Austria's Riedel is the world's premier manufacturer of wine glasses. Made of 24-percent lead crystal, the Vinum series of glasses are the first machine-made wine glasses to be developed uniquely for each type of wine. Since their introduction in 1986, these wine glasses have had a large influence on the wine culture.
The glasses in this set of six were specifically shaped to highlight the fruit in young, full-bodied red wines with high levels of tannin, such as Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, and Tempranillo. The mouths of the Bordeaux glasses draw wine to the areas of the tongue that perceive sweetness, emphasizing the fruit and mellowing the acidity. The large bowls provide room for the wine's rich bouquet to unfold. Each glass stands 8-7/8 inches high and holds 21-1/2 ounces of wine. --Cristina Vaamonde
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:Perfect for young, full-bodied (more than 12% alcohol), complex red wines that are high in tannin -- this glass smooths out the rough edges, emphasizing the fruit and allowing the wine to achieve a balance that would mornally take years of aging to acquire. The generous size of the glass allows the bouquet to develop fully. The shape directs the flow of wine onto the zone of the tongue which perceives sweetness, thus accentuating the fruit and de-emphasizing the bitter qualities of the tannin.Each of these magnificent glasses is specifically designed to enhance a wine's flavor and bouquet. By customizing the shape of the glass to the characteristics of each grape variety, the wine is able to achieve its fullest expression. Elegance, lightness, and balance are the hallmarks of Riedel stemware. Set of 6. 8 7/8"H, 22 oz.Recommended for: Bordeaux (red), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Tempranillo.Replacement Set of 2 is also available (WG20-002/2)