In August - I was very honoured to be asked to host a Riedel Tasting Experience to be held in the private room at ‘Longroom’ Ponsonby, Auckland for a special group of guests of the ‘Variety Children’s Charity’ of New Zealand. Some of you may be aware that by using unique and entertaining events to raise funds, Variety provides support to New Zealand children who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged through a range of programmes and individual grants. Since 1989, Variety has distributed more than $12 million to Kiwi kids in need.
The Riedel Tasting Experience is a unique, educational and entertaining experience. You don’t need to be a wine writer, winemaker or an expert to smell and taste the difference that a Riedel glass can make.
The Riedel family has been creating glassware for the last 250 years. Claus J. Riedel (9th Generation) was the first person in the long history of the glass to design its shape according to the character of the wine. He is thus the inventor of the functional wine glass. Working with experienced tasters, Riedel discovered that wine enjoyed from his glasses showed more depth and better balance than when served in other glasses.
Bev Roberts - a key member of Variety asked if I could present a bespoke evening for their guests. So I designed an entertaining evening educating the guests about each of the 4 glasses we had on show, plus the opportunity to taste a premium selection of wines in a range of Riedel glasses, tailor-made for each of the wine varieties. Everyone who started out at the beginning of the evening as sceptical all saw and experienced for themselves the amazing difference that glassware can make to their wine experience. It was a great night; lots of chatter, laughter and many stayed after the tasting too enjoy the menu at the Longroom. It was my pleasure to host this Riedel Tasting (which I have done many times over the years) – but on this occasion where the guests were raising money for a great charity.
For more information of the great work that 'Variety' does and how you can be involved - visit: http://www.variety.org.nz/
If you want to know more about Riedel here in New Zealand - visit: http://www.riedel.co.nz/