To understand wine today is not just fashionable, it has become a part of secular etiquette, so knowledge in oenology will never be superfluous. However, to enhance the taste of even the most rare or expensive wine is impossible without a properly selected glasses. The concept of “varietal wine glasses” for more than 60 years, made it up glazier Austrian Claus Riedel, and Riedel brand is still considered “most friendly” wine. Vogue.ua carefully studied the history of this brand and also find out in which the glass is better to drink a red Burgundy, and which are suitable for fresh white wines.
Brand Riedel 260 years and he still remains a family business. Now it is managed by the 11th generation of the Riedel family, and began this success story in the middle of the 18th century. During this time, the brand has experienced many wars, economic downturns and pressures, but loyalty to the cause and humanity must always win. During the Prussian occupation, Ridely gave shelter to several families of refugees, the Napoleonic wars managed to survive through the introduction of new methods of production and changes in the distribution system, and in the middle of the 19th century became even more famous for the romantic watercolor drawings on your glass. The collapse of the company was in 1945, when all production facilities were nationalized, and Walter Riedel was sent into exile in Eastern Siberia. In the camp was sent and his son Klaus, who managed to escape. Only after 10 years, the Riedel brand has risen – with the help of the Swarovski family, Claus Riedel was able to buy a small bankrupt glass factory in the town of Kufstein. His real passion began glasses.
Under the leadership of Claus in glass manufacture of Ridley there appeared a new trend: simple yet elegant wine glasses with thin walls. In the catalog 1961 Klaus presented his vision of glasses specially designed for different types of wines, and this once again underlined the new approach of Riedel. Other manufacturers have paid attention only to the appearance of the glasses, and Klaus Riedel was the first to think about their functionality. The next revolution in the market happened in 1973, when the company
produced a series of glasses handmade “Sommelier”. Its origins lay an important discovery Klaus: almost all the wine glasses were too small and did not allow to fully appreciate the richness of this drink. A series of “Sommelier” was a great success all over the world. Georg Riedel (10th generation) developed the theory of Klaus, releasing a series of “Vinum”. He started blowing machine special glasses for different grape varieties, and as a result, Riedel wine glasses have become much more affordable to wine lovers around the world.
Start your acquaintance with the world of wine glasses and their correct application, you can use the flagship Riedel Veritas series, which includes classical forms recognized throughout the world. There are six of them, so will be easy to remember.
This glass reflects all the advantages of structured red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a powerful long finish and strong tannins. A big bowl reveals the full depth of wines, allows to breathe both young and vidargana wines, revealing the various layers of the bouquet, presenting a full range of aromas and flavors. Smooths out the tannins, making them rounded and sweet.
The best glass of red Burgundy and Piedmont wines, such as Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo. And perfectly reveals the pink sparkling wine. The volume of the bowl allows the bouquet to fully open, and its shape precisely directs the flow to the tip of the tongue, emphasizing the fruitiness of the wine and smoothing out the acidity.
This glass works well with wines from varieties such as Syrah or Shiraz, Carmenere, Malbec, Pinotage. Its shape is designed to deliver the classic Syrah aroma: aromas of blueberry, toasted bread, spices and black olives. Tannins dissolve in fruit and appear more sweet than tart, in the back area of the tongue.
Also, this form well reveal younger, less extractive and flower types of red wines.
A glass designed for white wines from structural the Old and New world aged in oak barrels like Chardonnay. For this style of wine characteristic creamy texture that is balanced oak, oil, nutty aromas, low acidity and high alcoholedu.
A glass designed for white a fresh, light, mineral wines that are not aged in oak, and with high acidity, such as Riesling. He also reveals the beautifully pink and light red wines. Tall, slender glass conveys the freshness and brightness of flavor and perfectly balanced harmony of fruit and acidity in the taste with a mineral finish.
A glass of premium sparkling wines such as Champagne, cava, Crémant, Franciacorta, etc. the shape of the glass allows you to detect the delicate flavours of sparkling wines.
Unfortunately, many wine lovers do not even know about this noble bouquet, because sparkling is often served either in a glass bowl-shaped, or too small (and thus filled to the brim) glasses, and neither one nor the other can not convey the fullness of taste.
This glass concentrates the unique bouquet of sparkling wine and emphasizes in the sky their creamy texture, the bubbles do not dominate, they were only part of the overall fun.
In Ukraine most complete range of Riedel wine glasses, presented in the boutique “12 person”.