one. (At Takashimaya New York.)
Vera Wang for Wedgewood, $25
Not surprisingly, this is a popular choice for bridal registries—even though it’s machine-made on an assembly line. (At Bloomingdale’s.)
Calvin Klein Home, $20
Handblown and hand-polished, this is generously proportioned to hold the heaviest of red wines. It’s one of the few lead-free options, too (654 Madison Ave., at 60th St.; 212-292-9000).
Villeroy & Boch, $14.95
They’re handmade in Austria, but these heavy goblets have a Venetian sense of grandeur, and each one is slightly different. (At Gracious Home, 1217 Third Ave., at 70th St.; 212-517-6300.)