In college, I found myself often drinking wine out of whatever glass was clean. Solo cups, mugs, and water glasses were the norm. It didn’t bother me. In fact, when my parents came to visit me my senior year of college and saw me drinking Pinot Grigio out of a plastic cup, they were horrified and bought me wine glasses the next day. Today, two years out of college and working in the wine industry, I think back to my airy days of sipping with horror. What was I thinking?
The thing is, the glass you choose to drink your wine in really does matter. To prove the point, wine educators often encourage you to taste one wine in a good wine glass, like Riedel, and then in a coffee cup. The good wine glass should bring out the aromas of the wine, enhancing the flavor in an extraordinary way and “translating the message of the wine to the human senses.” The coffee cup should deplete the wine of most of its flavors. Or at least that’s what Riedel says.
Riedel glassware is one of the most well-known wineglass company in the world. Family owned and operated for over 250 years, Riedel glassware produces collections of wine glasses for specific varietals and collections for casual drinkers. Glasses are dishwasher safe, although you may want to wash by hand, are made from lead crystal, and are hand blown. This video truly brings the glassware to life (here). It shows you how the glasses for one specific collection are made; I promise you will be blown (no pun intended) away.
They are, however, pricey at about $12 a glass. And the company suggests that you drink each varietal out of its proper glass. That can get expensive. I suggest investing in small set of whichever wine you drink most, like the Cabernet/Merlot glasses. Start small and build your collection as you go. Riedel glasses are great to register for when you are getting married and make great gifts. If you ever see them on sale, snatch them up. They really are worth it.
While the stamp of Riedel on your wine glass certainly says you mean business, a fun, lighter set of glasses says you like to mix it up. Below I’ve included a roundup of some wineglasses that will bring some life back to your wine rack. Someone I know is getting one of these sets for Christmas.
· Chalkboard bottoms replace the need for wine charms.
· Because mustaches make everything better!
· There’s nothing more timeless than a monogram.
· For the mason jar lover in your life.
· The subtle blush cover is soft without being too girly.
-- Written by Briana Berg, Contributor to Genuine Joy