Forget snobbery and go for style and enjoyment. Ikea 365+ glasses, $1.99 each, . Gallery by
Glasses don’t have to be expensive. A practical, elegant glass can cost a few dollars. Ikea Rattvik white and red wine glasses, $2.29.
Anything you drink from must be generous, well-balanced and smooth. Pottery Barn Café goblet, set of six, $66. 1800 232 914,
Beware of thin stems that could snap between your fingers. Pottery Barn Verona, set of six, $37.99, 1800 232 914,
Go for squat, fat tumblers that can double as vases. Williams-Sonoma Dura-Clear faceted tumbler like they have in French bistros, $14 each, 1800 231 380,
Clear glass is classic, but don’t flinch from decorative styles, etched designs or colours. West Elm Carat glass, $10 each. 1800 239 516,
Avoid glasses that narrow at the top. Avoid anything that induces claustrophobia or could be a trap for big-nose friends. Weylandts Italian handcraft-look Sublime tumbler by Luigi Bormioli, set of 4, $49.95, available at David Jones,
When you find a style you like, buy in generous quantities. Freedom new Basin tumbler, $4.95.
Freedom Linear tumbler 370ml tumbler, set of four, $29.95. 1300 135 588,
Beware of thick rims that have an unpleasant jam-jar feel. Or thin rims that feel as if they could crumble in your mouth. Riedel red wine 4-piece set, $79,
Go for wine glasses that open out gently at the top, with stems that are no longer than the height of the goblet. Williams-Sonoma new Clara goblets, $12 each, 1800 231 380,