Riedel VINUM Bordeaux/Merlot/Cabernet Wine Glasses, Pay for 6 get 8
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- Pay for 6 get 8
- Capacity: 21-1/2 oz
- Height: 8-7/8 in
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Welcome To Riedel
'The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make'. (Quote: Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate).
'The Riedel family has never stamped its name on a single bottle of wine. But over the past 50 years, this Austrian clan of master glassmakers has done more to enhance the oenophile's pleasure than almost any winemaking dynasty'. (Quote: Time Magazine).
Claus Riedel 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. Make a journey through our world of glasses and senses.
Riedel's Vinum Collection
2016 is a year of anniversaries for Riedel. The company is celebrating being in business for 260 years while Vinum - the company's most successful glassware range - is turning thirty. 1986 was not just an important year for Riedel but for all wine lovers around the world. The launch of the machine-made Vinum glass collection by Riedel Glas fundamentally changed the drinking glass culture. In 1973, Claus J. Riedel, the ninth generation of the family-run company, introduced a winefriendly, handcrafted and hand blown range of glasses. The "Sommeliers" range is now world famous. In 1986, his son, Georg J. Riedel, presented a further innovation which would become even more significant: the first varietal-specific machine-made glass in history – Vinum!
Developed with great passion and based on the well-founded specialist knowledge of Georg J. Riedel, the glasses from the Vinum range provide a reasonably priced alternative to the handcrafted Sommeliers range. With the Vinum range, Riedel has ensured that the company's philosophy of the functional wine glass is affordable and has thus become world-renowned.
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This set contains 6 pieces Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot (Bordeaux). The classic machine-made Cabernet and Merlot glass of the established glass collection Vinum is offered in an attractive value gift pack - Pay 6 Get 8. Ideal to give as gift or to enjoy yourself. This glass showcases the majestically structured red wines in all their complexity and finesse. These glasses have proved to consumers and restaurateurs that the pleasure of consuming wine starts with the glass. All RIEDEL glasses are dishwasher safe.
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These glasses are 8.25 inches in height and it turns out that they are just barely short enough to fit on the top rack of my dishwasher. I have found with similar wine glasses from Libby and others that they were 1/2 inch too tall and so they always needed to be hand washed and hand dried.
What is nice with a glass that works equally well for a white and a red wine is that when entertaining a guest can have a white wine with one course and a red wine with another and all I need to do is rinse out their glass with tap water. No need to multiple sets of glasses to store, display, wash, and put away.
After receiving and using this set of the Riedel glasses, the following week I ordered 6 more of them and I will be donating my old wine glasses to the local thrift store. I held onto the Riedel boxes and so was able to remove their glasses and replace them with my old ones to transport them to the recycle store.
In my recent purchase, I did have one four glasses arrive broken. I do not think it was sufficiently packaged by Amazon and I gave that feedback. I notified the seller and they immediately remedied the situation, and over the weekend at that.
I posted a picture showing the various glasses that I have been using for side-to-side taste tests with. The choice of glass does matter, so it is important to match the wine to the glass. In general, match the type of glass with the varietal of wine being tasted. However, even with glasses that are for the same type, there are differences between manufacturers.
The Vinum glass makes all my reds taste good. There are more specialized glasses that make certain wines taste better out of certain glasses. Some of the larger glasses shown in the pictures are better for the large and robust red wines. However, an older wine with more subtle flavors and balance actually tastes better from the smaller glass (this reviewed Vinum).
The largish bowl helps the aroma develop. They are really good to swirl the wine with and release the flavors to your nose (you really taste with your nose). The rim is nice and thin which is great. The balance in your hand is nice; it is not too light to feel like it will break in your hand, but also not heavy so it distracts from the wine. A good glass almost disappears in your mind when you are drinking. You notice it when the wine is poured. You notice the feel in your hand and the feel against your lips. Then the glass should just get out of the way.
They are somewhat fragile and it is tempting to try the Spiegelau Vino Vino Bordeaux Glass, Set of 4 which is almost identical in shape and size. It is a good glass as well and worth considering, especially if price is an issue. I have tasted many wines side by side from the two glasses and think it is a good product. However, a couple things to note...
The Spiegelau has a smaller foot or base than the Riedel Vinum. This makes it more likely to tip over and break while spilling your wine all over the place. Not something that would keep me from purchasing them, but it is something to be careful of when you are using them. You also get a little less crystal so that can be one of the reasons the price is lower.
Also, the rim of the Vinum is thinner and more delicate than the Spiegelau Vino Vino. This changes how the wine enters your mouth and releases the flavors. It also impacts how the glass feels on your lips. A small amount can be a noticable difference. The Spiegelau is not a thick rim, but it is thicker. This extra thickness however makes the glass a little more robust.
My recommendations is to purchase the Riedel Vinum glass if you are looking for glasses for yourself or small groups to enjoy your wine. Be careful when washing them (see below) and understand that they will occasionally be broken. There is a two glass set (Riedel Vinum Bordeaux, Set of 2) that lowers the overall price if you only want a couple for your personal use. If you are looking for a set of glasses to use for larger parties and want a good quality set then I would suggest the Spiegelau. I would not recommend going with the lower priced Riedel sets.
My advice for washing all your nice wine glasses is to hand wash the next day. DO NOT wash glasses after you have been drinking. Think about it...you have poorer coordination and you are going to wash your nice wine glasses. Rinse them out and then leave them on the counter.
Secondly, get use to water spots. Unless I am having a fine meal with guests, I wash my glasses by hand with very hot water and then dry them with a hand towel. I generally do not use soap and when I do it is just a little bit on my fingers and I use it on the rim only. No dishwasher.
NEVER hold the foot of the stem and twist the glass. You will snap the stem off. Also, do not force your hand or a towel into the bowl to dry it. You are just going to break the bowl. Take the end of the towel and put it into the bowl and twirl the towel around. Do not force the towel in so it is tight. Just have it in there rather loose. You will get most of the water off the sides, but not all of it. When it dries, you will have some spots. If you are going to drink out of it next, do you really care? I would rather have a few spots on my intact wine glasses than have broken glasses. The spots disappear when you put your wine in the glass and swirl it.