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Information on Riedel Crystal
There is only one glass-maker who puts as much passion into developing the finest tools to capture a wine's full potential as do their wine-makers. This man is Georg Riedel and his mission is to provide precision tools in the service of wine so that each wine’s finest elements are the ones highlighted by the glass.
Riedel has been known for over four decades for designing the most finely tuned instruments for every level of wine sophistication as well, today, as the finest wine glasses in all price categories. While a glass cannot alter a fine wine or spirit, it can and does dramatically alter our perception of it. Try it and see for yourself! Robert Mondavi says, I never dreamed my wines were this good!
In 1958, Riedel introduced the Burgundy Grand Cru glass, the only stemware on permanent display in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Since then, Riedel has designed over 100 glasses. As a connoisseur of fine wines and spirits (Georg was named Decanter Magazine’s 1996 Man of the Year), Riedel develops new glass shapes to enhance the world’s most exciting and complex beverages at tasting workshops with leading international wine and spirit producers rather than on a drawing board or by computer. Most of Riedel’s glasses - in a myriad of shapes ranging in size from thimble to fish bowl - were created to highlight the finest characteristics of the particular liquids they would direct onto the palate. That is, each glass was developed for a single individual beverage and therefore has a specific purpose.
Why such a broad selection of glasses?
According to Riedel, “Better wine is being produced today by more people in more places than ever before in history, with world-class wine being made by literally thousands of wine-makers. Wine enthusiasts go to great lengths to discover these wines, buy them in sound condition, store them properly, serve them at the correct temperature and in surroundings that enhance them. Shouldn’t they also drink them from glasses that bring out their maximum beauty?”
In his highly regarded wine journal, Robert M. Parker Jr. of The Wine Advocate, says, "The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by the Riedel company. The effect of these glasses is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make."
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