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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What is your opinion of trendy stemless wineglasses?

—Bill N., Buffalo, N.Y.

Dear Bill,

Some of my friends like these because they fit well in the dishwasher, they're easier to store, they don't tip over or break quite so easily—and like you said, they're trendy and modern.

Me? I'm neither trendy nor modern. I worry about the temperature of my hand warming the wine. Plus, fingerprints on wineglasses drive me batty. I find some of the larger versions a bit difficult to hold onto, and my swirling expertise becomes useless without a stem.

—Dr. Vinny


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