“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. ” (Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate)
Following the Bauhaus principle of design: “form follows function,” Claus Josef Riedel (ninth generation in the Austrian glass dynasty) designed thin-blown stemware that matched shape with function. The result was a wineglass that was so artistic to be worthy of being in many museums collections, including the Museum of Modern Art. According to the Riedel (pronounced like “needle”) website, Claus was “the first in history to recognize the effect of shapes on the perception of alcoholic beverages. . . . His masterpiece “Sommeliers” was introduced in Orvieto, in 1973, the first ever stemware line to be based on the character of the wine.”
The Austrian’s are very proud of Riedel products, stating in their website “All are of one opinion, from Time magazine to wine pope Robert M. Parker: without the glasses of Tirol’s glassmaker, wine wouldn’t taste half as good.”
OK, so I’m far from being a “wine pope,” but even I can tell the difference. Somehow, the wine tastes better, looks better and has a greater bouquet in a Riedel glass. Bottoms up!