Financially, I am in no position to own a complete set of Riedel wine glasses. But if I were given the opportunity to win the lottery and prove all of the doubts about money not buying happiness wrong, I would be enjoying fabulous wine every evening out of a proper Riedel wine glass.
Riedel wine glasses are shaped according to the characteristic of the wine. Each glass is hand-crafted and made from crystal. According to http://www.wineenthusist.com, the luxury Riedel Sommeliers collection is the benchmark against which all other wine glasses are measured. “The upper bowls are blown into a mold customized to concentrate the wine’s aromas and direct the flow of the wine to the optimal areas of the mouth.”
I still remember the first time I tasted wine out of a Riedel wine glass. I was hesitant to believe that a simple wine glass could make a significant difference in the taste of the wine, but I was proven wrong.
Within the next year, I would like to start a basic set and collect The Key to Wine Tasting Set. It seems like the best investment for me, mostly because it is the most economical.
This set includes one chardonnay glass, one riesling/sauvignon blanc glass, one pinot noir glass, one cabernet sauvignon/merlot glass and one shiraz/syrah glass. Clearly I would be buying this set simply for myself, so it feels a bit selfish because I would never pull any of these out with guests because I would only have one glass for each type of wine. So I’m not really sold yet. Also, I like having a stem on my wine glasses, but the Riedel stemless glasses are much less expensive so I would have to compromise.
I love reading the descriptions online about how the shape of the glass aids the tasting process. For example, the Riedel website states that the cabernet sauvignon/merlot glass is “perfect for young, full-bodied, 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 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.” Doesn’t that make you just want to go out and buy the glasses immediately to test it out?