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vintner
05-05-2008, 01:51 PM
I like my Riedels, but don't use them often. My glass of choice is stemware from Schott Zwiesel. The 'Schott glass' is not lead crystal. "Made using the Tritan Crystal Technique that includes special additives such as titanium, Schott Zwiesel Glasses are dishwasher safe and break resistant." Many times I would have been cleaning glass off the floor if I had been handling the Riedel stemware, instead I just steadied my nerves after bumping the Schott glass and watching it hit the countertop, or had been washing it in the sink and have bumped the sink side.

I have three styles but use mainly two of the sizes/styles for my general wine drinking. I use the Diva Bordeaux and a glass they call a water glass, but by some websites is also called a Zinfandel/Riesling glass.

Just in case anyone wanted to know...and probably didn't. :lol:

Fern
05-05-2008, 03:49 PM
That's interesting, but until I grew up (and ate at somebody's who was not a relative) I thought that people used empty jelly jars from Kern's Jelly for drinking glasses. Everybody I knew did, anyway. And our "juice glasses" were from cheese spread...they even had patterns on them.

Fern

bevvy5
05-06-2008, 01:02 AM
The bigger the better and if it's over two bucks per item, it just is less money to spend on something to put in it.

JMHO

vintner
05-07-2008, 03:25 PM
It is amazing how the proper glass makes a difference in the smell and taste of a wine. If there is a Riedel tasting in your area, take it. If you find one that has the stemware included, you will usually get a set of four glasses to take home with you.

Generally, you get a wine that you will move from glass to glass to experience the aromas and tastes and how they differ.

I am a firm believer in using the proper stemware for the wine and have been known to bring my own stemware to wine tastings and restaurants. I have a small cooler bag that I use as a carrying bag for my stemware.

And like two buck chuck, a good wine or stemware will cost more than $2.00. A good Riedel in the Vinum series will cost about $20-25. The upper end stemware is the Sommeliers series and will set you back about $100 each. That explains why I don’t own any of that series.

The Schott stemware Diva style will cost $15-20 per stem, but will outlast most other stemware. The bowl is similar to Riedel, so the flavors and aromas will be similar.

And that…along with being more that you want to know about a wine glass, is why I drink from those wine glasses.

KathyJed
05-07-2008, 05:30 PM
Don
I'm with you. There's nothing I hate more than having a good wine out of those cheap restaurant glasses - you know, the ones with the thick rims so they are harder to break. We usually take our own wine when we dine out, but never thought about glasses. It's a great idea.

Kathy

Glitter Brunello
05-07-2008, 05:37 PM
Don
I'm with you. There's nothing I hate more than having a good wine out of those cheap restaurant glasses - you know, the ones with the thick rims so they are harder to break. We usually take our own wine when we dine out, but never thought about glasses. It's a great idea.

Kathy

That is a good point. Though my bigger complaint is when the glasses are too small, especially if I'm ordering by the glass... :abused: Then again, it's usually the thick-rimmed glasses that are on the smaller side... the ones that are properly sized/shaped tend to be thinner.

vintner
05-07-2008, 09:46 PM
DW and I went to a restaurant with another couple. Bottle of white, bottle of red (sounds like a Billy Joel song) and the waitress brings out 2 glasses each. She poured the white for the ladies, then started to pour the red for the guys, but she was going to pour the wine into the same white glasses. If I would have brought my glasses, no matter which glass the wine was poured into, I could have put it in the right glass.

You may ask, 'Don, why do you bring your glasses to a wine tasting?' Well, the glasses I use at home to drink the wine should be the glasses I use when I taste the wine before I buy it. That way, I know how it will taste when I drink it at home.

GrayFal
05-07-2008, 09:51 PM
DW and I went to a restaurant with another couple. Bottle of white, bottle of red (sounds like a Billy Joel song) and the waitress brings out 2 glasses each. She poured the white for the ladies, then started to pour the red for the guys, but she was going to pour the wine into the same white glasses. If I would have brought my glasses, no matter which glass the wine was poured into, I could have put it in the right glass.

You may ask, 'Don, why do you bring your glasses to a wine tasting?' Well, the glasses I use at home to drink the wine should be the glasses I use when I taste the wine before I buy it. That way, I know how it will taste when I drink it at home.

Hmmmm, I never really thought about it - but it is a good point.

I am a martini drinker http://img1.jurko.net/5250670.jpg

but I DO enjoy drinking from a nice glass - not sure if it is 'real' or not but it does taste better in beautiful stemwear.

Joe L
05-08-2008, 04:47 PM
Don't get me started on stemware. There is no reason why restuarants with decent wine lists should not have decent stemware. I'm not asking for Reidels but at least Reidel clones. I was at a resturant and we purchased a couple of bottles of Beringer Knights Valley Cabs and they poured it into those horrible thick small wine glasses. We then ordered Turley Zin and all of a sudden out come the good glasses. There are so many wine glasses for sale that are similar to the shape of Reidels, that are inexpensive. The ridiculous mark up on wine in restaurants should be able to pay for decent Reidel clones. JMHO

GrayFal
05-08-2008, 05:08 PM
:: Riedel - Wine & Glass Guide :: (http://www.wineglassguide.com/)

GrayFal
05-08-2008, 05:11 PM
Don't get me started on stemware. There is no reason why restaurants with decent wine lists should not have decent stemware. I'm not asking for Reidels but at least Reidel clones. I was at a restaurant and we purchased a couple of bottles of Beringer Knights Valley Cabs and they poured it into those horrible thick small wine glasses. We then ordered Turley Zin and all of a sudden out come the good glasses. There are so many wine glasses for sale that are similar to the shape of Reidels, that are inexpensive. The ridiculous mark up on wine in restaurants should be able to pay for decent Reidel clones. JMHO

Joe - this has NOTHING to do with your post....

But every time I see your avatar - it reminds me of CO-OP City in the Bronx :rotflmao:

Now I know it is of the Tri-Royals in Cancun but it is something about the angle?????
Signed, Pat from City Island

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