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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wine Goblets Explained in Simple Terms

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By Violet Jameson

If you couldn't identify wine goblets when asked what they are, you're probably not alone. The word goblet isn't really a part of our everyday vocabulary, yet in all likelihood you probably know what a goblet is, even if you don't think so. Pewter goblets aren't as popular as they were centuries ago, but they're still all over the place.

The wine goblet, though essentially the same thing as a glass, does have a different shape. You'll find a wider composition that almost resembles a bowl, and the thin handle of wine glasses is much thicker when it comes to the goblet.

Wine goblets were first introduced to the world in about 400 AD. The original ones were made of materials like clay and ceramics, as local potters produced them. While they were in fact used for red wine, they were also used for other occasions at many ceremonies and rituals.

This tradition can still be seen in effect today, as you'll find wine goblets used at many weddings nowadays. Think back to the last wedding you might have been to and try to remember someone making a toast there. Chances are they used something like pewter goblets, as these take on a more traditional look and feel. Still, you'll probably realize that the goblet took on a different shape from the typical wine glass.

The original wine goblets were typically reserved for high society. They were by no means a common accessory used by the masses. To own pewter goblets symbolized status and wealth.

They were also seen as a mark of class, and the best ones were used at high profile events (in a way, they still are when you think about weddings). Materials such as pewter and silver were most popular in the past, but crystal and glass are the most popular form of wine goblet today.

If you're looking for wine goblets, you'll be happy to know that their use is still very widespread. You can buy goblets made of crystal, glass, silver, plastic, and of course, the traditional pewter goblets.

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