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Drinks Sets: Wine Or Water Glass -Which Make Better Promotional Items?

Aug 1, 2008
Drinks sets come in many shapes and sizes. When you are considering promotional items for your business, consider wine or water glasses with your company logo or slogan on them. The differences between the two are based on what it is that the glasses are being used for. Water glasses are much simpler in design and may or may not have stems. Water glasses may be any shape or size because their purpose is simply to hold water for drinking and water is essentially neutral with no smell or taste. Wines and spirits on the other hand are all considered to be better when they are served in a glass that is specifically designed to bring out the best in the drink. For instance brandy is served in a snifter glass and this is a very large stemmed glass with has a very large bowl and sides that taper in slightly at the top of the glass, this is so the drinker can enjoy the aroma as he drinks and this design is thought to best show off the flavour and aroma of the brandy.

Wines have a host of glassware or drinking sets made specifically for not only wine, but for subsets of wines, Rose, red, wine, etc. Each of these drinks has glassware that is thought to best suit the purposes of that particular wine. There are even tumblers that are also made for specific wines. Most wine glasses have stems which are held between the fingers, this can allow for the bottom of the wine glass to be cupped when appropriate. The glasses for wine are often made from very thin glass, such as blown glass. These glasses will have a very delicate appearance and will often break should they tip over. The bowl of these glasses is very deep in comparison to the glass itself and the sides are tapered inward a bit at the top on all but the glasses for the hearty red Bordeaux...Its glass is big and bold with untapered sides and the glassware design is meant to enhance the enjoyment of the wine and all its gusto. Wine glasses are never coloured in any way and they are only made of glass. The wine is best enjoyed in these kinds of glasses. There are many specialty shops and wine shops, which will happily show you many styles of glasses for drinking wine. They will be able to tell you exactly why you should not drink wines out of other styles of glasses and you can even do wine tastings from specific glasses.

There are some very famous designers and manufacturers of wine glasses and these glasses are all made to unerring specifications. However, some of the less expensive glassware has proven to be just as good in many tasting tests. The main differences that were noted are the weight and balance of the glasses. If you are just looking to stock a home bar with drinks sets, you need only have some glasses for wine, a set for spirits and some tumblers for mixed drinks. This minimum would get you by for social occasions and you could always add more drinks sets as you went along.

Whether you'd like to buy cheaper glassware or more expensive for your promotional campaign, there is little doubt that glassware makes great promotional paraphernalia. In fact, you probably own a few wine glasses or mugs with company logos emblazoned on it, right?
About the Author
Matt Franks is director of Fluid Branding, the UK's largest supplier of Promotional Drinks Sets and other Promotional Products at www.fluidbranding.com. For Eco Friendly promotional products, including Recycled, Organic and Sustainable items visit www.ecoincentives.com
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