We are red wine drinkers, not collectors or aficionados. We enjoy wine, but aren't pretentious about it (hopefully), and only rarely open a bottle that retails for more than $50. We have a good-sized cellar and, in an average week, we'll have wine three or four times with dinner. So we wanted stemware that was good enough to compliment the wine, but didn't break the bank, AND was sturdy enough to be washed in the dishwasher. (Because I HATE hand washing.)
After trying a myriad of options, from Pier One, to the lower-end Riedel, to even more pricy than that, we haven't found any we like better than the Luigi Bormioli Atelier. They are lightweight and look delicate, but hold up surprisingly well. In more than a year of near-daily use, and dishwasher washings, we've only lost one, and that was to a total floor drop, something no glass would have survived.
They are the perfect size and shape for a generous glass of red, leaving plenty of room, and surface area, for aeration.
They look good, hold up well and are priced right, plus we've never had a stemware complaint, even from those who are far more particular about their glassware than we are.
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