The Riedel Series.....
Claus Riedel (9th Riedel Generation) changed the world of wine with his revolutionary concept of functional stemware. He led the way for increased wine enjoyment. He was the first in history to recogninze the effect of a glass shape on the perception and drinking pleasure of alcoholic beverages. Over 40 years ago he detected that the same wine tasted dissimilar out of different glasses. Georg Riedel (10th Generation) further developed the concept. He discovered that the content commands the shape, whose consequence was: the correct choice of glass enhances the flavors of wine.
The delivery of wine's "message", its bouquet and taste, depend on the form of the glass. It is the responsibility of a glass to convey the wine's messages in the best manner to human senses. Riedel offers the finest instruments when it comes to enjoying wine and spirits. The extensive range is layered by sophistication and price category. Riedel provides the world's only "Vitrum Vinothek". By creating glasses that deliver the typical components of a grape variety, highlighting the balanced flavors, maximizing the fruit, integrating acidity or tannins into the overall pleasure of wine." The findings and work of two generations are reflected in the designs of Riedel's gourmet glass lines. Conclusion: Riedel glasses are a wine's best friend.
In 1973, in Orvieto, Claus Riedel presented the world's first gourmet glass series developed with the help of the Association of Italian Sommeliers (ASI). The series consisted of 10 sizes. Since then the world of wine has changed radically. Today, regions and continents are producing wines that did not exist or were unknown 25 years ago. The sommeliers series was developed further by his son Georg, into an all-embracing state-of-the-art wine glass collection. Praised in 1991 by Robert Parker Jr., publisher of The Wine Advocate, as "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." Thanks to worldwide demand, Sommeliers is now the wineglass benchmarkand the most successful series of hand made glasses in the world. Each glass is individually made; the upper parts blown into a mould, the stem and base hand-crafted using methods developed at the time of Christ's birth. Our glass-makers invest their talent, know-how and meticulous craftmanship in making glasses of the impeccable quality our consumers expect. Sommeliers are executed in over 24% lead crystal.
Please note that ALL Sommeliers Series glasses are priced PER STEM.
Introduced in 1986, Vinum was the first machine-made series of glasses in history to be based exclusively on the characteristics of grape varietals. Vinum, functional, high in quality and reasonbly priced has had a permanent impact on the globe's wine glass culture. These glasses have proved to consumers and restaurateurs that the pleasure of consuming wine starts with the glass. The Vinum collection, developed by Georg Riedel on the principle that the content commands the shape, is the Vitrum-Vinothek for every day use. Vinum is made of over 24% lead crystal.
Maximilian Riedel (11th generation) presents his first glass series. The Riedel connoisseur will be surprised to find that this new glass series has something missing – there is no stem or base. So what is “O”? Riedel “O” is the new innovative take on the wine tumbler. In short: “O” is the ideal glass for every day use and for every occasion. It is fun, feels good to hold, looks trendy and it works!
The designs of “O” are based on the benchmark shapes of Riedel Vinum. For the first time in glass history the design parameters such as shape of tumbler, size and diameter of rim, have been fine turned to enhance the world’s most important grape varietals. “O” is available as: Cabernet/ Merlot, Pinot/Nebbiolo, Syrah/Shiraz, Chardonnay, Viognier/Chardonnay, Riesling/Sauvignon.
The tumbler, used for centuries as an all-round drinking vessel, is now turned into a sophisticated wine accessory. Maximilian Riedel has created something brand new with “O” without losing sight of his “roots”.
NOTE: Prices listed for Riedel O Series glasses are for 2-pk sets. View Crystal in this Series
Ideal for everyday use, Ouverture glasses offer perfectly shaped wine glasses at competitive prices.
Introduced in 1989, Ouverture is Riedel's uncomplicated beginner series for customers who appreciate good, reasonably priced wine. No types of grape varieties or wine-growing regions disconcert the buyer. Six sizes are made for "drinking pleasure". Ouverture is lead free.
"I prefer to decant wines, both young and old. It is a sign of respect for old wines and a sign of confidence in young wines. Decanting old wines, just a few moments before they are served, helps to ensure that the wines clarity and brilliance are not obscured by any deposit that may have developed over time. Decanting young wines several hours before they are served gives the wine a chance to bloom and attain a stage of development that normally requires years of aging."
Christian Moueix Dominus and Ch Petrus
Spiegelau Vino Grande Series
Founded in 1521, Spiegelau is one of the oldest, most famous European manufacturers of fine crystal. These precision-made oversized glasses are delicate yet durable, gracing tables and surviving the dishwashers at many of the nations finest restaurants, including Jean Georges in New York and Patina, Spago, Postrio and Capo in California.
Mondavi by Waterford
Developed by Waterford in conjunction with the Robert Mondavi Winery.
Attention California Residents
Proposition 65 Warning: Consuming foods or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded crystal products or handling products made of leaded crystal will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
This warning is provided for California residents pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Please note that Riedel "Ouverture" and "O" series stems are non-leaded.