"Message" of wine

4 Sensations in wine

Bouquet 
Grape varietal specific stemware is re­sponsible for delivering the quality and intensity of the wine's aroma.

Texture 
Grape varietal specific stemware highlights the exciting and diverse styles of "mouthfeel" in wine (watery, creamy, silky, velvety).

Flavour 
Grape varietal specific stemware creates a ba­lanced interaction between the fruit, minerality, acidity and bitter components of a wine.

Finish 
Grape varietal specific stemware offers a pleasant, seamless, harmonious, and long lasting aftertaste.

The content determines the shape

why shape matters

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.

Sommeliers 400/00
Sommeliers 4400/00
Sommeliers 4400/00

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.

Sommeliers 400/16
SOMMELIERS 4400/16
SOMMELIERS 4400/16

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
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.

Sommeliers 400/28
SOMMELIERS 4400/28
SOMMELIERS 4400/28

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

Sommeliers 400/0
SOMMELIERS 4400/0
SOMMELIERS 4400/0

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.

Sommeliers 400/1
SOMMELIERS 4400/1
SOMMELIERS 4400/1

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.

White wine, rosé wine & red wine

Wine colours

The colours of the wine can vary strongly depending on age, concentration and winemaking techniques. The grapes and wines below often, but not always, exhibit the listed colours. Generally speaking, younger red wines tend to be violet and purple in colour, while more mature red wines tend to be a rich garnet colour.

White Wine

Grayish Yellow

Pinot Grigio

Greenish Yellow

Sauvignon Blanc

Pale Yellow

Colombard, Grüner Veltliner

Lemon Yellow

Riesling, Gewürztraminer

Light Gold

Chenin Blanc

Golden Yellow

Chardonnay, Viognier, Sémillion

Gold

Dessert wines

Brownish Yellow

Sherry, mature White Burgundy

Amber

Vin Santo, Tokaji

Brown

Malaga, Marsala

Rosé Wine

Onion Sky

Rosé Champagne

Salmon

Rosé Syrah

Raspberry

Rosé Grenache, White Zinfandel

Red Wine

Cooper

Aged Grenache

Brick Red

Mature Pinot Noir, aged Bordeaux

Garnet

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo

Ruby

Young Pinot Noir, Tempranillo

Cherry

Sangiovese, Zinfandel

Purple

Barbera, Amarone

Blackish Red

Shiraz, Vintage Port

Feel your wine

Aromas & Flavours

Aromas imparted by the grapes

These aromas derive directly from the grapes; immediately after bottling, they typically dominate the flavor of the young wine. Eventually, these fruit aromas give way to or are complemented by mature aromas.

Aromas imparted by bottle age

New aroma structures develop over time as the wine matures in the bottle, thereby enriching the mature wine’s flavor. Mature aromas start to dominate after the wine has peaked and can eventually cause the wine to seem tired. Some wines do not age well and should be drunk when young.

Aromas imparted by vinification

The winemaker can heavily influence the wine’s flavor by the use of steel tanks, wooden casks or barriques (small wood barrels). This is dependent on the intensity of the use, the age of the wine, and the level of the toasting (roasting of wood barrels over fire). Various aromas from vanilla to caramel may be imparted to the wine. Furthermore, stirring of the yeast cells may impart yeasty or buttery aromas. These vinification aromas can become either complementary or dominant in the finished wine.

Download wheel of aromas

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Taste of wine

Take a sip and keep it in your mouth. Pay attention to the wine’s initial impact, mouthfeel and finish. To intensify the tasting you can chew the wine (causing the tannins to emerge) or you can take in some air with your lips slightly open (causing sealed aromas to open up). Again, the aroma wheel can help you in identifying the wine’s aromas. Should you taste a series of wines, spit the samples out (this reduces the negative effect the alcohol has on your tasting abilities). To neutralize your palate you can simply drink some water. Do not eat any bread while tasting wine since this will significantly affect your sense of taste.

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RECOMMENDED SERVING TEMPERATURES

64°F 18°

Great, full-bodied red wines

Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel

64°F/18°

Great, full-bodied red wines

Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel

63°F 17°

Full-bodied red wines

Syrah, Barbaresco, Vintage Port

63°F/17°

Full-bodied red wines

Syrah, Barbaresco, Vintage Port

61°F 16°

Great red wines

Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Pinotage

61°F/16°

Great red wines

Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Pinotage

59°F 15°

Medium-bodied red wines

Merlot, Chianti, Barbera

59°F/15°

Medium-bodied red wines

Merlot, Chianti, Barbera

57°F 14°

Full-bodied red wines

Sherry, Vin Santo, Port

57°F/14°

Full-bodied red wines

Sherry, Vin Santo, Port

55°F 13°

Light-bodied red wines

Beaujolais, Gamay, Cotes-du-Rhone, Dolcetto

55°F/13°

Light-bodied red wines

Beaujolais, Gamay, Cotes-du-Rhone, Dolcetto

54°F 12°

Full-bodied white wines

Burgundy, Chardonnay, Bordeaux

54°F/12°

Full-bodied white wines

Burgundy, Chardonnay, Bordeaux

52°F 11°

Medium-bodied white wines

Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Soave

52°F/11°

Medium-bodied white wines

Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Soave

50°F 10°

Rosé and light-bodied white wines

White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Colombard

50°F/10°

Rosé and light-bodied white wines

White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Colombard

48°F

Sparkling wines

Vintage Champagne

48°F/9°

Sparkling wines

Vintage Champagne

46°F

Dessert wines

Late harvest wine, Sauternes, Ice wine

46°F/8°

Dessert wines

Late harvest wine, Sauternes, Ice wine

44°F

Basic sparkling wines

Prosecco, Cava, Lambrusco, Champagne

44°F/7°

Basic sparkling wines

Prosecco, Cava, Lambrusco, Champagne