Glassware Buying Guide

Glassware Buying Guide

Glassware Buying Guide

If you don't know where to start our guide will help you identify the different types of glassware from the everyday to the occasional, plus explain the reasons for such varied shapes and sizes.

Wine Glasses & Flutes

The different shapes of wine glasses are designed to magnify the qualities of your wine, so it's always best to drink from the correct glass type. Wines have distinct characteristics, and the glass you drink from should complement your tasting experience by enhancing the flavour and aroma.


Caring for your glassware

We've pulled together some general advice when looking after your glassware, but always follow the directions included with your new glassware to ensure the best results.

Hand washing

  • Recommended for the best results for all glasses. Glasses with a spray colour, printed design, lead crystal and delicate glassware should always be hand washed.
  • Wash glasses one at a time taking care not to drop them into the water.
  • Rinse with warm water to remove and suds before draining.
  • Do not drain the glasses on their rims.
  • Dry whilst still damp, using a clean, soft, lint-free cloth.


  • Suitable for most everyday non-decorated glassware, but always check the manufactures care guide.
  • Always place glasses on the top shelf of the dishwasher, allowing plenty of space between each glass.
  • Use a low temperature setting and gentle detergent.
  • Remove the glasses as soon as the washing cycle is complete and dry using a clean, soft, lint-free cloth.


  • Do not stack glasses, unless they have been specifically designed to do so, as this can cause damage.
  • Do not store glasses on their rims, always store upright.