Best Overall: Gabriel-Glas “One for All” StandArt Edition
Rafa García Febles, beverage manager and sommelier at Le Crocodile in New York, has a tried-and-true mantra for beginners when glassware shopping. “Experiment, explore [and] have fun,” he says. “If you’re just starting out, you want to make sure you have a glass that lets you appreciate the nuances of a great pour, but don’t break the bank on separate $60 crystal glasses for each style of wine.” One way to go about this, according to Febles, is to opt for a durable, all-purpose glass that works with a wide variety of wines.
One industry favorite is the Gabriel-Glas “One for All” style. Available in two quality levels, the StandArt Edition and the Gold Edition, Febles recommends trying the former first: “[This glass] will show a lot of different styles near their best, allowing you to explore and develop your palate before committing to more specialized glassware.” He explains, “Generally, you want a glass with a wide bowl, thin glass and a stem: the bowl allows aromas to emerge and gather, thin glass allows the wine to flow easily into your mouth, and a stem prevents your hand from unnecessarily warming the wine or contributing off-aromas from whatever you’ve been touching.” Offering all of the above, this wine glass is also made from lead-free crystal and molded in a machine.