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Hollywood Bowl? Critic S. Irene Virbila says Govino for your wine

July 26, 2011 | 12:16 pm

IMG_8148_StackFina-1 Invited to the Hollywood Bowl, I promised to bring the wine. Nothing that demands Riedel, my friend cautioned. OK, so I won’t bring any precious, breakable glasses. But I did come up with something better than a plastic cup: the Govino wineglass made from BPA-free polymer. No stem, but the shape is perfect. They’re as thin and transparent as crystal glasses, and when you’re trudging up that hill, you’ll be grateful they don’t weigh much either. 

First designed as a way for traveling salesmen to always have a good glass to show their wines, they’re shatterproof and reusable. And they should make wine lovers happy campers at the Bowl or for any other picnic in the great outdoors. 

The basic wine glass has won both the International Design Excellence Award Silver 2010 from the Industrial Designers Society of America and the Good Design Award 2010 from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Wash by hand and store in their plastic bags, and they should last and last.

Know what else I just discovered? They make Champagne flutes too. So the next time the L.A. Philharmonic tunes up at the Hollywood Bowl, I’ll have a set of the flutes ready to go.

Pick up Govino wineglasses at your favorite wine shop for about $12.95 for a four-pack. Or order online at govinowine.com. For that big outdoor party, the site also sells boxes of 36 ($114.95) or 72 ($228.95) glasses or flutes.


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Photo: Harper Willat/Govino