Robb Recommends: The Lightweight Wine Glasses That Elevate The Drinking Experience
The right glass has the ability to take your wine from good to great.
There’s no glass—or any vessel, for that matter—which will save a poorly made wine. And in that vein (or vine!), exceptional drops will still taste decent regardless of what they’re sipped from. However, the right wine glass will elevate your drinking experience, demonstrating better depth, balance, and aroma.
In fact, in 2015 a Japanese medical group developed a ‘sniffer camera’ which was able to image and map ethanol vapour escaping from a wine glass. The study found that different wine glass shapes and temperatures produced different bouquets and finishes from the same wine. The study determined that the right shaped wine glass distributed the alcohol as a ring around the glass, while other glass types found the alcohol concentrated in the centre; concluding that wine glass shape has a necessary functional design for enjoying and tasting wine.
The scientific backing is vindicating for RIEDEL, with the Austrian glassware company long having espoused the necessity of varietal-specific glass shapes. In 1973, Professor Claus J. Riedel—who was responsible for re-establishing the family-owned heritage brand—introduced the Sommeliers collection, which posited the concept of ‘Grape Varietal Specific Stemware’, wherein the contents dictate the shape. It’s a notion that’s stuck around, permanently altering the appearance of contemporary glassware, and the way in which oenophiles enjoy their wine.
Half a century after his grandfather changed the game, Maximilian J. Riedel, current CEO of RIEDEL, has introduced the latest evolution of the RIEDEL Superleggero series. Building off the handmade line launched in 2015, the new glasses unite handmade aesthetics and attention to detail with machine-made precision.
Known for their ultra-slimline silhouette and super lightweight design, the elegant RIEDEL Supperleggero collection has set the tone for quality stemware the world round. Taking it to the next level, the machine-crafted collection (produced in RIEDEL’s factory in Weiden, Germany) is indistinguishable from its handmade and mouth-blown counterparts, while eliminating any inconsistencies from handling.
Maintaining the ultra-light quality for which it was named, each glass in the RIEDEL Supperleggero collection is designed with a specific grape varietal in mind, with these marked on the centre of the base, below the stem (R1 for Riesling, R2 for Chardonnay, and so on up to R8 for Bordeaux Grand Cru).
$75 (single); riedel.com
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