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Riedel: Just Put Our Wine Glasses in the Dishwasher

11th-generation glassmaker confirms: If Riedel's wine glasses fit, you should just toss them in the washer.

Maximilian Riedel has glass in his blood. As an 11th-generation Austrian glassmaker, Riedel is at the helm of a company that has been making fine drinking glasses for over 250 years. But after he enjoys a glass of wine, you won’t see Max rolling up his sleeves to wash his wares in the kitchen sink.

That’s because Riedel puts his wine glasses in the dishwasher. He's adamant that all of his company’s wine glasses are dishwasher safe, and he’s so confident in that fact that he chucks them in his own washer at home.

For best results, Riedel does have a few pro tips, though: First, use a Miele dishwasher. Second, keep glassware away from heavier objects like pots and knives. And third, space your glasses so they don’t “clink” in the wash. Oh, and you should also get your dishwasher serviced once a year to make sure it’s in tip-top shape.

He admits that some of Riedel’s larger glassware—like the fancy decanters and $160 sommelier glasses—won’t fit in most dishwashers, and says you shouldn’t try to force them. The company has tips on its website on how to clean those items—for everything else, into the dishwasher they go!

In my personal experience, it’s usually my own clumsiness or my dog’s reckless tail that leads to shattered wine glasses, while my dishwasher has rarely been the cause of that kind of destruction. Maybe Mr. Riedel has a point.

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