The Right Glass; the Right Wine
I was skeptical when I thought that a specific glass was meant for one possibly two varietals. It sounded too gimmicky; like something a manufacturer might do to sell more stemware. And after reading often that a wine is best served in it’s best vessel might have some credence. Not totally convinced I test drove Burgundy glasses with and a bottle of Pinot Noir. I tasted my precious Pinots in a non-Burgundy glass and then in a Burgundy stem. My first brand purchased was the infamous Riedel brand. I couldn’t help notice a remarkable and impactful flavor that delivered to my tongue the best that Pinot had to offer. The other glass – a funky angular wine glass seemed to splash my Pinot through my mouth like I was just trying to rinse my mouth and not delivering this nectar to where my Pinot loving taste buds could taste a difference. I read that one of the devices of a good wine glass was not only it’s shape the bulb but a thin precious rim; that rim unlike a cheap glass allows for direct delivery to your Pinot specific receptors (I made this up) but what I didn’t make up was the fact that this guidance from my wine glass I believes optimizes what I should be enjoying. Drinking a wine is only half the experience; smell accounts for 75% of how we perceive and delight (or hopefully in rare cases) don’t enjoy.
My next set was a Chardonnay glass; I didn’t need to prove that my Chardonnay glasses were superior. I just knew they were. I enjoyed the delicate and power that many a Carneros Chardonnay can provide in the enjoyment spectrum. I wish I had the room to have every stem possible. I believe in utilizing the right wine glass to it’s perfectly shaped vessel.
I think almost all wine is expensive (even cheap wine); what I mean by this is that wine ounce per ounce is precious and is much more expensive that say beer, water or orange juice; I deserve the best glass. If only I had enough room for Montrachet-Chardonnay, Zinfandel/Chanti Cognac, Scotch Whiskey, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanch, and Sauternes stems I would without a thought.
Reidel is probably the name brand more people know more than any other glass. I love them greatly. But for me these glasses break almost just with a thought or a bit of touch when cleaning. I have accidentally broken many a stem while trying to clean them. Even though Riedel now owns Spiegelau. I favor my Spiegelau’s; I find they aren’t so touchy and are much more durable than any other Reidel product that I have owned.
I also have a soft spot for Schott Zwiesel because they are true work horses just like Spiegelau. They will break if you drop them but I feel better when I don’t bye Reidel.
Whatever you do don’t buy a cheap wine glass! And, secondly, make sure that your wine glass is designed for the varietal you are about to enjoy. I do think the size, and the delivery of flavor makes only for a wonderment of any evening. Do a test try out a Spiegelau today and see for yourself.
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