What is the best Reidel rose wine glass?

What kind of wine glass should you use for rosé wine? What kind of Reidel rose wine glass... 

Maximilian Riedel, the 11th generation of famed Riedel glassmaker and CEO of Riedel Crystal America, likes to call those ‘joker glasses,’ and he has a point. We probably shouldn’t be sipping good wine from utilitarian vessels. Traveling the world, preaching the gospel of using proper stemware, Mr. Riedel is indeed a true believer. Rightfully so, his family company is responsible for something a revolution in the wine glass business. Notes Riedel, “There is so much more to wine than a price and a good looking bottle; you need to have the right tools as well.” And the most important tool is the wine glass.

Yet this begs the question, does the wine glass matter that much? And which wine glass? The glass does matter, and you need not take my word for it, or Mr. Riedel’s. Simply try this at home: pour your favorite wine in a coffee cup, a rocks glass and a nice wine stem. You should experience the fullest range of taste from the thin-lipped, svelte profile of a proper wine glass that allows room for swirling, because air is wine’s best friend. If your wine is crammed into a tiny bowl, an oddly shaped mug or, heaven forbid, a Red Solo cup, well, you’ll miss out on the nuances in aroma and taste.

And yet, most of us cannot afford to purchase a wine stem for every grape varietal (currently Riedel offers wine glasses for everything from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and even rosé wines).

Riedel strategies:
Buy the varietal specific glass of the varietal you enjoy the most and built your collection from there. If you love Pinot Noir, buy a Pinot Noir glass, for example.

Spend approx. the same amount of money per glass that you do on your bottle of wine.
Thinking outside the box a bit is useful too as Riedel even admits to drinking “Pinot Noir based Champagnes from Pinot Noir glasses.” Vajra Stratigos, wine and beverage director for Atlanta-based Fifth Group Restaurants, loves to drink all bubbles from wide-mouthed wine glasses. “You have to try it,” he gushes, “The bubbles are just so much more ferocious with a wider lip.”

After years of tastings and research, Robinson Sommelier concluded that the two best shapes to start from were Pinot Noir glasses for reds and Sauvignon Blanc glasses for whites. “Each style offered aeration on the bottom and a smaller opening on top; we tweaked the vertical depth and a few other things to achieve The One’s design.”

Indeed, Riedel does put some love into every wine glass they make. It almost seems a bit lavish and overly scientific, but the fans love it. “We see glass as an instrument designed to highlight specifics from the DNA of all grape varieties. Our stems are designed in taste workshops, not on computers or on a drawing pad.” Maximilian likes to point out. In a typical workshop, the team uses different vintages of the wine (let’s say Malbec) pouring them into 20 or 30 different existing Riedel stems. The tasters (generally winemakers, producers and experts on the wine in question) taste the selections and identify three or four stems that bring out the varietal’s best qualities. “Based on whatever glasses have made the final cut, we begin to craft prototypes. Over the course of several months, the tasters will taste from each one until everyone in the room will agree this is how they envision the wine.”

Today there are as many stem options as there are wines. Schott Zwiesel’s Tritan line boasts a surface finish meant to strengthen the wine glass—ideal for keeping inebriated party-goers from breaking the glasses. They are also promoting a completely new tasting glass with something called ‘Airome’, which according to the website is “an integrated aroma wave, “ designed to allow more room in the glass for the wine to breathe. Indeed, the debate these days is more about which stem one should purchase and whether or not the wine stem should match the type of wine. As is so often the case with the fruit of the vine, that answer is personal. Riedel summed it up best when I asked him what every good wine stem should have, without hesitation he said, “Good wine to share.”

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Rosé is produced from red grapes but is made in the style of a white wine, and therefore served cold.

Its pale color results from the short contact of the grape skins with the juice. Some wine-producing areas specialise in rosé, and their high yields result for the most part in unpretentious wines designed to be drunk young.

This glass is shaped to direct the flow of wine onto tip of the tongue, emphasising the wine's fresh fruitiness while tempering its high acidity and bringing out its characteristic red berry and pinewood aromas. This is the ideal glass from which to enjoy typically tart, dry rosé wines.

Post inspired from Katy Kelly Bell / Forbes.