My husband and I enjoy wine. In fact, it's kind of a hobby. We don't have a wine cellar (or even a special wine fridge, though I'd love one), and we certainly aren't wine snobs! But we have come a long way over the years in our knowledge of wines. We enjoy all different varieties (but I'm not a fan of most Chardonnays) and many of our favorite bottles are priced under $15.
There are a couple of wine shops close by we enjoy visiting on Saturdays for their wine tastings. One shop also has a restaurant where we'll grab a spinach and mushroom pizza and a salad for lunch. For quite some time, we've been admiring the wine glasses this shop uses for their tastings. They're made in Germany by Schott Zwiesel, the 13.7 ounce Forte Burgundy glasses, which are a nice size and shape for both red and white wines.
After many months of lusting over them and talking about purchasing some for at home, we finally decided to do it, only to find the wine shop no longer sells them! So to the Internet I went. I found them at Amazon at a better price (under $10 apiece + free shipping) and bought two sets for a total of 12 glasses. We're replacing an old set of 6 wine glasses from Crate & Barrel. Our new Schott Zwiesel glasses are a beautiful shape, thinner and lighter weight -- much better quality.
Schott Zwiesel wine glasses are made of Tritan® crystal, which is titanium-based. They are resistant to chips and breaking and are dishwasher safe. Pottery Barn's website has a video about Schott Zwiesel's patented Tritan crystal technology, which you can view here.
The wine in the photo above is a 2007 Altos de Luzon from the Jumilla region of Spain. It is a blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo grapes. We typically don't care for Spanish wines, which can be very earthy, but the Spanish wines on the tasting that week were very delicious.
Another recent purchase: two new pillows from Pottery Barn for the chairs on our porch. They have a natural material look, but are made from synthetic fiber and are for outdoor use. They are very comfy!