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ABOUT RIEDEL CRYSTAL

Riedel Crystal was established in 1756 and has been producing glass in the heart of Europe for over 250 years and for eleven generations. Family owned and operated by Georg J. Riedel (10th generation) and Maximilian J. Riedel (11th generation). Riedel is recognized worldwide for designing and producing the highest quality glasses and decanters for the enjoyment of wine and spirits. Top-rated wineries and restaurants throughout the world use RIEDEL. The company produces collections for every lifestyle and price range, whether for critical wine evaluation, a picnic or dinner. There is a series for every wine lover.

 

THE CONTENT DETERMINES THE SHAPE

Perfectly designed glassware enhances the aroma and the flavour of all aromatic beverages.
When developing a glass, RIEDEL's design ideas are not born on a drawing board, but shaped by trial and error with the help and support of the world's greatest palates. A person interested in wine is led by colour, bouquet and taste, but often the glass is not considered as an instrument to convey the wine's message.

Over the years, RIEDEL has acquired some interesting scientific explanations as to why the shape of a glass influences the bouquet and taste of alcoholic beverages. The first discovery was made while enjoying wine.

The same wine displayed completely differently characteristics when served in a variety of glasses. The differences were so great that experienced connoisseurs were made to believe that they were tasting different wines.

The grape variety is the key factor in determining the relationship between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol. As the next step, RIEDEL was able to create shapes in which the wine, vinified from specific grape varieties, seemed to improve. We started to recognize the complex role that size and shape play in conveying the message of a fine wine.

 

WHY SHAPE MATTERS

Stemware consists of 3 parts: the bowl, stem and base.
The height of the stem and the width of the base are part of the glass design (known as the architecture).

Grape varietal specific stemware features finely-tuned glass bowls consisting of 3 variables: shape, size and rim diameter.
Grape varietal specific stemware has to translate the "mes­sage" of wine to the human senses. There are 4 sensations in wine.

1. Bouquet: Grape varietal specific stemware is re­sponsible for delivering the quality and intensity of the wine's aroma.

2. Texture: Grape varietal specific stemware highlights the exciting and diverse styles of "mouthfeel" in wine (watery, creamy, silky, velvety).

3. Flavour: Grape varietal specific stemware creates a ba­lanced interaction between the fruit, minerality, acidity and bitter components of a wine.

4. Finish: Grape varietal specific stemware offers a pleasant, seamless, harmonious, and long lasting aftertaste.

 

THE ARCHITECTURE OF STEMWARE

Comprises three parts: Bowl - Stern - Base.

The design (architecture or construction) of a stemmed glass must ensure that the size, height and width are in perfect harmony. The size of the bowl has to be in proportion to the height of the stem and the width of the base. Respecting the exact ratio between these dimensions ensures the glass is correctly and seamlessly proportioned.

Table top "clas­sics" are created using the magic "golden architectural formula". Early glass architecture, around 1920, took the Iead, spearheaded by three Viennese architects (Loos, Hoffmann, Ertl). Claus Riedel's designs from the late 1950's, re-established this concept. This combined with influence from French and lrish classics resulted in stemware featuring this "construction", which is so pleasing to the eye.

 

SERVING TO MAXIMIZE ENJOYMENT

Glass hygiene: Serve beverages only in sparkling, clean, odorless glasses.

Serving temperature: Do not over-chill white wines and sparkling wines; serve red wines below room temperature.

Serving per glass: Maximum 3 to 5 oz/100/125 ml. Never over-pour the glass.

The ample, gracious glass volume offers great wines the room to breathe and to express the unique message of the aroma.

 

CARING FOR YOUR RIEDEL CRYSTAL

All RIEDEL glasses are dishwasher proof according to DIN EN 12857-1/2:2005!

Riedel exclusively recommends Miele dishwashers; laboratory testing has shown that Riedel glasses have an estimated lifespan of 1,500 washing cycles when washed properly in a Miele dishwasher. Statistically, this is the equivalent to the average number of washes during a 20 year time-frame.

To avoid scratches: Avoid contact with other glass or metal. If available, use a stemware rack.

To avoid stains: Use soft water (low mineral content).

To remove stains: Use white vinegar.

 

 

FINDING THE RIGHT RIEDEL GLASS
RIEDEL offers both "varietal specific" glasses for wine en­thusiasts and "wine friendly" glasses for more casual wine drinkers.
Use stemmed glassware for fine dining and stemless for casual dining.
Plan to invest ($) in ONE glass - as much as you spend on average on a bottle of wine.
When you choose a grape varietal specific RIEDEL glass, understand that it is built for a purpose and performs at its best with a specific type of wine.
A grape varietal specific RIEDEL glass is a wine tool "the key to wine" and is designed to unlock the most elusive characteristics of a wine.
Visit our Wine Glass Guide to identify the right glass for your wine.

 

IS THERE ONE GLASS FOR ALL MY WINES?
The two most versatile shapes for red and white wines are the Ouverture Magnum and the Riesling Grand Cru/Chianti Classico (available in all varietal specific RIEDEL lines), but please remember: shape does matter for maximum intensity and total enjoyment of wine.

 

ONE SIZE FITS ALL? HOW CAN EACH SHAPE PROVIDE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR MY WINE?

One glass is not ideal for all styles of wine; a wine’s bouquet, taste, balance and finish are all affected by the shape of the glass from which it is consumed.
A wine will display completely different characteristics when served in different glasses.
These differences can be so great, that when the same wine is served in several different glasses, even experienced wine connoisseurs believe that they were tasting as many different wines as there were glasses.
Riedel has created shapes that specifically enhance a wine’s harmony and highlight its unique characteristics.
Grape varietals carry in their DNA unmistakeable flavour profiles, which add to the importance of selecting the appropriate glass.
Wines have two, three or four flavour contributors which are associated with the fermentation process.

 

 

WHY SHOULD I USE A DECANTER ?

There are two reasons why we decant wines:

1. Decant an older wine to separate it from its sediment.

2. Decant a younger wine to increase aeration, revealing more complexity, and opening up aromas and flavours.

To enjoy young wines fully (up to 10 years for both red and white) consider opening them 8 – 12 hours prior to consumption for aeration, or decant the wine, as this shortens the aeration process.

The main preservation element in wine is carbon dioxide, which is integrated with the wine during the first (= alcoholic) fermentation.

Decanting reduces the amount of carbon dioxide and "matures" the wine, allowing the bouquet to develop faster.
On the palate, decanted wine expresses higher levels of fruit in red wines and tends to integrate and smooth out tannins.
When decanting young wines, turn the bottle straight into the decanter and let it splash into the vessel, allowing maximum aeration.
When decanting off the sediment of an old wine, slowly pour the wine into the decanter without allowing any sediment to leave the bottle.

We suggest you try the following exercise:
Using identical glasses, decant half the bottle and serve the other half directly from the bottle – then draw your own conclusion.

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