Riedel wine glasses have taken the wine world to another level by designing glassware that enhances the aromas and flavors of specific varietals for both red and white wines. Their glasses provide the perfect conduit to enjoy all of the different wines. Robert Parker Jr. of the Wine Advocate wrote, “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.”
Then there are the proverbial stemless wine glasses. Though they break all proper wine etiquette on how to hold a wine glass as well as other issues mentioned earlier, there is actually one good application. At large parties, it is not uncommon for glasses to get bumped and broken due to the long stem on typical glasses that make them top heavy as well as easy to fall over. Stemless glasses are not top heavy due to their design, making them more stable. It is a tossup as it will not change the downfalls of warming up the wine or preventing fingerprints on the glass bowl which will detract from the beauty of the wine. And most important, twirling is out of the question. The benefit is less wine and shattered glass on the travertine or wood floors.
Fill height of wine in a glass is also important. For red wines, fill the glass one-third to one-half full. Filling a wine glass to the curve of the bowl is approximately one-third. By keeping the wine level low in the glass, twirling is easier, allowing effective twirling to open the wine up. It also makes it easier to tilt the glass at a 45 degree angle and observe the color and brilliance of the wine. For white wines, the glasses are smaller and narrower, allowing the aromatics to concentrate and intensify. The fill height for white wines should be one half to two thirds of the glass. By having a larger volume in a narrower glass with less exposed surface area, decreases the thermal gradient between the air and wine allowing the wine to maintain a cooler temperature over time.
It’s nice to sit down and have a beautiful wine of your choice poured into a glass that allows the wine to strut it’s stuff. We drink, share and enjoy wines out of passion and love. For some people it really doesn’t matter what it is served in. If that's the case, who needs a glass!