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Top 5 Crystal Wine Goblets, Glasses and Stemware for Best Gifts

Updated on January 12, 2018
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.


Crystal Wine Goblets

Are you searching for a best gifts idea for a new bride and groom? Odds are great that they have chosen from among one of these top 5 crystal wine goblets or stemware producers and hope to adorn their dinner table with one or more designs of these sparkling crystal glasses.

Obviously one can check bridal registries to see the bride and groom preferences and can order the crystal goblets from that retail store. But seldom do you find sales on such items such as can be found shopping online with Amazon products and most often the shipping is not only hassle free but also free of charge.

Thus with a few clicks of your computer mouse you can have that very special set of crystal goblets on its way to the happy gift recipients.

Perhaps this is not a gift for others. Are you wishing to toast a special occasion of your own with a pair of crystal fluted glasses and keep those as a part of what will become a cherished memory? Or are you starting your own crystal stemware collection to have available when serving dinner guests? We like to set a pretty table when we are entertaining. Adorning the table with some fine crystal wine goblets adds much to such a table setting. It is like the proverbial icing on a cake!


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Where Riedel crystal originated...

Riedel Crystal

Professor Claus Riedel revolutionized the art of creating wine glasses by bringing his wine specific Sommeliers collection to the attention of wine connoisseurs worldwide in 1973. Prior to that most wine glasses were fairly similar in shape with some being a bit smaller or larger and most all of them were thicker.

Closely working with master oenophiles it was determined that tweaking the designs of the glasses to match the characteristics of different wines actually maximized the aroma and flavor of those wines. Reidel crystal glasses now come in all sizes and shapes.

This Austrian family of master glassware makers and designers are represented around the world in upper end retail establishments. The Riedel firm was founded in 1756 and Claus Riedel was President of the family establishment from 1957 until he passed that position on to his son Georg in 1994.

Reidel wine glasses are very lightweight (almost ephemeral) compared to many other types of crystal stemware and the clarity of the crystal is superb. The thin rim of the glass between one's lips as one savors the enhanced flavors of various wines is a personal favorite.

Known wine expert Robert Parker has expressed his views with regards to what the Riedel family has created with their superb variety of stemware. Riedel crystal wine goblets truly marry with and enhance a wine lover's experience.

Riedel Ouverture White Wine Glasses, Set of 4
Riedel Ouverture White Wine Glasses, Set of 4
We started out with a different type of crystal stemware but over the years have accumulated a sizable collection of Riedel wine glasses. It is my husband's favorite type of wine glass particularly when we are serving some fine wines. We really do think that this type of stemware enhances the experience of tasting wines.

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Where Waterford crystal was born.

Waterford Crystal Goblets

Waterford, Ireland was the first site of what was to eventually become world renowned fine crystal creations known by the name of Waterford. It was founded in 1783 by George and William Penrose and that first company closed in 1851.

Waterford crystal resurfaced in 1947 and has gone through a tortuous series of different ownership and manufacturing facilities. Today it is produced in locations such as Germany and the Czech Republic under the ownership of the company WWRD Holdings, Ltd.

Waterford crystal goblets are typically a heavier type of goblet with cut glass designs. Many people including some of our friends choose this type of fine crystal to grace their dining tables.

Vera Wang

Most people have probably heard about Vera Wang fashions because of her exquisite wedding dresses worn by such people as Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Holley Hunter and others who have chosen her detailed creations for their wedding days.

Growing up in New York and being the child of affluent Chinese American parents, Vera Wang attended private schools and regularly flew to see fashion shows in Paris with her parents. So she was not a stranger to this lifestyle.

Her work history includes working for Vogue magazine as senior fashion director for 16 years and she also worked a a design director for Ralph Lauren for a period of time.

When the Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan wore that filmy and most beautiful white Vera Wang dress when competing, Vera Wang's reputation became even more widespread. Michelle Kwan, another Olympic skater has worn her designs. Vera Wang has personally competed in international skating competitions so definitely has an idea of how her fashions dress a body while doing those gymnastic feats on ice.

From her first luxury salon showing bridal collections in 1990 Vera Wang branding has now been expanded to include not only crystal goblets but extends to fragrance, designer eyewear, jewelry, shoes and other things found in home collections even such things as mattresses!

Choosing Stemware to Enhance Wine


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The home of Orrefors.

Orrefors Crystal

This Swedish glass and crystal maker first originated in 1725 when Lars Johan Silversparre built a furnace and smithy at "the beautiful river that flows into Lake Orrenas." The iron works was named Orrefors which means "the Orre waterfall." This was near the small village of Kosta.

From that small beginning, production was ramped up significantly in the 1910s when the glass works came under the ownership of Johan Ekman of Gothenburg.

He hired Simon Gate who was an artist classically trained in portraits and landscapes in the year 1916. The following year the artist Edward Hald who had studied under the artist Matisse and who created more modern designs joined the firm. Creating glass works and fine crystal became intertwined with fine artistry due to these artist's influence.

At the Paris Exhibition in 1925 Orrefors and the artists Simon Gate and Edward Hald won the Grand Prix Medal catapulting Orrefors onto the international market of fine crystal makers.

