Good Wines Deserve The Best Glassware
Anyone who has been involved with wine, especially from the wine drinking or tasting point of view will know about Riedel wine glasses. Even the great Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate worships them - they must then be really, really great!
You may be iterating that a glass is a glass; well, yes and no. Yes, wine can be consumed out of any sort of goblet, glass or tankard (for you beer drinkers), but note, I say consumed rather than tasted. And no, for it's the elegance and style that makes this beautifully designed glassware stand head and shoulders above their rivals.
If you get the chance to drink your wine out of a Riedel wine glass, the overall tasting will become an experience to savour. Just admire the exceptionally thin, high quality bowl standing on an exquisite stem, I promise you the wine WILL taste better.
Delicate wines demand elegant glassware...
...which make wonderful presents
Image created by Rob Hemphill, incorporating the Riedel logo
About The Riedel Glass Company
In Kufstein, Austria
"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." (Quote: Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The Wine Advocate)
"The Riedel family has never stamped its name on a single bottle of wine. But over the past 50 years, this Austrian clan of master glassmakers has done more to enhance the oenophile's pleasure than almost any winemaking dynasty". (Quote: TIME MAGAZINE)
Claus Riedel was the first person in the long history of the glass to design its shape according to the character of the wine. He is thus the inventor of the functional wine glass. Make a journey through our world of glasses and senses. Below you will find information about Riedel's glass creations their philosophies on the ultimate enjoyment of wine.
Image credit: Riedel logo
The best of the best
Hand-made, mouth-blown and over 24% lead crystal... the glassware that started a movement.
Introduced in 1973, Claus Riedel's inspired line of stemware with wine-specific sizes and shapes changed the world of wine glasses. Recognized by many as the finest expression of stemware.
Preferred by wine professionals, enthusiasts and restauranteurs alike, Riedel wine glasses are the best.
Image credit: Riedel Sommelier wine glass
Wine Tasting Glassware
Get the right glass for the wine
Riedel has been working on different bowl shapes to match several different grape varieties. With a wide and varied collection, the essence of great design is to capture the aroma of wine in the glass. It has been found that certain grape varieties release their aromas in slightly different ways - thus the need to develop bespoke glassware.
It is agreed that the bowl design works the best because as the smells and nuances are released on swirling the wine in the glass, the delicate aromas move upward towards your nose but cannot escape outward. The aim being to concentrate the fruit to your nose first, so you can assess the wine before you taste it.
Image credit: Riedel wine tasting glasses
The Riedel "O" Wine Tumbler Collection
Maximilian Riedel (11th generation) presents his first glass series. The Riedel connoisseur will be surprised to find that this new glass series has something different about it - the glass is without a stem or base.
So what is "O"?
Riedel "O" is the new innovative take on the wine tumbler. In short: "O" is the perfect glass for everyday use and for any occasion. It is fun, feels good to hold, looks trendy and it works!
The designs of "O" are based on the benchmark shapes of Riedel Vinum. For the first time in glass history the design parameters such as shape of tumbler, size and diameter of rim, have been fine turned to enhance the world's most important grape varietals. "O" is available as: Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet/ Merlot, Pinot/Nebbiolo, Viognier/Chardonnay, Riesling/Sauvignon, Chardonnay.
The tumbler has been used for centuries as an all-round drinking vessel, and is now turned into a sophisticated wine accessory. Maximilian Riedel has created something brand new with "O" without losing sight of his "roots".
"O" will not compete with the existing Riedel glass series, "O" is much more a successful addition for those who love an elegant, uncomplicated design that really works, 30 years ago Claus Riedel (9th Riedel generation) revolutionized the world of the wine glass when he brought design into functionality. His grandson Maximilian Riedel feels that now is the right time to offer a convenience product. A glass which is easy to use. It fits in every dishwasher, picnic basket, or minibar.
Image credit: Maximillian Riedel - CEO Riedel Crystal
Riedel Vinum Wine Glass - Set of 6 plus 2 Bonus Glasses
Riedel O Wine Glasses - Set of 6 with 2 Bonus Glasses
Which Wine Glasses? - A good all round choice
There is a lot of correspondence in the wine press about the importance of drinking wine from the right glass. If you are familiar with, or have read anything by Robert Parker, you would know of his total affection for Riedel glasses - and he should know if anyone does!
As mentioned earlier, Riedel has produced several ranges of glasses specifically designed for different varietals and even specific wines. This caters very well to the overall wine ceremony, usually afforded by the snobs and pretentious.
I'm afraid that includes me, although I don't consider myself pretentious, just ultra-keen on wine, so I think Riedel glasses are the very best too. But the problem is the range is so massive, it is practically impossible to own them all so what is the essential selection?
Below is my recommendation for a good range of wine glasses that will see you through every occasion.
