Vera Wang Glassware – An Amazing Gift

The unique style of Vera Wang wedding dresses has created an iconic name for the designer and many brides aspire to wear her stunningly romantic and bold dresses on their wedding day. If the price tag is a tad too expensive to splash out on for the big day the bride will at least appreciate Vera Wang glassware, designed by Wang for the reputed crystal glassmaker Wedgwood. The collaboration of these two famous names assures an elegant product that will be cherished by the happy couple.

The Vera Wang for Wedgwood collection incorporates a range of crystal glassware including champagne flutes and saucers, wine glasses and goblets, highball, old fashioned and iced beverage glasses.

Vera Wang Glassware
Duchesse Collection
Love Knot Champagne Flutes
Vera Wang Glassware
Lace Bouquet Design

Individual collections include love noir, Duchesse, sequin, peplum, orient, fidelity, classic and love bouquet. Each collection is redolent of the intricate detail associated with a Vera Wang dress and each individual piece of glassware is a piece to covet and display in pride of place. In addition to being the perfect wedding gift Vera Wang glassware is an ideal choice for anniversary and housewarming presents. Those that receive these beautiful glasses as gifts can add to their collections over time by acquiring further glasses from the same range. Vera Wang crystal glassware has a timeless appeal that will not date and will add sparkling sophistication to drink or dinner parties. It is equally suited to special occasions and special romantic moments.

Vera Wang love knot toasting flutes are perfect for raising a toast in champagne or sparkling wine. These long stemmed flutes feature a love knot on the base of the glass leading into either a silver or gold stem. Another toasting choice is the sequin flute styled in 24% lead crystal glass with octagonal cuts on the base of the glass creating a sequin effect. The Vera Wang sequin champagne saucer is fashioned in the same glass style as the flute but in a slightly rounded shallow saucer shape. The Duchesse gold collection features an 18 karat gold band around the lip of the crystal glass and the gold label includes flutes, goblets and beverage glasses.

The Vera Wang for Wedgwood lace bouquet design is simply exquisite. The champagne flutes showcase a floral motif on a polished silver plate at the base of the glass above the stem. Perhaps the most romantic of the Vera Wang glassware choices are the Duchesse encore lavender colored full lead crystal champagne flutes which make a unique style statement.

Vera Wang has expanded her collaboration with Wedgwood beyond glassware and the label now includes china and other household items. There is something special about the delicacy of her glassware though that it makes it such a treasured gift for weddings.

Schott Zwiesel Glassware Collection

When you appreciate beautiful objects yet are concerned they are environmentally friendly then look no further than Schott Zwiesel (Zwiesel Kristallglas) for all your glassware needs. This acclaimed German glassware manufacture creates exquisitely pure crystal glass with a brilliant diamond like luster that is not only chip, scratch and break resistant, but proudly boasts a strong eco profile.

Schott Zwiesel invented a unique Tritan crystal glass that is internationally patented and is exclusive to their manufacturing. Tritan is completely lead free, replacing lead with titanium and zirconium. The Tritan crystal glass is finished with a toughened glass that assures its reputation as the leader of shatter free glassware. It also features a laser cut rim to enhance the flavor and aroma of the wine. This glassware is appreciated by the finest sommeliers and is a favorite of high end caterers. Its fine international reputation means it is exported to 120 countries. The glassware is completely dishwasher safe and retains its brilliance after many uses.

This glassware is perfect for anyone prone to breakages or anxious about using their best glasses for parties or entertaining. The resilience and durability of this label means that the glasses need not be saved for special occasions but can be used on a daily basis, allowing you to use beautiful glassware you can truly appreciate while knowing that regular usage will not diminish its brilliant luster. As Tritan is impervious to chips and breakage its renowned durability adds to its environmental credentials as there is no need to replace items as one would typically do when using fragile glassware.

