The Art of The Wine Glass

The Art Of The Wine Glass! 

Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir Glass
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Nothing upsets me more than a restaurant that provides sub par wine service! 
Most common wine no no's are serving excessively cold white wine from a refrigerator. The second is crappy wine glasses. I feel that if a restaurant sells wines on their list for $40 or higher, that they should provide them to their customers in a good wine glass, period! 

Investing in quality glassware can also have a big improvement on how your wine tastes. The industry leader is Riedel (rhymes with needle). The Riedel company is 250 years strong and the world pioneers of glass design and shapes. Glasses are widely distributed throughout the US. A number of fine dining establishments such as Danny Meyer Restaurants serve wine to their customer exclusively in Riedel glasses. 

If you have an opportunity to attend a Riedel Glass Tasting Seminar be sure to participate. Attending will make you a believer! It is said that tasting wine challenges your 5 senses. Riedel glasses can reveal a 6th sense, the texture of wine. 

This summer I had the pleasure of attending a seminar that was led by Maximilian Riedel. It featured 4 different Vinum XL wine glasses versus "joker" glasses, which are basic hotel glasses. 

Riedel's Oaked Chardonnay Glass showed a drastic improvement to a popular selling California Oaked Chardonnay. "Do you wish to go on a Chardonnay diet?" Asked Mr. Riedel. "A Chardonnay of this quality is diluted in the wrong glass!"

I noticed a drastic improvement of all wines tasted with these glasses. Primary improvement was expanded fruit flavors, acidity, roundness and texture. When we switched wines and poured them into the wrong glasses, alcohol became more prominent and acidity was bumped. 

The Riedel Vinum XL set includes one each glass for Grand Cru Riesling, Montrachet/Oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir/Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
Retail price: $135

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