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What kind of wine glasses should I choose for my restaurant?

Selecting Wine Glasses

Even if you can't afford to stock your restaurant with a complete set of fine glassware, you can still choose wine glasses that deliver the best experience of the wines on your list. Choose glasses with a thin rim, narrow opening, and wide bowl. Start out with glasses appropriate to the types of wine you'll most be serving. For example, Bordeaux-style glasses for Cabernet Sauvignon. An additional tip: Whenever possible, but a few more than you'll need on a busy night; glasses do break when we least expect it!

How do I clean crystal?

Crystal Glassware Maintenance

Since crystal glassware is so fragile, it's best to clean it regularly, but not to over-clean it. Sometimes, the crystal itself is clean, but just a little dusty. in these events, use a handheld hair dryer set on cool to blow away dust particles. handling crystal can leave fingerprints. These can be removed with a little glass cleaner and a soft, lint free cloth. When you do wash your crystal glassware, do it by hand in medium-warm water with a mild lemon detergent Add one-fourth cup of ammonia, which will prevent spotting. Rinse in clean water and then leave to air-dry on a rack.

How can I clean my glassware?

Cleaning Glassware Sets

Effervescent denture cleaning tablets double as an excellent cleaning product for your glassware sets. The tablets contain peroxide, which is a strong cleaning agent. follow these steps to clean you glass sets:

  1. Fill each glass with water.
  2. Drop two tablets in each glass.
  3. Let stand for one hour.
  4. Rinse glasses out thoroughly.

How can I make my restaurant windows shine?

Making Glass Shine

Any restaurateur knows the importance of making a good impression with cleanliness. Plates and silverware should be spotless, restaurant glassware should sparkle. But it's not just what's on the table that matters: Wash your restaurant windows with methylated spirits ("denatured" alcohol) to bring out a shine and iridescence that you never knew they had! Methylated spirits are typically used as solvents and in camping fuel. Note that it is not the same as rubbing alcohol, which is ethanol made toxic and undrinkable.

What is thermal shock?

Shocking Dinnerware

Thermal shock is one of the primary reasons dinner glassware cracks or breaks. Glass takes on the temperature of the liquid it holds and/or the temperature of whatever is closest to it (i.e., a warm oven, ice sculpture, etc.). It takes the glass item some time to adjust to a new temperature. therefore, don't put your glassware through extremes. Glasses that have held ice or cold liquids should not be immediately washed in hot water. (This works in reverse as well, hot to cold.) Begin washing the glassware in room temperature water or something closer to its most recent temperature.

Should I use colored glassware in my restaurant?

Glassware Gets the Blues

Consider making a statement with one-color glassware in your restaurant. Unifying colors can make a great impact on the overall look and feel of your eatery. One great choice for restaurants that feature seafood or a water theme is blue glassware. You can find blue glassware plates, glasses, bowls, pitchers and more quite easily since it's a popular collectible. Moreover, the deep cobalt hue gives a soothing ambiance to your eatery.

Where can I buy all my tableware in one place?

One-stop Shopping For Restaurant Tableware

Supplying your eatery with tableware can be a daunting task. You want quality, but you don't want to spend a fortune. Luckily, some manufacturers have taken this quandary into account and provide one-stop shopping for all your needs. For example, reputable Libbey glassware, tableware, and flatware is available in just about any shape and style. This allows you to select within the brand for the glasses, plates, and silverware that match your restaurant or cafe's theme.

Can the right glassware make an impact on my restaurant?

It's Not All About Food

At your restaurant, your patrons' dining experience should extend beyond just delicious food. The items on (or in) which you serve your fare should also contribute to a quality meal. And don't overlook the drinks! Choose quality glassware such as Libbey Geo Heavy-base Tumblers. These versatile glasses have a contemporary design that will look great on any table. Their flared rim and solid weight make drinking out of them as much a treat as the refreshing beverage inside.


The Magic of Wine Decanters

Wine decanters can be magical pieces of glass. That's because they can single-handedly bring out the best taste in a wine. Without them, a normally smooth tasting wine can taste tart and bitter.

If you plan to serve wine at your establishment, especially wine that has sediment, you should purchase decanters. As a rule, wines priced under $25 will not need decanting because they are filtered before being bottled. But wines that are more than $25 might need decanting to bring out the true flavor of the wine. That's because wine makers leave the sediment in the wine to aid in the maturation process.

Decanting is the simple act of pouring wine out of the bottle and into another container. The two reasons decanters should be used is to separate sediment from the wine and expose the wine to more oxygen. Wine from a decanter can taste much different (and better) than wine straight from the bottle.

Decanters come in all shapes and sizes. They can cost between $30 and $300. Look for decanters from reputable glass companies such as Anchor Hocking or Libbey.


How to Properly Decant Wine

There is an art to decanting wine. Don't get caught serving your customers a decanter full of sediment!

Since wine is typically stored on its side, let the bottle stand upright at least an hour before decanting so the sediment can settle on the bottom of the bottle.

