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Best Glassware in a Restaurant


If you’re skeptical of claims that glassware changes the drinking experience, head to Charlie Bird for some experiential proof positive. The restaurant pours its reds, whites, pinks, and bubbles into stemware from Austrian glassblower Zalto, world-renowned for its fine (and expensive) chalices. Each whisper-thin goblet was crafted with respect for Venetian glassblowing traditions, its bowl curved to optimize the nose and palate; the first time you pinch a stem between two fingers and bring the vessel to your lips, you’ll feel like you’re in danger of breaking it. Whether the glasses actually change the taste of the wine is debatable, but sipping even a budget quaff from a Zalto feels like a luxury — which makes a meal at Charlie Bird feel more luxurious, too.