Glassware: Whatever Does It Mean?

There are almost as many stories and theories about glassware as there are glasses. Some say buy over-sized wine glasses for everything, even cold soups and desserts. Purists, however, contend that each type of beverage requires a specific type of glass. Legend and folklore have their place in the history of glassware as well. Supposedly, Marie Antoinette had wineglasses molded in the shape of her breasts. Like most legends, however, the truth gets expanded and distorted with every retelling of the tale. No one will ever be able to say for sure, whether they were 32A champagne glasses, 36-D goblets or 40 DD brandy snifters. So much for legends!

When buying glasses for your table, select those with tops that taper slightly inward. This will prevent much sloshing and swirling. Also, if you can, choose clear and plain glasses over colored and faceted. Classic simplicity is always beautiful for all occasions. Avoid long-legged stemware for it is not long for this world. I once had a set of eight and they were gone within two months. They break easily, although I am not sure exactly why.

Don’t spend too much money on glassware because it may and often does break. To avoid having a cow if this should happen, don’t buy antique glassware unless you plan to keep them in a china cabinet forever. I myself have a very expensive set of Baccarat crystal glasses that have been in my family for years. I use them every Thanksgiving, but always with much trepidation. A good tip is to always store glassware and china so that they are easy to retrieve and put back, (next to Grandma’s cut glass punchbowl, for example, is not a good idea.)

Enjoy your glasses, whichever kind you choose.
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Marjorie Dorfman is a freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of New York University School of Education, she now lives in Doylestown, PA, with quite a few cats that keep her on her toes at all times. Originally a writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non-fiction writing in the last decade. Many of her stories have been published in various small presses throughout the country during the last twenty years. Her book of stories, "Tales For A Dark And Rainy Night", reflects her love and respect for the horror and ghost genre.