From that early beginning new artists and fine craftsmen keep the image of Orrefors alive and flourishing. Everything from heavy cut glass to intricately embossed crystal to simple and unadorned lines of fine reflective goblets can be found in their offerings.

All of these fine crystal houses make not only crystal wine goblets but other objects of beauty as well. Do you like Orrefor's crystal?


All Star Trading founded in 1936 was the precursor to Mikasa. Mikasa in Japanese means "three umbrellas."

The main reason for this company's success is that they own no manufacturing facilities and contract out all of their production. This makes them very flexible depending upon the value of global currencies and labor costs.

In the 1970s crystal stemware was added to their lines of other merchandise which includes cookware, bath accessories and a host of other household goods. Much of Mikasa's continuing success is due to the fact that they price their goods to attract a broader range of the buying public not simply concentrating on those with higher incomes.

Due to reasonable pricing, one does not have to have butlers and maids in order to enjoy some Mikasa crystal wine goblets in one's home!

Which of these crystal wine goblets do you prefer?

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Hope you enjoyed reading a bit more information about the history of these top 5 crystal wine goblet and stemware makers. They do make for terrific gifts for yourself or others!

Sparking wine being poured.
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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dale,

      Yes, there are many sizes and shapes of wine glasses. The curious thing is that sometimes those who decide which is best to be used for certain types of wine change their minds. I guess those who like to keep up-to-date with the latest fads have to keep purchasing more glasses.

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      Dale Anderson 

      12 months ago from The High Seas

      I remember the first time my mother showed me a crystal champagne glass when I was a kid. I was a little mesmerized by it, to tell the truth. It never even crossed my mind that there were different 'types' of glass.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello beko,

      There are many other fine makers of crystal. I just chose to focus on these for this article. Thanks for adding information about one that you really like.

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      6 years ago

      Hello, and what about the royal crystal rock, is also an old company and with beautiful wine glass, i have many wine glass from waterford and others but i love on top of all the royal crystal rock due to is lovely design,brightness. Honestly i can not understand why R.C.R. is not mention.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello funky23,

      Thanks for commenting on this top 5 crystal wine goblets and stemware for best gifts hub. Judging from the past 3 hubs of mine in which you have left comments, I am guessing that you are a wine lover. Is that correct?

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      9 years ago from Deutschland

      absolutely well done

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Prasetio,

      Thanks for taking a look at this top 5 crystal wine goblets hub. Yes, fine crystal always makes it as a best gifts item. Wishing you a wonderful and Happy New Year in turn. Always happy to see you commenting on my hubs! :-)

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      crystal is always beautiful and I believe this is become the best gift. I can see the beauty and the clearness of this stuff. Peggy, you made this so beautiful. I am so happy to know this from you. I give my vote to you. Happy New Year.

      Love and peace, Prasetio

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tony,

      Glass making in general is fascinating whether it is for the purpose of making crystal wine goblets or other types of decorative objects. I think that most people appreciate the beauty of the glass blowers and glass makers craft whether they choose to purchase it or not. It certainly calls for expertise in its creation.

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      I am no longer a wine drinker but IO do like beautiful glassware or crystal. Thanks for sharing this info about such beautiful examples of the craft.

      Love and peace


    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Cheryl,

      These top 5 crystal wine goblets are beautiful to behold as you mentioned. Some friends of ours have the Waterford goblets as their chosen crystal and they do have a distinctive beauty. We prefer the simpler designs offered by Riedel...but all of them are nice to have when hosting and toasting. :)))

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Hello, hello,

      These top 5 crystal wine goblets and stemware do offer a great selection as best gift items. Of course there are others as well but these seem to be very popular. Thanks for the comment.

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      Cheryl J. 

      9 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for sharing the beautiful hubpage and display of the top 5 crystal wine goblets. I love the Waterford Goblets. They are treasures to behold. A great hubpage and beautiful photos of the many styles of stemware.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      They are such a beautiful craftmanship. You have chosen a very tasteful selection.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi susannah42,

      We also have quite a collection of crystal wine goblets acquired over the years. We also like to entertain so get to use them on a semi-regular basis. We use the good crystal goblets when just the two of us share a good bottle of wine.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello SteveoMc,

      Even if you splurge and only have a couple of crystal wine goblets, somehow that inexpensive bottle of wine is delivered in such great fashion that the perception of taste is enhanced. Worth every penny! :-)

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      9 years ago from Florida

      I love glasses and goblets. I have the entire set of waterford, some bacarat crystal, and various glasses and goblets that I just like.

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      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I probably won't be able to afford much of this, but my preferance would be to mix them. There are a couple from each collection that I really liked. I might try a couple of them to have for special occasions, like when I pay more than $5 for a bottle of wine. Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      These crystal wine goblet makers also make water goblets and other things as well. I did not grow up drinking wine but learned an appreciation of it in later years after marrying my husband. We do enjoy drinking a fine vintage wine in a crystal wine goblet on occasion. Thanks for the speedy comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I can see where these might be very attractive for people of a certain lifestyle. Our family are not particularly wine drinkers nor do we know much of any body who is.

      In movies it alwys seems classy to see people drinking wine in fancy goblets though.


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