By Kori ~ July 28th, 2009.
Are you tired of hand washing your stemware? If so, this wine gadget could be the answer for you. Last month, I was contacted by James Roush, managing partner of StemGrip, asking me if we would like to test their product which he touted as â€œa great wine accessory that saves you time, enhances stemware sanitation and reduces stemware loss due to breakage. Our slogan is, no more hand washing stemware!â€ It sounded great, so I told him to send me a sample so we could check it out.
StemGrip attaches to any vertical tine on your dishwasherâ€™s bottom rack and the removable clips hold the wine glass stems in order to keep them from bumping, falling or cracking. The bottom line: they do work, but they are not quite as easy to use as the sales literature indicates. It is not a difficult process but can take some time to get the glasses positioned properly. I found out that Mom (LaGayle) has been using StemGrip for several years to wash her champagne flutes, but she feels they are too cumbersome to set up in the dishwasher to use for all of her stemware. In fact, she and I both use Riedel Ouverture and INAO tasting glasses as our everyday stemware which are dishwasher safe and will fit in the top rack of our dishwashers.
I would recommend StemGrip for long-stemmed wine glasses or champagne flutes that you feel comfortable putting in a dishwasher.
Have you used StemGrip? If so, how has it worked for you?
Full disclosure: We received StemGrip as a sample.
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