Riedel Wine Glasses: Elegence And Style
Good Wines Deserve The Best Glassware
Anyone who has been involved with wine, especially from the wine drinking or tasting point of view will know about Riedel wine glasses. Even the great Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate worships them - they must then be really, really great!
You may be iterating that a glass is a glass; well, yes and no. Yes, wine can be consumed out of any sort of goblet, glass or tankard (for you beer drinkers), but note, I say consumed rather than tasted. And no, for it's the elegance and style that makes this beautifully designed glassware stand head and shoulders above their rivals.
If you get the chance to drink your wine out of a Riedel wine glass, the overall tasting will become an experience to savour. Just admire the exceptionally thin, high quality bowl standing on an exquisite stem, I promise you the wine WILL taste better.
Delicate wines demand elegant glassware...
...which make wonderful presents
Image created by Rob Hemphill, incorporating the Riedel logo
About The Riedel Glass Company
In Kufstein, Austria
"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. Below you will find information about Riedel's glass creations their philosophies on the ultimate enjoyment of wine.
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The best of the best
Hand-made, mouth-blown and over 24% lead crystal... the glassware that started a movement.
Introduced in 1973, Claus Riedel's inspired line of stemware with wine-specific sizes and shapes changed the world of wine glasses. Recognized by many as the finest expression of stemware.
Preferred by wine professionals, enthusiasts and restauranteurs alike, Riedel wine glasses are the best.
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Wine Tasting Glassware
Get the right glass for the wine
Riedel has been working on different bowl shapes to match several different grape varieties. With a wide and varied collection, the essence of great design is to capture the aroma of wine in the glass. It has been found that certain grape varieties release their aromas in slightly different ways - thus the need to develop bespoke glassware.
It is agreed that the bowl design works the best because as the smells and nuances are released on swirling the wine in the glass, the delicate aromas move upward towards your nose but cannot escape outward. The aim being to concentrate the fruit to your nose first, so you can assess the wine before you taste it.
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The Riedel "O" Wine Tumbler Collection
Maximilian Riedel (11th generation) presents his first glass series. The Riedel connoisseur will be surprised to find that this new glass series has something different about it - the glass is without a stem or base.
So what is "O"?
Riedel "O" is the new innovative take on the wine tumbler. In short: "O" is the perfect glass for everyday use and for any 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: Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet/ Merlot, Pinot/Nebbiolo, Viognier/Chardonnay, Riesling/Sauvignon, Chardonnay.
The tumbler has been used for centuries as an all-round drinking vessel, and is now turned into a sophisticated wine accessory. Maximilian Riedel has created something brand new with "O" without losing sight of his "roots".
"O" will not compete with the existing Riedel glass series, "O" is much more a successful addition for those who love an elegant, uncomplicated design that really works, 30 years ago Claus Riedel (9th Riedel generation) revolutionized the world of the wine glass when he brought design into functionality. His grandson Maximilian Riedel feels that now is the right time to offer a convenience product. A glass which is easy to use. It fits in every dishwasher, picnic basket, or minibar.
Image credit: Maximillian Riedel - CEO Riedel Crystal
Riedel Vinum Wine Glass - Set of 6 plus 2 Bonus Glasses
Riedel O Wine Glasses - Set of 6 with 2 Bonus Glasses
Which Wine Glasses? - A good all round choice
There is a lot of correspondence in the wine press about the importance of drinking wine from the right glass. If you are familiar with, or have read anything by Robert Parker, you would know of his total affection for Riedel glasses - and he should know if anyone does!
As mentioned earlier, Riedel has produced several ranges of glasses specifically designed for different varietals and even specific wines. This caters very well to the overall wine ceremony, usually afforded by the snobs and pretentious.
I'm afraid that includes me, although I don't consider myself pretentious, just ultra-keen on wine, so I think Riedel glasses are the very best too. But the problem is the range is so massive, it is practically impossible to own them all so what is the essential selection?
Below is my recommendation for a good range of wine glasses that will see you through every occasion.
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Riedel Vinum Zinfandel/Riesling/Chianti Glasses - Set of 2
In the long history of the glass, Claus Riedel was the first person to design its shape relative to the character and style of the wine.
He is, therefore, the inventor of the functional wine glass.
Riedel Ouverture Magnum Red Wine Glass - Set of 6 plus 2 Bonus Glasses
Riedel Amadeo Decanter - Allows a young or old wine to fully develop before drinking.
The Amadeo decanter, a superb gift for the wine connoisseur who also appreciates modern design, holds a full capacity of 59 ounces, and measures 13-7/8 inches in height.
You must watch the video where you will see how this beautiful decanter is made - it's unbelievable.
The Glass Shape For The Wine Variety
The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel.
Riedel Glass Production And Tasting Videos
Riedel Wine Glasses