Over the past few years, I have been slowly but surely breaking all my Schott Zwiesel stemware...(let's just say that hand washing is necessary, but also problematic).
Anyway, I've been putting off getting new stemware because it's a huge process for me to determine what brand, shape and price is right. I covet Riedel, but I'm not in to spending $$$ on something I will likely break in a 1 AM post-dinner party dishwashing session (I can't go to bed with dirty dishes).
A thoughtful friend bought me those stem-less Reidel glasses, but try as I might, I can't stand them. Although I think they do work pretty well for armagnac, brandy, scotch, etc.
So I'm in Target last week and I see they carry the Riedel Vivant stemware -- and I'm intrigued. I picked up 4 "red wine" glasses and found them to be darn good-looking: paper thin lip, no seams, that lovely crystal ring when you flick them. At $36 I figured they were worth the gamble. And I was right!
Long story short: if you need stemware, check these out! They have a huge array of shapes, from Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir, beer, cognac, etc. They are a far better value than the Schott Zweisel, which cost me more than $30 (and that was at a wholesale price).