Decanted And Riedel Crystal Produce Crystal Clear Revelations
Five glasses and four fine wines taught us more about proper glassware than any lecturer or video could ever have done.We paid $50 each to attend the talk, taste 4 wonderful $30-$80+ wines, and come home with a stunning tasting quartet of quite large Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses that together retail for ~$200. (The Riedel rep says the Austrian name is pronounced to rhyme with "needle," and is not pronounced "Ree dell." Riedel makes quite a few lines of stemware at various price points.
I’ve never seen so many serious wine aficionados change their minds and lifelong preconceptions about ideal stemware as quickly and as firmly as on this evening. Why? Their own taste buds, or palates provided the oenologic evidence.
In a nutshell, or a decanter, the evening showed that wines taste best when paired with the optimally shaped wine glass.
Over 80% of the taste of wine or food depends on its inhaled aroma. Pinch your nose tight, and try to taste food or wine-you get the point, as you lose the fine points of taste. Did you know that the shape of wine glasses makes a 100% difference in the perception of a wine's tasting from "ok" in one glass, to actually "great" in a different glass?
The fun began as people's preconceptions were turned upside down. As we poured the wines from the Riedel stemware into a plain non-crystal wine glass, it became clear to all that the finer qualities of each wine were distinctly dulled in the non-crystal glass. Then the wines were poured into the other Riedel glasses, and it became clear that Riedel really was on to something powerful with their uniquely shaped glasses, custom designed for accentuating the aroma and aeration of each wine varietal.
|The Riedel Tasting Set Around a Regular Wine Glass in Center|
The wines and our palates told a clear convincing story.
If you want to make a $90 bottle of wine taste like a $9 bottle, just serve it in those $3-$5 non-crystal wine glasses you have at home.
Conversely, a fine crystal glass of say a Cabernet design, paired with a so-so Cabernet, will make it taste better, though not like a $90 bottle. Hey, I’d be happy with it tasting like a $25 Cabernet! That taste enhancement is done with the right Riedel glass. The aromas of each varietal grape or wine really are brought out when sampled in the optimally shaped glass.
Guests also dined on upscale appetizers such as smoked salmon and fresh lettuce on toasted sliced baguettes
I and others went home beaming with a $200 set of four large, beautiful stems of Riedel wine glasses for a super deal of only $50!
Decanted Wine, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, 434-1814, http://www.decantedwines.com/
FYI..Be at the next Wine Throw Down event February 24, 5:30-8:00 pm as wine merchants pick their best wines for you to sample and compare. This $25 event features top California wines. Reserve now, as these events fill up fast! So far, Nickel & Nickel, Paul Hobbs, and Hestan / Meyer Vineyards will be represented.