Riedel Wine Glass Experience in Bucharest
Vinexpert together with Riedel organized on FRI, November the 26th, 2010 a very interesting seminar where Mr Kornel Dura, Riedel’s representative, explained to about 100 people how important and what a difference a stemware can have on judging a wine.
After a brief introduction into the history of the Riedel family, Mr Dura started the presentation of the four glasses that each attendant took home after the event. The package contained a glass for Sauvignon Blanc, one for Montrachet/Chardonnay, one for Pinot Noir and one for Cabernet Sauvignon. The experiment was very thoroughly planned so that each wine can be tasted from at least two glasses. There was a fifth ordinary glass involved just to highlight the Riedel glasses and enhance the tasting experience. This Joker glass – as they called it – was the most ordinary glass found at the Ramada’s restaurant.
The seminar started tasting a 2009 Davino Sauvignon Blanc Edition Limitee from the Riedel Sauvignon Blanc glass to feel the nose, the taste and the finish, then pouring the same wine into the Joker glass. It is indeed a huge difference between the two glasses and how much the wine can lose by not using the properly shaped stemware.
I have been using Riedel glasses already for more than a year and I had the chance to see differences compared to a regular IKEA wine glass. The walls of the Riedel’s are very thin and totally transparent therefore giving full access to the wine’s color and usually focusing the wine directly where the nose, the tongue and the mouth can feel it better. The Sauvignon Blanc glass has a narrow opening and focuses the wine on the tip of the tongue, therefore the more discrete aromas of the Sauvignon are felt better. The Montrachet/ barrel aged Chardonnay glass has a wider opening, making the mouth to open more and focusing the Chardonnay’s low acidity on the sides of the tongue, where it can usually be felt. Tasting the same barrel aged Chardonnay from the Montrachet glass and the Sauvignon Blanc glass gives two completely different perspectives for the same wine.
The same process was applied tasting 2009 Oprisor La Cetate Pinot Noir from the Pinot Noir glass and the Montrachet, then 2006 Hyperion Cabernet Sauvignon from the Cabernet Sauvignon glass and the Pinot glass. Each wine showed the best from its designed glass.
I am sure that using the properly shaped wine glass, not necessarily from Riedel, you can still preserve all the qualities of the wine and have a full wine tasting experience. It is the shape of the glass that makes the big difference. However Riedel is a very good choice for anybody that doesn’t mind paying a high premium for something that can break pretty easily if not handled with extreme care. I did break a Sommeliers Black Tie Bordeaux Grand Cru and it didn’t feel good at all. I still miss that beautiful glass.
This type of event is a very good opportunity to attend for anybody that wishes to purchase the Vinum Tasting Set package from Riedel. The cost per ticket is similar to the cost of the four glasses package or less and you receive added value for the money: the training and a bottle of wine – in this case a 2009 La catina Single Vineyard Pinot Noir from Cramele Halewood plus some vouchers with discounts from Vinexpert.
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