I was fortunate to receive a collection of what I believe are Hungarian leaded cut glass wine glasses from an Aunt. In her collection was one black glass that I think is no longer produced (center front), along with Blue, Red, Gold, Green and Purple., and 6 hock glasses that included the orange glass on the far right and the smokey brown glass on the far left. I purchased liqueur glasses that are miniatures of the hock glasses, and the gorgeous snifters on each side of the photo. I have used the black glass, and those of other colors that go with it, as water glasses, but mainly I just look at them. They are so beautiful. I don’t really use the hock glasses unless I’m drinking an appropriate German-styled wine, but I still prefer traditional hocks with a clear bowl and a green stem. We use the liqueurs and snifters often. Guests specially love the snifter for Grand Marnier or Kahlua on ice shavings.
I’ve shopped for the more unusual colors several times, but find Cobalt Blue, Emerald Green, Amber Gold, and Ruby Red are easiest to find. I also have a lighter blue, lighter red and lighter green.
I have a lot of beautiful glassware and fall into the habit of reaching for the traditional glasses that I love – a larger bowl, a thin unrolled lip, thin stem and a wine charm permanently lying on the foot, just waiting for me. It’s time to mix it up a bit, but maybe not with those pictured above.