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BHC Ponders Wine Glasses

by Julie on September 22, 2011

in Crockery, Libations

Old Mother Hubbard, went to the cupboard
To pour her dear friends some wine.
When she got there, the cupboard was bare
So they toasted themselves with wine in little plastic cups from Ikea…

No, no no no. This doesn’t even rhyme.

But it’s true. I don’t have anything to pour my wine into.

Something has to break, although to look at my wine glass selection right now, most of it already has. I have several glass drinking receptacles, none of them matching, and about eight little plastic cups that still exist because, I suppose, they can’t break (or rather, nobody has tried very hard.)

Any self-respecting middle-aged writer needs to have at least eight respectable glasses into which to pour alcoholic beverages for herself and her friends. Isn’t that a given?

I don’t need fancy. I don’t even need standard wine glasses. Indeed, those are dull and I’d much rather have some intrigue and color in my life when I’m libating with friends. So I went on the internets and found me some options. Check ’em out:

These look fun. And elegant. Not to mention ergonomic.

Ergonomic wine glasses

Tipsy yet?

These are pretty and whimsical. I like whimsy with my wine.

green goblets

The Green Goblets

These are pretty as well, and also from Etsy (we like patronizing the independent artists, we do).

red wine goblets from Etsy

There will be red things...

Or these adorable French bistro wine glasses…from FRANCE! Le Neato!

french bistro wine glasses


Speaking of French…well, no, let’s say European, look what Karl Lagerfeld has designed:

Karl Lagerfeld wine glasses

...but I would need a whole new life to match these...

I saw THESE gorgeous things while flipping through the Architectural Digest at my kids’ ortho appointment the other day, gawping over the Parisian apartments of well-kept women. Lagerfeld is a tragic victim of fashion, but he sure can design.

Alas, I can’t afford even one of these glasses, much less a set. Mostly because I would then need a bigger house, a faster car, a swankier address, better shoes, a couple of nannies and a little dog for my purse.

Also I would have to stop swilling the Two-Buck Chuck. And that’s just not gonna happen.

I could go on and on, but then I found these.

wine tumbler

This wine glass is JUST right...

What’cha think? Got any better suggestions??

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious September 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

Swear to God, have you been to a thrift store lately? I get my BEST finds at this store in Malibu, or there is one in Santa Monica on Lincoln near the Payless Shoe Store that I go to sometimes. Here’s my ditty on it at ShockD http://www.shockinglydelicious.com/find-unique-kitchen-stuff/ which leads to my Malibu.Patch.com article with a lot more photos of what I found. Seriously, go to a thrift store. And consider NOT getting a matching set of 8 glasses. Why do they have to match? Just sayin’


Julie September 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

LOVE it! Dorothy, you’re a gal after my own heart!


Haylo September 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Ooohh, what Dorothy said!

I love them all. Yes, I’m a glass receptableaholic and would love to imbibe with any of the above. I made it a habit to buy any and all sets I fell in love with to include handmade painted ones in which the paint is all gone or glasses smashed to bits. sigh

Incidentally, last night on The Big Bang Theory, the character Penny in searching for a wine glass and finding none settled upon a liquid measuring cup with a handle stating, “Wine glasses should have handles anyway.” Yeah, I kind of agree with that. 🙂


Julie September 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

OMG I saw that and laughed my arse off…”Measuring your alcohol intake?” Bwahahahah!!


Jamie September 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I like them. They remind me of Weebles, less spillage I would imagine. You could always go rustic italian – Ball mason jars (a little over $10 for twelve at Target)


julie September 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I could go with good old fashioned jelly jars, too, couldn’t I.
You might also ask why I need wine glasses at all when I could just swig from the bottle…
But I’m trying to set a good example for my children….


Jamie September 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

And I completely forgot about the thrift stores! They have some amazing glassware and crystal if you’re not worried about owning a full set. For very special occasions I break out my collectible Burger King LOTR light up glasses.


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