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How to Store Wine Glasses

How to Store Wine Glasses

Wine glasses are as important as the wine itself. Every wine lover needs at least a couple of wine glasses to ensure their drinking experience is the best it can be. 

Wine glasses can make a good wine taste extraordinary, although they might not be able to do much for a lousy one. Still, what’s most important is taking care of your wine glasses, whether they’re large or small, expensive or not. 

Perhaps you think the best way to store wine glasses is in a cabinet and forget about them, but there’s a bit more than that. We will also cover a few tips and tricks to store wine glasses long-term and keep them safe for future enjoyment. After all, wine glasses are delicate, and they can be expensive — taking care of your glassware is paramount.

What’s the Best Way to Store Wine Glasses? 

Some choose up others choose down, here’s the truth: it depends. If you store your wine glasses in an enclosed cabinet away from dust particles, you can certainly keep them upward. Still, if the wine glasses are exposed to dust, store them upside down. If they hang from a rack, even better.

Wine Glass Storage

Other than that, if you want to know how to store wine glasses correctly, ensure you wash and dry your glasses after every use. Leftover wine can and will stain your wine glasses and trying to remove stubborn stains can result in scratches. 

Pro tip: Don’t store your wine glasses in the kitchen, as the glasses’ bowls hold aromas. They’ll capture the most pungent scents, and you’ll need to wash them before using them—not exactly ideal. 

How to Store Wine Glasses Long-Term?

Gently wrap them in film and cover them with newspaper or similar. Then, arrange the glasses neatly in a box and store them somewhere safe. The plastic film is important, as paper can temporarily taint your glasses with its unique scent. 

If you have storage space and know that you’ll store your wine glasses for long periods, don’t discard their original boxes. Placement in their original boxes is the safest way to keep them in optimum condition and prevent damage. 

Wine glasses are best stored where everyone can see them, as they are, without a doubt, beautiful pieces to admire. Still, if you don’t have an enclosed cabinet and don’t use all your wine glasses often, storing them in a wardrobe or your attic might be your safest bet. Wine glasses are meant to be enjoyed, but there’s nothing wrong with having a few extra ones hidden somewhere. 

How to Store Wine in a Cabinet

Tall vs. short

Tall wine glasses might not fit in average cabinets, so using custom furniture for them is not uncommon. Luckily, most commercial wine glasses fit any wine cabinet. 

Stem vs. stemless 

Stemless wine glasses are in vogue; there’s nothing wrong with them, primarily if you use them in casual tastings. Store stemless glassware in your kitchen cabinet with the rest of your stemless glasses, unless, of course, you still have space for them in your wine glass cabinet. 

Crystal vs. glass 

There’s not much difference between glass and crystal wine glasses when it comes to storage. Glass is more fragile than crystal, so the wine glasses are thicker. Crystal wine glasses are usually paper-thin, and although sturdy, they can break if you’re not careful. 

What’s the best way to store wine glasses? That’s up to you! We all have different needs! As long as you take care of your glassware just like you protect your wine, you’ll be fine.


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