How to Pack Your Wineglasses

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Quality wineglasses are a solid investment for both casual drinkers and wine connoisseurs, but depending on your current tastes and entertaining habits, you may not need to have an array of them on hand. Store rarely used pieces safely and securely to free up room in kitchen cabinets and make way for new acquisitions. For long-term storage, plastic bins or padded boxes outfitted with cardboard or padded partitions are best. Use cardboard boxes and partitions for temporary storage or when you're moving.

How to Pack Your Wineglasses
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Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent (optional)
  • Soft sponge or cloth (optional)
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic tubs with lids
  • Soft lint-free towels
  • Cardboard glass dividers
  • Packing paper
  • Clean linens
  • Bubble paper
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Self-adhesive labels (optional)
Step 1

Wash and dry the wineglasses if necessary or desired. Even a small layer of dust increases the chances of scratching during storage or moving, which will dull the glass.

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Step 2

Arrange the wineglasses by type and then group types with similar-sized bowls together if you only have a few of each style. This creates an even distribution of weight once the box is filled. Group stemless wineglasses on their own, separating them by the size of the bowl as well. Base your grouping on the widest points of the bowls.

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Step 3

Gather as many full-size wineglass boxes as you need to accommodate your stemware, and as many short glass boxes as you need to accommodate your stemless wine glasses.

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Step 4

Inventory the amount of narrow and wide wineglasses you have and procure the proper quantity of partitions or dividers. You can find wider partitions marketed for red wine glasses and narrower partitions marketed for white wine glasses, but there’s no rule against mixing. Chardonnay glasses, tumblers and vintage wineglasses tend to work best with the wider partitions of red wine dividers, while port and thinner red wineglasses fit best in white wine dividers.

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Step 5

Assemble the box, if necessary. Place a thin, soft lint-free towel or clean T-shirt on the bottom and set the partition on top of the towel. Adding a soft layer at the bottom prevents scratches on the rim of the glassware; if you’re using a padded storage box, this isn’t necessary.

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Step 6

Fill the bowl of each glass with crumpled packing paper, bubble paper or clean linens -- soft towels or socks also work well. Don’t overfill the glasses. The interior packing product should gently graze the inside edges of the bowls but not press against them.

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Step 7

Lay two pieces of packing paper on a flat surface, one on top of the other with one corner pointing toward you. Place the first glass on its side on this corner, positioning it horizontally.

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Step 8

Roll the glass and the paper twice, and fold the edges of the paper at the rim and base or stem of the glass toward the center of the bowl. Continue rolling until you reach the opposite corner of the paper. Place the glass upside down in the box, nestling it in one cell of the divider. Repeat this with each glass.

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Step 9

Move the packed box back and forth gently and slowly. Be careful -- you’re looking for movement without damaging the glass. Create balls of packing paper and place them around the stems or in other areas as necessary for a tight fit. Don’t overfill the box. The goal is to minimize movement without placing pressure on the delicate glasses.

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Step 10

Place a thin, soft towel on top of the partition if desired, and close the box. Tape it shut securely; if you’re using a plastic bin or padded box, close the lid. List the types of wineglasses inside of the box on the lid and add a fragility warning. Use self-adhesive labels if desired.

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