Last night we held one in every of our private favourite tasting occasions, a Riedel Stemware Tasting & Presentation (compliments of Lisa & AJ from Riedel Crystal for conducting the presentation). We’ve been longtime advocates of proper stemware, and mainly varietal unique stemware. We had the opportunity to take part in such a seminars some years ago and however this 12 months at a exchange display hosted with the aid of Southern Wine & Spirits.
The presentation includes five one-of-a-kind stems and 4 exclusive wines. Participants are requested to flavor the wines in the perfect stem after which flow them around into the others. For instance, Chardonnay is going within the Cabernet glass…Sauvignon Blanc into the Pinot glass, and many others. There is a Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling glass, Chardonnay glass, Pinot Noir glass, Cabernet glass, and a ‘joker’ glass. The joker glass is a standard all-purpose glass used to represent an average glass used at restaurants or families (we used a libby wine glass for ours). The 4 special wines served are wines which can be traditional of the varietals that ought to be served within the above glasses. Our selected wines had been:
1. Grgich Hills Fume Blanc, 2008 (Sauvignon Blanc), $30
2. Forman Chardonnay, 2008, $50
three. Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2008, $60
4. Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet, 2007, $75
The nice a part of this presentation is looking the reaction of the gang whilst the workshop finally gets going. As contributors poured their Grgich into the ‘joker’ glass for the first time they have been taken aback. The super color of the wine disappeared, the aromas disappeared and it tasted noticeably watery. Even worse became pouring it into the (Riedel) Chardonnay glass, the wine have become overly acidic. As the tasting went on, much less and much less individuals had been willing to sell off their cherished wine into the wrong glass. One of our clients commented, “I’m no longer wasting this wine it’s too excellent!”
But why the difference? What makes Riedel so unique? It boils down to two things – crystal and form.
The Vinum, Vinum Extreme, Sommeliers, Grape, Vitis and Tyrol series and most decanters are product of leaded crystal. (Ouverture, Wine, Vivant and O series are not) The leaded crystal produces clearer colours and more suitable aromas martin glasses which ordinary glassware genuinely inhibits. A accurate example Lisa (Riedel) used closing night become a standard glass shelf in your own home or retail shop…If you look at the aspect of it, it produces a greenish hue. That is the authentic coloration of the glass, and the authentic coloration of most normal restaurant wine glasses – and why the colour of a wine may be distorted.
The Riedel family has spent years with the world’s pleasant wine experts to develop the best formed glass for each varietal. The form for a selected varietal depends on many different things, however consequences in the form that satisfactory enhances the aromas and flavors of the wine. For instance, the big open bulb at the Montrachet (Chardonnay) glass allows you to take inside the complicated and large kinds of aromas in a Chardonnay; while the skinny bulb of the Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling glass makes certain that the wine hits you tongue at exactly the center (and the proper taste buds) for the wine. The Pinot Noir and Cabernet glasses may have a bigger bulb, however aren’t as open because the Montrachet (playfully known as the ‘pink wine killer’) making sure that the purple wine receives enough oxygen to open up the wine however now not an over abundance that could kill the aroma.
The comment that summed up the night for me came from Ivan Seligman of aninsatiableappetite.Blogspot.Com (who also reviews for Gulfshore Life), “If you need to make a $ninety bottle of wine taste like a $nine bottle, simply serve it in the ones everyday $three-5 non-crystal glasses you have got at home. Conversely, a fine crystal glass of say a Cabernet design, paired with a so-so Cabernet, will make it taste higher, although now not like a $90 bottle.”
So to all the ones non-believers in top class (or highly-priced) wine, I beg the question…The final time you had that $50 of Cabernet that failed to flavor any higher than your $2 dollar chuck – what kind of glass become it served in? Was it an antique thick, open bulb discovered at the lowest of your mom’s china cabinet or regardless of the server introduced to the table? We’re no longer advocating stocking each domestic you drink wine in with a luxurious set of each varietal unique Riedel stem, and definitely not travelling with them. But in case you are one that enjoys exact wine, isn’t always it well worth the investment for simply a hard and fast or two in your preferred form of wine? An funding so that it will beautify your favorites and produce out the exceptional inside the wine, what the winemaker meant you to experience.