THE CONTENT DETERMINES THE SHAPE

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 wine's message. Over the years, RIEDEL has acquired some interesting scientific explanations as to why the shape of a glass influences the bouquet and taste of alcoholic beverages. The first discovery was made while enjoying wine. The same wine displayed completely differently characteristics when served in a variety of glasses. The differences were so great that experienced connoisseurs were made to believe that they were tasting different wines. The grape variety is the key factor in determining the relationship between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol. As the next step, RIEDEL was able to create shapes in which the wine, vinified from specific grape varieties, seemed to improve. We started to recognize the complex role that size and shape play in conveying the message of a fine wine.

CUT RIM

SOMMELIERS 400/00

Ideal for highly tannic red wines of moderate acidity. Directs the wine to the center of the tongue, creating a harmony of fruit, tannin and acidity.

CUT RIM

SOMMELIERS 400/16

Perfect for red wines with high acidity and moderate tannin. Directs the wine to the tip of the tongue, highlighting the fruit and balancing the naturally high acidity.

ROLLED RIM

Rolled Rim

Inhibits the smooth flow of wine and tends to accentuate acidity and harshness.

Cut Rim

Allows the wine to flow smoothly onto the tongue.

CUT RIM

SOMMELIERS 400/28

For champagne. Designed to highlight the fine bouquet, richness and complexity on the palate.

CUT RIM

SOMMELIERS 400/0

Created for full bodied white wines with moderate acidity. Directs the wine to the center of the tongue, bringing all of the components into perfect harmony.

CUT RIM

SOMMELIERS 400/1

Designed for light fruity white wines that are high in acidity. Guides the wine to the tip of the tongue, accentuating the fruit and de-emphasizing the naturally high acidity.