Practicality and beauty are hallmarks of Riedel white wine glasses. This lead crystal stemware enhances the taste and bouquet of superior vintages. The glassware, first designed by Professor Claus Riedel, is specifically designed to enhance the character of a drink. The dimensions of the glass are crucial to get the best taste and aroma from a particular vintage. The company was the first to produce specific stemware for specific wines.
The company was first established in Bohemia in 1756. The business has been in the family for over 250 years but is now based in Kufstein, Austria. High quality crystal products have been produced since its beginnings.
In the middle of the 20th century, the company was producing unadorned, thin-blown stemware which, at the time, were constructed using a basic bowl shape with only the sizes differing . In 1961 however, the company was manufacturing a range of glasses which varied in size and shape.
These were medium-sized and designed to be filled to a third or less. A serve should measure three ounces. It is important not to overfill the glass as there should be plenty of ‘breathing space’. This allows the aromas to develop.
The Sommelier range is regarded by many experts as one of the best. Introduced in 1973, there were a number of sizes to choose from. Hand-blown from lead crystal in the factory in Austria, the range has been highly regarded and is well known.
Other ranges which have suitable stemware include Vitis, Vinum, Tyrol and Verture. These are suitable for regular use and can all be washed in the dish-washer. Two other types suitable for concentrated, bold wines are the Vinum XL and Vinum Extreme.
Riedel white wine glasses can be easily hand-washed. Use warm water but no detergent. Place upside down on a linen cloth to drain. If you need some extra shine, steam over boiling water. Polish with crystal microfiber towels. Do not twist the bowl and base.