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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Riedel Stemware - 'Grape Specific'

 The world’s first ‘grape specific’ wine glass.
The Riedel family has never stamped its name on a single bottle of wine. But over the past 50 years, this Austrian company of master glassmakers has done more to enhance the appreciation of wine than almost any winemaking dynasty.

Working with experienced tasters, Riedel crafted grape specific wine glasses that showed more depth and better balance than when served in other glasses. Claus Josef  Riedel (1925-2004) laid the groundwork for stemware which was functional as well as beautiful, and made according to the Bauhaus design principle - where form follows function.
In 1961 a revolutionary concept was introduced, when the Riedel catalogue featured the first line of wine glasses created in different sizes and shapes. Before this, conventional stemware had used a single basic bowl shape, with only the size varying depending on use.
After 12 years of development - the concept was illustrated to perfection with the introduction of 10 shapes in the Sommeliers series (mouth blown stemware) launched in Orvieto, Italy in 1973, which achieved worldwide recognition. A wine glass was born that turns a sip into a celebration - a wine's best friend - fine tuned to match the grape!

You don't need to be a wine writer, a winemaker or an expert to taste the difference that a Riedel glass can make.
Bordeaux Style: (Cabernet Predominant) & Bold, Full Bodied Reds
The world's most discerning palates are involved with developing the Riedel glasses. These elegant 24% lead-crystal glasses showcase the best qualities of full-bodied red wines (especially Bordeaux), including those made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot as well as Rioja Gran Reserva wines. The generous bowl allows the bouquet to develop fully. This shape allows for more of the wine’s surface area to interact with oxygen, which will release the wine’s aromas and will allow you to experience the wine’s delicate nuances.
The cut rim directs the flow of wine to the middle of the tongue, which perceives dry and oaky characters typical in a bold red wine, allowing you to appreciate a harmonious balance of fruit flavours and tannin - plus pouring the correct volume of wine to assist with appreciating temperature and texture of this style of wine. The glass shape also enhances your appreciation of the wine's silky texture and prolonged finish. Riedel Stemware is dishwasher safe - though please note to clean glasses separately and only use the rinse cycle, no cleaning agents required.

• Or wash by hand under warm water; detergent is not necessary.
• Allow to air dry.
• For extra shine, steam over boiling water.
• If desired, carefully polish with a lint free cloth.
• Never twist the base and bowl - (as the torque can snap stem).
Sommeliers Bordeaux: First Growths, vintage, old vine, layered, premium Bold Reds.
Vinum XL: Warm climate, aged wines, integrated oak, quality Bold Red Wines.
Vitis: Warm climate, young vines, modern fruit driven style Red Wines.
Vinum: Warm climate, youthful vines, aromatic, fruit driven, balanced Red Wines.
‘O’: The bowl is that of the Vinum, the perfect glass for the beach, Bach and on the boat.
Burgundy Style: Pinot Noir
Riedel 'Sommeliers Burgundy Grand Cru' - The finest Burgundy wine glass of all time, suitable for both young and old Burgundy red wines.
Its shape, developed in 1958, represented a quantum leap in terms of wine glass design - and has earned it a place in the permanent display of the New York Museum of Modern Art.
This 'beautiful monster' of a glass can take apart a lesser wine, mercilessly showing up its weaknesses. But a great wine - a top-class Burgundy, Barolo or Barbaresco - will be revealed in all its brilliance. The large bowl allows the bouquet to develop to the full, while the slightly flared top lip maximises the fruit flavours by directing a precise flow onto the palate. Certain wines and grape varieties require this type of controlled delivery. By ensuring that the fruit is highlighted while using the marked acidity of the wine to keep the flavours in balance, this is a glass that produces a superbly three-dimensional 'taste profile'.

Each wine glass is fine-tuned to direct the flow of the wine onto parts of the palate that will best express the flavours and aromas of a specific wine varietal, in this case Pinot Noir. The fine crystal offers superb clarity so you can experience the wine's colour and texture.

The Vinum Burgundy glass is excellent for full-flavoured Pinot Noirs with high acidity and moderate tannins. The large bowl captures all the nuances of the wine's aroma.
Sommeliers Grand Cru Burgundy: Grand Cru, vintage, old vine, premium Pinot Noir.
Vitis: Warm climate, young vines, modern fruit driven style Pinot Noir.
Vinum XL: Warm climate, aged wines, integrated quality Pinot Noir.
Vinum: Warm climate, youthful vines, aromatic, fruit driven, balanced Pinot Noir.
‘O’: The bowl is that of the Vinum, the perfect glass for the beach, Bach and on the boat.

Talk with your local Fine Wine Retailer about which Riedel Stemware best suits your everyday needs. Also please enquire when and where the next 'Riedel Tasting Experience' is to be held in your area.
More 'Grape Specific' glass reviews to follow...

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