Schott Zweiesel creates functional glassware in a range of styles and shapes to suit every taste from classic to modern. The designs are timeless while influenced by changing trends. The collections incorporate both stemmed and stemless wine glasses, champagne flutes and coupes, whiskey nosing and old fashioned glasses, cocktail and martini glasses, water goblets, beer glasses and decanters.

The glasses are created to suit different types of wine such as light-bodied and full-bodied, and even glasses fashioned to do justice to individual wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Rioja, Chardonnay and Chianti. There are plenty of collections to browse through to discover the style of glass to suit your taste with the coveted labels including Vina, Diva, Mondial, Classico, Fortissmo and Congresso among others.

When you opt for Schott Zwiesel unique Tritan crystal glassware you will surround yourself with beautiful pieces that can be enjoyed on an everyday basis without worrying about breakages.

The Beauty of Murano Glassware

Revered worldwide, Murano glassware is created only in the Venetian isle of Murano by experienced artisans steeped in the centuries old traditions of the finest glass making. Murano, known as the glass island, dates back to the thirteenth century as the center for the creation of Venetian glass and houses the Museo del Vetro which pays homage to the history of glass. Masterful techniques were honed to perfection by the craftsmen of Murano and even today glass ateliers there have an esteemed international reputation with individual names such as Salviato, Berengo Studio, Venini, Pino Signoretto and FerroMerano standing out as worthy of attention.

Murano Glassware
Murano Perfume Bottle

Modern artisans follow in the footsteps of ancient glass makers, creating remarkable hand blown glass pieces that run the gamut from ornamental pieces and sculptures through drinking goblets, chandeliers, jewelry and perfume bottles. If you are lucky enough to visit Venice you may purchase a piece of Murano glass directly from one of the glass factories or galleries located in the area of Fondamenta dei Vetrai. The Mazzega factory and the Linea Murano Art Gallery are just two of the many sites offering visitors the chance to see demonstrations of glass making in addition to making authentic purchases.

If you are buying outside the Italian locale you will want to ensure the piece you are purchasing is indeed authentic rather than Murano style and the best way to ensure this is to look for the certificate of Vetro Artistico Murano with its distinctive blue and red markings. Even in Murano you should take care to ensure a certificate of authenticity is offered as counterfeit glass may be sold in souvenir shops. The Murano trademark limits the production of Murano glasswork to the Venetian isle in a more modern way than in centuries past. When Murano first emerged as the leading center of glasswork its skilled artisans were prevented from leaving and spilling their trade secrets.

In 1295 a law was passed preventing glass makers from leaving the city, though certain societal privileges were bestowed upon them in recompense. The isolation of the glassmakers paid a significant part in the successful growth of the Murano glass industry and ensured a Venetian glass monopoly of manufacturing excellence.

Murano Glassware
Murano Chandelier

The fortunes of Murano have ebbed and flowed through the years but modern Murano artists have revived the art of glassware by reverting to traditional techniques such as murrino, filigree and lattimo, while incorporating modern innovative styles with artistic appeal. Their enthusiasm for the craft combined with their creation of beautiful objects has ensured the international reputation of Murano glassware remains exalted.

Champagne Glasses – Flute or Saucer?

Champagne glasses
Champagne Flutes

Preparing for a wedding requires paying attention to a lot of details.  Besides the big issues, like searching for dresses for weddings and picking out your bridesmaids, little details can get by you.  Such as choosing the correct glasses for the traditional champagne toast to the new bride and groom.

The sparkling appeal of champagne has captivated the attention of aristocrats and celebratory drinkers since Dom Perignon accidentally created it. This finest of effervescent wines has always been associated with its own champagne glassware and it is only at the turn of this century that champagne connoisseurs have begun to question the prevalent use of champagne coupes and flutes and started to voice their preference for drinking champagne from wine glasses.

The champagne flute and the champagne coupe have always vied for attention with each standing out for their distinctive attributes. The flute precedes the coupe in its invention and has always been preferred as the vessel that retains the bubbles for longer. It is a tall narrow glass with a longer stem than a coupe and many feature a roughened bead at the base of the glass where the bubbles gather. In contrast the coupe is a shallow saucer like glass with a shorter stem, more prone to easy spillage.

