What is the difference between wine, glass, crystal and glass?


Release time:

2023-09-25

When buying wine glasses, in addition to looking at the shape of the glass, the material is also a part of our selection of wine glasses that cannot be ignored. Wine glass material can be simply divided into glass and crystal wine glass. So, what is the difference between crystal glasses and glass glasses?

What is the difference between wine, glass, crystal and glass?

The types of wine glasses on the market are various, and how to choose is also a science.

When buying wine glasses, in addition to looking at the shape of the glass, the material is also a part of our selection of wine glasses that cannot be ignored. Wine glass material can be simply divided into glass and crystal wine glass. So, what is the difference between crystal glasses and glass glasses?

Ordinary glass wine glass material is thick, and to ensure firmness, the edge of the cup will be reinforced, but this will not improve the wine tasting experience. Glass wine glasses are usually less expensive.

Since the main component of glass is silica, the molecules of this substance are not easy to chemically react with other substances, which is an inert material, and the glass is not breathable, so when cleaning with a cup washing machine, it is not easy to remain in the detergent. High borosilicate glass is a kind of high-grade glass, which has the characteristics of durability, heat resistance and scratch resistance.

The crystal wine glass is not made of crystal (quartz), but is made by adding 2%-30% of minerals to the glass. This mineral is usually lead, its role is to strengthen the glass material, so that the glass can meet the two conditions of light and durable.

Crystal wine glasses, more precisely lead or mineral wine glasses, because the glass wall is thin and strong, in the clink, the sound is very crisp. The leaded crystal wine glass has excellent performance in refracting light, making it more transparent and clear when observing the wine. There is a crystal glass on the market that does not use lead, but uses a certain proportion of magnesium and zinc instead. This kind of glass has the advantages of lead crystal glass and can be cleaned with a cup washing machine.

From the quality point of view, whether it is lead, or lead-free crystal glasses are high-quality wine glasses. It should be noted that most crystal wine glasses contain lead, but drinking with this glass will not dissolve the lead in the glass. The reason is that the wine is not in contact with the glass long enough, unless the wine is stored in a leaded crystal glass or decanter for more than a week.

The mineral content in crystal wine glasses from different producers may vary. For example, the United Kingdom requires the mineral content of crystal glass products to reach 24% or more, while the United States is more relaxed, depending on the manufacturer's instructions.
Finally, whether to choose a glass or a crystal glass depends on personal needs. Do not like hands-on cleaning glasses, the use of ordinary glass glasses or lead-free crystal glasses. Often break things, choose ordinary glass glass. Value the quality of the glass, the selection of hand-made crystal glass. If there are children or pets in the family, it is best to choose a glass wine glass with a lower price, or a glass-free wine glass that is not easy to touch.