When developing a glass Riedel's design ideas are not born on a drawing board but shaped by trial and error with the help and support of the world's greatest palates. A person interested in wine is led by color, bouquet and taste, but often the glass is not considered as an instrument to convey the message of the wine.
If color, bouquet, and taste are the critical messages of a great wine, then the wine glass is clearly the messenger. A wine served in the wrong glass will not deliver the right message. The shape and size of the bowl as well as the rim diameter of the glass are critical to delivering the unique substance of a fine wine. Riedelís design process takes this truism to account. Their designers and artists do not use a drawing board, but instead use trial and error and the talents of the world's greatest palates to develop wine glasses that clearly communicate the messages of the wines they are designed to hold. Riedel wine glasses add beauty, elegance, and flavor to every gathering.
"It takes a great deal of efforts for a talented wine-maker to produce a good wine. These efforts can be ruined in no time if the wine is not served properly. The quality of the glass plays a crucial role here and Riedel produces the largest range of high quality glasses, specifically fine-tuned to fit the predominant wine varietals of the planet. Riedel makes it possible to fully appreciate all the nuances of aromas and tastes from the best wines of the world." -Michel Bettane
Varietal Specific Designs
The Riedel glass designs are based on the exceptional characteristics of each grape variety, which in turn determines the shape, size and rim diameter of the bowl. The latest machine blown technology, in conjunction with the seamless pulled stem, offers a special design feature "architecture", which creates an indent in the bottom of the bowl, reflecting the light and adding another dimension to the lively color of wine.
Crystal Classics is one of the largest independent retailers of Riedel glasses in the U.S.