Image credit: Riedel wine tasting glasses
Riedel Vinum Zinfandel/Riesling/Chianti Glasses - Set of 2
Riedel Ouverture Magnum Red Wine Glass - Set of 6 plus 2 Bonus Glasses
Riedel Amadeo Decanter - Allows a young or old wine to fully develop before drinking.
The Amadeo decanter, a superb gift for the wine connoisseur who also appreciates modern design, holds a full capacity of 59 ounces, and measures 13-7/8 inches in height.
You must watch the video where you will see how this beautiful decanter is made - it's unbelievable.
The Glass Shape For The Wine Variety
The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel.
Riedel Glass Production And Tasting Videos
Glass Quality Poll
Cheers To You All, Please Don't Leave Without Saying Hi!
dellgirl on March 31, 2014:
These are great recommendations for good quality wine glasses. Like chrisilouhoo, I also learned something new today.
norma-holt on February 18, 2014:
My cupboard is full of all types of wine glasses but I never use them as I don't drink or have alcohol in the house. Nonetheless these look beautiful and I am sure the quality of the glass makes a difference to how wine taste. Well done report and nicely presented resource.
chrisilouwho on February 09, 2014:
I learned a lot here, thanks!
Erin Mellor from Europe on February 06, 2014:
I have a few styles of wine glass, but couldn't afford a full set, either in cost or space, but wine does taste better from lovely glasses.
MJPickled on January 16, 2014:
I never knew there were different glasses for each different type of wine.
VspaBotanicals on January 06, 2014:
PadmashriSriram on December 17, 2013:
I have not heard of riddle. I have my wine glasses purchased from Iveo. Riedel sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
wijnweetje on October 29, 2013:
Love the wine glasses from Riedel. makes me enjoy the wine more.
davenjilli lm on October 21, 2013:
Hi! LOL - we really need more wine glasses around here for some reason they seem to keep getting broken and we don't even have a fireplace to hurl them into :(
KathyZ1 on October 15, 2013:
Amazing, really enjoy your lens.
bobnolley lm on October 11, 2013:
Found this lens on your lift after seeing Stonehenge LOTD. Another nice piece of work...good to see others feel that the glass matters!
anonymous on October 11, 2013:
Looks like some great info for new wine connoisseurs, made interesting!
lesliesinclair on June 03, 2013:
This is enlightening. Although I like the feel of thin glassware and crystal, to drink from and hold, I'd no idea that the shape was specific to the type of wine.
anonymous on April 24, 2013:
More cheers to you sir...I have never had the pleasure of drinking from the right Riedel glass but then I don't know that I've ever had what you would consider a fine wine either....something to aspire too for sure. I do know a pretty glass makes everything in it better...even Kool Aide. :)
anonymous on March 26, 2013:
I appreciate the wine glass when i see it in surpermaket or on the internet. I like the goblet very much, it looks like a beauty with the slender waist, it is great beautiful with the artist's originality.
BlogsWriter on March 18, 2013:
I think the wine glasses make the wine more tastier and they are designed as such.
Jogalog on March 12, 2013:
We got Riedel wine glasses as a wdding gift but I never realised until reading this that there were so many different styles and different glasses for different wines.
NibsyNell on March 06, 2013:
These are all so elegant! I think the ones without the stems are best for me lol: I'm such a clutz! :)
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on March 02, 2013:
lot of designs and shapes of wine glasses. interesting topic and well presented lens
winesworld on March 01, 2013:
You can't beat Riedel glasses, they're definitely the best.
anonymous on February 16, 2013:
WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF THIS POSTER???????????? IT WOULD BE PERFECT FOR OUR WINE CELLAR! IF YOU KNOW THE SOURCE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANKS.
anonymous on December 08, 2012:
just wondering.... would you use a Champagne glass for Sparkling wines?snugnose
victoriahaneveer on October 19, 2012:
These are my dream glasses! Beautiful wine should be served in beautiful glassware and I don't think you can beat Riedel.
winestomp on September 18, 2012:
Those O glasses are less likely to break in the dishwasher.
JoshK47 on August 12, 2012:
Very attractive glasses!
anonymous on March 17, 2012:
I think they are the best wine glasses I have tried
Sharyn Read from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop... on February 29, 2012:
Hubby got a set of Riedel from his staff, they are beautiful to drink out of!
WriterJanis2 on January 30, 2012:
denwriters on January 28, 2012:
anonymous on November 30, 2011:
With such a wide range of wine accessories on the market today, it can be a little daunting finding out which the good and useful ones are. When it comes to choosing wine glasses, the quality and shape really do make a difference to the tasting experience.
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TLC33 on February 08, 2011:
Had no idea that there were so many different shapes of wine glasses, thanks for another great lens!