When pouring the wine into the decanter, it must be done in one pour. Stopping the pour and holding the bottle upright again before continuing agitates the sediment and mixes it into the pour. This means you will have unwanted sediment in your decanter.

How long should the wine sit in the decanter before serving? Some need only 10 or 15 minutes; others need hours. Experts suggest tasting the wine first. Does it make you pucker? Is it too oaky? If so, it needs more than an hour. If it's fairly balanced, several minutes will do.


Cleaning and Polishing Stemware

Wine glasses should be spot-free, odor-free and gleaming on your table tops as customers are seated for a meal. To keep them this way, avoid strong detergents, which could leave a residue inside the glass and destroy the taste of a wine. Thoroughly rinse and polish your stemware after each use.

To polish, use a lint-free cloth for the best sheen. Experts say go ahead and use clean coffee filters on still-damp stemware if you run out of cloth. Here's the technique experts recommend: hold the base in one hand while the other hand holds half of the towel inside the bowl and the other half outside the bowl. Your thumb will be inside the bowl and your other fingers will be outside the bowl. Twist the glass with the hand holding the base while the towel is held tightly enough to wipe the glass but not tight enough to cause tension.

For specific types of polishing cloths and wipes, look at products by reputable companies such as Kimberly-Clark Professional.


Top Five Selling Martini Glasses

According to, an international wholesale supplier of restaurant supply products, the current top five selling martini glasses are:

1. Libbey Embassy 9 1/4 ounce Martini Glass

2. Libbey Grande Super Stems 48 ounce Super Martini Glass

3. Luigi Bormioli Rigoletto 9 1/2 ounce Martini Glass

4. Bormioli Rocco Ypsilon 8 1/2 ounce Martini/Cocktail Glass

5. Libbey Domaine 8 ounce Martini Glass


Types of Beer Glasses

There are many types of beer glasses on the market to help you portray a certain image in your restaurant. Does your restaurant have an Irish, Italian or German theme? Your customers might appreciate drinking that stout from an authentic looking glass. Tap into European style by ordering brewery glasses in a German, Belgium, British, Dutch, Italian or French style.

Some of the fun differences between these classes are Belgium beer glasses generally have stems and German beer glasses have "fill marks" to show the bartender how much beer to put in and how much room to leave for the head.


The Four Essential Wine Glasses

A great wine is only as good as the glass it is served in. Experts say bad glassware can actually interfere with the taste of a wine. So don't get caught serving your carefully chosen wines in below-average glassware.

Experts say a great wine glass is a plain, colorless, tulip-shaped crystal glass with a stem and very think lip. So when in doubt, this design is a good choice.

A respectable arsenal of stemware includes the four basic glasses:

1. a general-purpose white wine glass
2. a Bordeaux red wine glass
3. a Burgundy red wine glass
4. a champagne flute


Five Ways to Safeguard Your Glassware

Libbey Glassware, a top company that provides glass drinkware, servingware and accessories for the foodservice industry, has five different ways to keep your glass products in good shape.

They are:

1. Libbey "DuraTuff" treatment: a special thermal after-process for "pressed" tumblers and stemware. The DuraTuff process is performed only on the upper portion of pressed tumblers and stemware to increase their resistance to thermal and mechanical shock. The benefit to the user is less breakage, which equates to lower glassware costs, which means higher profits.

2. Heat-treated: for tumblers and stemware, created through a special heating and rapid cooling process after the glass is formed. This secondary process on "blown" glassware is performed only on the upper portion of the glass where most abuse occurs. The benefit is more durable product that resists breakage.

3. Libbey's "SheerRim/D.T.E." (Dura Temp Edge): stemware and tumblers feature a beadless edge which is first polished to produce a fine, yet durable edge. This creates a combination of elegance and affordability in glassware for operators looking to upgrade their beverage service, while still maintaining longer service life. Longer service life with this elegant look results in lower glassware costs (vs. the higher priced brands) and higher profits.

4. Libbey's "Safedge" rim guarantee: one of Libbey's signature guarantees. If the rim of any glass covered by the Safedge guarantee chips, Libbey will replace or refund the price of the glass when it it returned to the distributor from whom it was originally purchased. This guarantee does not cover breakage.

5. "Safedge" rim and foot guarantee: if the rim or foot of any one-piece stemware item chips, Libbey guarantees to replace or refund the price of the glass when it is returned to the distributor from whom it was originally purchased. This guarantee covers such lines as Estate, Chivalry, Embassy, Perception, Lexington, Catalina and Teardrop. This guarantee does not cover breakage.


Top Five Selling Shot Glasses

According to, an international wholesale supplier of restaurant supply products, the current top five selling shot glasses are:

1. Libbey Shooters and Specialty Shots

2. Libbey Specialty Shots and Shooters

3. Anchor Hocking Shooters and Shots

4. Libbey Series V 2 1/4 ounce Series V65 Shooter

5. Anchor Hocking 1 7/8 ounce Shooter Glass

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