But keep in mind that the typical holiday table is covered not only with plates, but also serving dishes. There’s not much room to maneuver, and it’s easy to accidentally knock over glasses — especially if each person has at least two glasses in front of them, which we highly recommend.
If you’d like to combine style with sturdiness, consider wine glasses from Simon Pearce in Quechee, Vermont. You’d be hard-pressed to find another piece of stemware that possesses the aesthetic appeal and serving versatility of that company’s Essex collection.
Distinguished by its generous bowl, substantial stem and sturdy base, the Essex is the ideal vessel for water or wine.
It’s also good to know that Simon Pearce takes wine seriously. At its acclaimed restaurant in Vermont, established in 1983, a terrace dining room overlooking the falls stands open in the summer and is glass-enclosed during winter. The restaurant is acclaimed as one of Vermont’s finest, drawing Gourmet magazine’s highest rating from food critic Peter S. Jennison.
House specialties include homemade breads and soups, fresh salads, seafood, horseradish-crusted cod and an award-winning wine list. From November through April, wine dinners are featured. The 2014-15 season continues on January 16 with “Tuscan Wines.”