Champagne glasses
Champagne Coupe or Saucers

The flute has earlier origins than the coupe and many stunning examples were created in the sixteenth century by the glassmakers of Murano and featured stained glass.

The champagne saucer was designed by Venetian glassmakers in England in 1663 and quickly became popular among the English aristocracy. It has retained its appeal during certain eras though wine experts have always maintained the superiority of the flute as the ideal vessel for this liquid nectar.

The flute is considered superior as it allows the aroma to concentrate and the bubbles to rise. The bubbles more quickly dissipate in the coupe and the wine loses its chill. The flute has an aesthetic appeal as it showcases the visual aspect of the bubbles rising and helps the fizz to retain its fizz for longer.

Champagne Glasses
Tulip Flute Champagne Glass

In the early part of the twentieth century the tulip shaped champagne flute with a wider lip originated and has become standard. The coupe has stood the test of time as the champagne glass most associated with extravagant celebrations and is the must have glass at celebrations that feature champagne towers.

As champagne makers experiment with ever bolder flavors wine experts have expressed their opinions that neither the coupe nor the flute does full justice to the aroma and flavors of champagne. While these two styles of glassware are still suited to less expensive effervescent wines, tasters and connoisseurs are increasingly choosing to drink their champagne from tulip wine glasses as this more modern option enhances the champagne taste experience. Even while champagne experts turn to wine glasses as their preferred vessel it is unlikely that the popularity of the coupe and flute will lose their appeal as they are so closely associated with the history of toasts and celebration.

If your party is a once in a lifetime event, consider renting your champagne glasses.

Brandy Glassware For The Fun Of It

A fine brandy or cognac is a refined delight to be savored. Cognac conjures images of fireside gatherings where fine appreciation of the aromatic liquor is appreciated in elegant surroundings. It has been enjoyed for more than four centuries by such notable figures as Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill.

Brandy has always been associated with its own distinctive glassware, from square crystal glass decanters to tulip glasses and balloon snifters. Unlike a fine wine which may require decanting to remove residual sediment there is no reason to decant brandy beyond the aesthetic appeal of its enhanced presentation and as a personal preference to pouring the brandy directly from the bottle. Brandy decanters tend to be square only because of tradition but the liquor can be decanted into any shape of glassware.

Modern decanters experiment with different shapes and the ship decanter has become a popular alternative. Brandy decanters exist simply to display the contents with a visual appeal and any shape will suffice providing the decanter has a secure stopper to prevent evaporation. Decanters can be used to conceal the fact that the contents are an inexpensive choice when the host is seeking to impress.

Traditionally brandy decanters were fashioned from lead crystal glass which was heavy and refractive. While vintage lead crystal decanters may look amazing there is a risk of the lead seeping into the contents so they should be used with caution, perhaps by decanting only enough to be drunk on one occasion rather than for storage. A safer choice is a lead free glass decanter which is lighter and less refractive yet still serves the purpose of displaying the contents in a sophisticated manner. Decanters make great gifts for gentlemen and are a popular choice to be engraved to mark special occasions such as retirements and birthdays.

Tulip Glass

Cognac drinkers are split over the merits of drinking this fine beverage from tulip or snifter glasses. The ultimate cognac connoisseurs and the most acclaimed sommeliers lean towards the tulip as their ultimate choice of glassware. Balloon snifters have a larger bowl and a shorter stem and experts believe the aroma and flavor of the liquor is more concentrated in a tulip glass than in a snifter, though there is a great appeal in holding the latter. The Vinum Hennessy tulip cognac glass is considered one of the best, while the snifter most appreciated by experts is the Schott Zwiesel pure cognac glass. Both the tulip and the snifter would be perfectly in place in any home where the art of brandy drinking is appreciated and a fine crystal decanter is on display.