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Riedel Vinum Cabernet/Merlot Wine Class, Set of 2
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- Set of two machine-made, fine crystal Bordeaux glasses
- The generous size of this 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.
- Glass height is 8 7/8 inches and the capacity is 21 1/2 ounces
- Dishwasher Safe
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From the manufacturer
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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"The Vinum Bordeaux glass is perfect for young, full-bodied (more than 12 percent alcohol), complex red wines that are high in tannin. This glass smoothes out the rough edges, emphasizing the fruit, allowing wines to achieve a balance that would normally take years of aging to acquire. The generous size of this 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."
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There is an enjoyable and informative video on glassware on the Wine Folly website that was live broadcast on YouTube 1/13/16.
As you would expect, the crystal is perfect, and the shape really enhances the nose and flavor of the wine. The stem is super fine diameter, and makes me feel like it is going to break off occasionally, but it has held up well.
If you need the extra room in your glass, or just love making your hands look hobbit-sized, this is the glass for you!
Personally, I find it hard to believe that anyone can tell the difference between wine served in a Riedel glass compared to a plastic cup. However, I think a beautiful, well made glass adds to the experience of enjoying a fine wine. These glasses will make it clear to your guests that you're pouring the good stuff!
I purchased this set of two glasses to replace two that I broke. I've since learned the trick to not breaking them is to avoid twisting the stem/base while drying the glass. The joint between the stem and the glass is the weakest part, and twisting will put too much torque on this point.
They came and I thought they felt a little lighter than what I was expecting. We tried them the same night and they really do enhance
the wine taste. Perfect size. I pour a 4 - 5 oz glass and we enjoy.
I tasted the first glass, then the second. There was a definite difference, but I thought I might be making it up, so I asked for the first glass again. That third taste seemed identical to the previous taste. I was disappointed that there wasn't a difference, but relieved because I didn't really want to invest in expensive glasses.
I'd been duped. Instead of getting the first glass back, I got the second one instead. No wonder they tasted the same.....
There really is a marked difference between the correct Riedel glass and any other wine glass. I've done blind tests on guests with the same results.
The good news is the marketing is not just hype. The bad news is I've invested heavily in expensive glasses.