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Engraved and Imprinted Wine Glasses

Over the years we have worked very hard to become a premier provider of decorated wine glasses. As part of this endeavor we have provided decorated stemware to clients for all manners and scales of events. Needless to say we get a lot of questions involving the etiquette and best methods of decorating wine glasses. This is a short intro on wine glasses and using wine glasses for events and gifts.

Types of Decorating Wine Glasses and Decanters:
Traditionally wine glasses have been engraved with monograms, commemorative date and names, such as weddings and anniversaries and more recently corporate logos. Wineglass engraving or 'etching' is accomplished by covering the glass with a 'mask' or 'film pattern', then 'sand is 'blown'" against the surface. Wherever the glass is not protected by the masked pattern, it becomes "etched" or engraved where the sand strikes the surface. This procedure is different than metal etching techniques where the surface is covered with wax or resin, a design scratched into it and the material immersed into acid. The third method of glass etching is actually a form of engraving. The operator imprints the pattern or design on glass with a high speed drill and used a fine, steel bit to engrave the decoration or text. The drill can be used freehand but is usually done with the aid of a stencil guide, in order to trace over a pattern or design.

Wine Glasses normally are 'engraved' when the value of the glass is above $5.00 and in smaller quantities or as special gifts. Wine glasses can also be imprinted with ink and is a less expensive method of decoration, which is why it is used for less expensive stemware and when it is necessary to decorate a large number of glasses with an identical logo or message. It is important to note that most commercial stemware decorators have a special color ink that is used for imprinting stemware to 'look' like it is engraved or 'frosted'. This method is very popular for decorating stemware for events and gives the stemware an upscale look. Because the process is priced per color it also allows the wineglass to be decorated on both sides at no extra charge, one for the event name and the other side for a date or sponsor logo or name. This process is called 'satin imprinting' or 'satin etch', even though it is not actually etching or engraving the wine glasses.

Materials:
Wine glasses made of fused or cut glass can create a rough, thick lip, from which it is not as pleasurable to drink out of. Blown glass results in a better wineglass, with a thinner wall and a 'sheer' lip, and is usually required to impress non casual wine drinkers. These glasses are usually made of crystal or lead crystal. Lead crystal glasses' advantages are primarily aesthetic, having a higher index of refraction, thus changing the effect of light passing through them. They are also heavier. Since the advent of California's Proposition 65 rule it is required to label all glasses containing lead when shipping into the state or California.

Shapes:
The shape of the glass is also important, as it concentrates the flavor and aroma to emphasize the wine's characteristic. The shape of the glass directs the wine itself into the best area of the mouth from the varietal.

Traditionally wine glasses have stems. A new trend in wine glasses is the "stemless" wine glass which comes in a variety of sizes and shapes . The Riedel - O wineglass has made this style a household item.

For most casual wine drinkers wine glasses can be divided into three types: red wine glasses, white wine glasses, and champagne flutes. Wine tumblers like the Riedel - O (without stems) are also popular and are made for red, white and champagne.

Red Wine Glasses:
Glasses for red wine are characterized by their rounder, wider bowl, which increases the rate of oxidization. Red wine glasses also have particular styles of their own, such as:
Bordeaux: tall with a broad bowl, and is designed for full bodied red wines like Cabernet, Zinfandel and Merlot as it directs wine to the back of the mouth.
Burgundy: broader than the Bordeaux glass, it has a bigger bowl to accumulate aromas of more delicate red wines such as Pinot Noir. This style of glass directs wine to the tip of the tongue.

White Wine Glasses:
White wine glasses vary enormously in size and shape, from the delicately tapered Champagne flute, to the wide and shallow glasses used to drink Chardonnay. Different shaped glasses are used to accentuate the unique characteristics of different styles of wine. Wide mouthed glasses function similarly to red wine glasses, promoting rapid oxidization which alters the flavor of the wine. To preserve a crisp, clean flavor, many white wine glasses will have a smaller mouth, which reduces surface area and in turn, the rate of oxidization. In the case of sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Asti Spumante, an even smaller mouth is used to keep the wine sparkling longer in the glass.

Champagne Flutes:
Champagne stemware or Champagne 'flutes' are characterized by a long stem with a tall, narrow bowl on top. The shape is designed to keep sparkling wine desirable during its consumption. The glass is designed to be held by the stem to help prevent the heat from the hand from warming the champagne. The bowl itself is designed to help retain the carbonation in the wine. This is done by reducing the surface area at the opening of the bowl. The flute design also adds to the appeal of champagne, allowing the bubbles to travel further due to the narrow design, giving a far more pleasant visual effect.

Tasters Wine Glasses:
One of the more popular styles of wine glasses for events is called a 'taster' and is used for both red and white wines. The normal size is a 12 oz.

Packaging:
When giving decorated wine glasses as a gift it is always important to present them with upscale packaging. On the other hand when providing decorated wine glasses for a wine tasting event or a corporate event the wine glasses are normally provided at the registration table or seating tables.

 


We take great pride in presenting our collection of fine engraved Riedel crystal wine glasses and executive gifts. Our engraved crystal wine glasses line contains some of the finest crystal available in the world and can be delivered as gifts or awards, plain or custom etched to your specifications.

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