My lovely cheap wine glasses

That’s a picture of our “last supper” in Rome – on the balcony, overlooking the Area Sacra, where Caesar was slain. Cheese, sweet plums, the fluffiest rosemary bread, wine and biscuits:

After returning home, my husband and I tried very hard to hang on to as much of Italy as we could.

I made ante pasta; we took walks; we ate more fruit! Every supper included a glass of wine and concluded with a cup of espresso…

As winter came, the ante pasta and the walks went by-the-by, but we’ve mostly hung on to having a glass of wine with supper – and espresso, after. We’ve read enough about the health benefits of wine (and, it seems, coffee) to justify our incorporating the stuff into our lives.

I am a terrible drinker, and two glasses of wine will put me to sleep — one on an empty stomach will have me swinging from chandeliers — and our giant-and-delicate wine goblets, the ones that shatter if you breathe too near them, were not practical for daily use by a hapless girl like me. Tired of the breakage, I looked around on Amazon and found these cheap all-purpose wine glasses, with which I am ridiculously pleased.

They’re cheap, but they’re just the right size and weight, and if you break one, it’s no big whoop.

But naturally, because they are cheap, they’re standing up to my clumsiness as though they were made of bronze.

I don’t mind. They come in a set of 12, so for once my table will have matching wine glasses.

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  • Jackie

    They look nice to me :)

  • Jim Hicks

    Nothing wrong with those glasses! Just don’t put the cheapest wine into them – and into your stomach.

  • Kris, in New England

    I can make it thru half a bottle of red wine before I get – silly. I can no longer drink more than one glass of white wine before I am positively stumbling.

    I too have the set of wine glasses that threatens breakage if not handled with utmost care. Those are saved for company.

    Our normal glasses are now a cheap, knock-off of the Reidel “O” stemless wine glas. These things are built like iron and can be tossed into the dishwasher.

    Holding onto Italy like that – is a very good thing. :-)

  • Kate

    Good choice. I have a set of Libbey all-purpose wine glasses also and I love them.

  • Guy

    I know the feeling — it’s hard to shift back to the American paradigm of eating once you’ve spent time in Italy.

    But, ahem, it’s “antipasto,” not “ante pasta.” “Antipasto” is something that comes before the meal, “pasto” in Italian.

  • Bonxlido

    Can I put in a plug for Dollar Store’s heavy duty wine glasses? They stand up to lively clinking, chinking and drinking!
    Anyway, people won’t care how much they cost after the first one.

  • Jane Hartman

    I have the same glasses. They go into the dishwasher and are entirely practical for large families. Good choice!