Silicone wine glasses: they bounce, not break

Why choose silicone wine glasses?

Everybody has experienced that terrible moment: the wine tasting gets off to a great start, you revel in the wine’s colour, swirl it around in the glass and detect perfumes of coffee, toast and liquorice. You get carried away with the magical aromas and just as you’re about to take a sip out of the glass, crash, bang, wallop, it falls and smashes to smithereens on the floor, taking with it the promise of a delicious wine. The main problem with wine glasses is, well, the glass. So is there a way of overcoming it?


Silicone wine glasses: the ideal alternative

Well, yes. Inventors have come up with a wine glass made from a less solid material that doesn’t break: silicone. The advantage of silicone is that it is a flexible and shape-memory material. Once the glass has been made, it keeps its shape but can still be twisted all ways depending on how you handle it. Whatever pressure is exerted on the surface of the silicone wine glass, it returns to its original shape once the pressure has been released.


When can the silicone wine glass be used?

One of the main reasons for inventing the silicone wine glass is that it is easy to carry. Its inventors were driven not so much by the issue of accidental glass breakage, more by the desire to offer a transportable product. How can glasses be safely carried to a picnic on the beach or in the park for example? How can they be carried in a rucksack without being broken? These were the needs that led to the creation of the silicone wine glass, allowing wines to be enjoyed at any time and in any place.


Silicone wine glasses: for or against?

Although silicone wine glasses are easy to carry, their main disadvantage ironically is that they are not made out of glass. Can quality wines really be poured into something that looks like a plastic cup, distorts the colour of the wine and has squishy edges that make it harder to enjoy that first sip? The silicone wine glass is suitable for sharing an easy-drinking rosé or a refreshing white quaffer with friends. For better quality wines though, glass is essential if they are to be properly shown off. Whilst we recognize the practical aspect, we still find ourselves recommending real glass whenever possible.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you prepared to drink wine in silicone glasses?