To fully appreciate the personality of different grape varieties and the subtle character of wines, it is essential to have an appropriately fine tuned glass shape. The shape is responsible for the flow of the wine and consequently where it touches the various taste zones of the tongue. The initial point of contact depends on the shape and volume of the glass, the diameter of the rim, and its finish (whether it is cut and polished or rolled edge) as well as the thickness of the crystal. As you put your wine glass to your lips, your taste buds are on alert. Once the tongue is in contact with the wine three messages are transmitted at the same time: temperature, texture and taste. PLUS: Each guest goes home with a set of Riedel wine glasses!
Raj Patel, PATEL Napa Valley
Ellie Anest, Eleven Eleven Wines
Aurelien Roulin, Eleven Eleven Wines
David Christensen, Riedel Crystal of America