Picardie is the name of a French tumbler. This glass has been around for decades and is the classic design that we are all familiar with, found everywhere in France. You might get your orange juice served in one in smart hotel breakfast rooms, water alongside your menu du jour in the local café or your rosé wine at the village brocante. They are now made by Duralex in the Loire region.
The glasses on the right are the ones we bought when staying in a couple of different gîtes where there was nothing sensible to drink a glass of water or juice from. You can get them in most supermarkets quite cheaply. The one on the left is from a “set” of twelve shot glasses to the same design that we got at a brocante earlier this year for 2€ the lot.
You can get the same kind of design in stemmed glasses and we got all of these for next to nothing at different times at various local brocantes. The ones in the front are perfect for sipping a glass of sweet wine. The flutes make an ordinary glass of fizz seem really special and the larger ones are apparently for “cocktails” – according to the lady who sold me all eight of them at the brocante in Neuilly earlier this year, for the princely sum of 5€.
These are our regular daily wine glasses that we bought when staying in yet another gîte where the ones supplied were enormous and very fragile and we were afraid to use them – let alone put them in the dishwasher. Picardie glasses are very strong and user friendly, eminently dishwasher proof and cheap to replace if you happen to break one.
You can now get the tumblers in a fine array of colours. These were on special offer in the supermarket and I couldn’t resist them to cheer up the dinner table.
These are a bit different. They have the same ribs as the traditional Picardie glasses but according to the lady who sold me a set of six at a recent brocante, they date back to the 1940’s, making them vintage glasses in my book. They are perfect for a small measure of digestif (Southern Comfort being my current favourite). She sold me a set of six but I spotted that one of them was chipped so that made them a set of five – and she knocked a whole euro off the price, making it 3€ for all of them. I’m on the lookout for another one to replace it and make the set back up to six.