Magazine article Black Enterprise

Through Colored Glasses: A Retro Classic, Today's Barware Is Taking on New Color; Opulent Jewel Tones Are the Fashion When Stocking Your Bar or China Closet

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Through Colored Glasses: A Retro Classic, Today's Barware Is Taking on New Color; Opulent Jewel Tones Are the Fashion When Stocking Your Bar or China Closet

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COLORED GLASS HAS class. Elegant or whimsical, clear or opaque, splinter thin or bottle thick, colored glass is an old idea--reborn for the '90s. Since glass was first invented by the Egyptians 4,000 years ago, drinking glasses made from it have been mostly transparent with colored glassware weaving in and out of favor. In earlier days, when wine was often clouded with floating particles, colored glassware hid its impurities. As technology made wine clearer, people wanted to see its lucidity and transparent glassware came into vogue. Perhaps because we trust our drinks now have jewel-like clarity, we're drinking from colored glassware again.

Available in a rainbow of colors--cobalt, amber, rose, green, turquoise, plum and yellow--some bar glassware has a colored base that reflects up into a clear bowl; others are completely imbued with color. Wine glasses may have colored stems and clear bowls--or just the opposite. Most major department stores and many specialty stores and catalogs offer a range of colored glassware. All can enhance and diversify your barware collection, and put a new twist on entertaining.

From Mexico comes thick, rustic glasses that are deep, solid and comfortable in the hand: an eight-ounce double old-fashioned glass in cobalt, turquoise or deep green; and cobalt wine glasses and goblets ($5-$7).

Spain makes two series of glasses in a pale gray-green tint: Luna glasses include a 16-ounce highball glass ($7) and an eight-ounce wine glass ($6); Verde glasses feature an 18-ounce highball ($4), a double margarita ($5), double old-fashioned ($4) and a wine glass ($5). …

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