Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wine Glass Fetish

Hi.  My name is Maureen, and I am a wine glass-o-holic. I seriously can't stop collecting wine glasses.

It started innocently enough in my early 20's when I had my first apartment and bought the cheap six pack set at Target.   Not long after, I realized they were white wine glasses, and I must have some reds as well.  So, I bought some of the larger size "all purpose" ones, like you see in restaurants and bars.  Years later, and more wine experience under my belt, I yearned for Riedels.  I was celebrating my 30th birthday, single, and thought "what the hell, I'm treating myself."  (I mean, who knew if I'd ever get married!?)  I started with 4.   After I was hooked, I had to have more. 

Fast forward a couple more years, and low and behold, I do get married!  We decided to register for some nice, but basic red wine glasses at Crate and Barrel for "everyday."  (A few to many broken riedels made us think maybe we were being to extravagant using those on a nightly basis.)  Then, there's the hand painted Christmas set for the holidays, the champagne flutes, the acrylic "picnic" set, etc. 

So, this picture represents one stem, out of all my sets.  I have at least 4 (if not 8) of all the glasses shown.  We have them in our cupboard in the kitchen, in our wine "bar," and in the formal hutch... 

I've run out of space to acquire any more...

I'm entering a 12 Step program tomorrow. 



Kelly said...

I have the same problem both in the collecting and breaking of wine glasses. Because I am single mine tend to veer toward the pretty. I have one set of glasses (with one broken of course) that look like flowers from Anthropologie (so unpractical as I have since realized that the flower like glass part drips wine) and a set of purple glasses from Bloomingdales. I've pretty much given up on saving things for a wedding registry, I treat myself to the good stuff now.

Sharon said...

Too funny - we're the same way. We registered for even more wine glasses when we got married, received those and a few rogue sets to boot. We kept 'em all!

LucyinStLou said...

Welcome to the club! Isn't admitting we have a problem the first step? Most of ours are from wineries. It started with a few souveniers now it's a huge problem. I can justify it though as we do use them all. At the last St. Louis Wine Club meeting at our house we used over 70 glasses. Some were ours and some were the presidents. Needless to say there was much, much washing of glassware the next day.

Claire Uncorked said...

Uh...GUILTY! I think we've got our own little support group right here.

Our cabinets are filled with glasses from various MO wineries, & some cheapies from Target - we use those for parties.

For us & our special wine-loving friends, we do have about 10 or 12 Riedels. LOVE them! They really do make a big difference!

One of the local wine stores around here sent an email out for a tasting to showcase that difference. $40 per person for 3 or 4 wines, but you get a Bottega del Vino crystal wine glass (valued at $53.99). I've heard those are nice, & it's oh-so-tempting...but we're going to pass.

Anonymous said...

Do you know I have almost every Reidel sommelier glass in a set of 12...yeah I'm insane to, but I love them.