Riedel VINUM Port Glasses, Set of 2

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Brand: Riedel

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  • Set of two machine-made, fine crystal Port glasses
  • This glass highlights the rich fruit and sweetness characteristic of port
  • Beautiful gift item or great addition to your home bar collection
  • Glass height is 6 1/2 inches and the capacity is 8 1/2 ounces
  • Dishwasher Safe

Binding: Kitchen

Details: Product Description This glass highlights the rich fruit and sweetness characteristic of port. During a series of more tastings conducted in London and Austria, some of the world's greatest port experts selected this glass as the ideal shape for vintage port. Amazon.com If, when asked to enumerate your favorite after-dinner beverages, you find yourself listing port, then you will cherish Riedel's Vinum series port glass. Austrian glassmaker Riedel has built a reputation based on the premise that the tongue is divided into four zones, each recognizing either sweetness, bitterness, saltiness, or acidity, and that by changing a glass's size and shape, it can be perfectly attuned to a particular wine's stylistic nuances. With this glass, Riedel has set its sights on the rich high-alcohol classics from Portugal. With its elegant, barely fluted teardrop design, the Vinum port glass serves to enhance the wine's floral, raisiny aromatics while mitigating any alcohol burn to the nose. In doing so, the Vinum port glass is sure to become indispensable after all fine meals. --Tony Mason From the Manufacturer A Glass Is Not Just a Glass The Content Determines the Shape Riedel's belief when it comes to develop a shape is that 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. He often does not consider the glass--used as an instrument to convey the message of the wine. Over the years we have acquired some interesting scientific explanations as to why the shape of a glass so influences the bouquet and taste of alcoholic beverages. The first discovery was made while enjoying wine. The same wine seemed completely different, when served in a variety of glasses--so much so that experienced connoisseurs were made to believe that they were tasting a different wine. In the next step, Riedel was able to determine shapes in which the wine seemed to improve. The grape variety is the key factor determining the relationship between fruit, acidity, tannin, and alcohol in wine. We started to recognize the complicated role played by size and shape in conveying the message of a fine wine. The Influence of Size and Shape on Alcoholic Beverages Bouquet The quality and intensity of aromas are determined by the personality of a wine and the relative affinity of the glass shape. Bouquet can only develop in a range of temperatures. Low temperatures temper the intensity, whereas high temperatures push mainly alcoholic fumes. When describing the importance of the glass shape we assume that the right serving sizes (white wine: 2-3 ounces; red wine: 3-5 ounces) and temperatures are respected. When wine is poured out, it starts to evaporate and the aromas quickly fill the glass in layers according to their density and specific gravity. The lightest vapors are at the rim, the heaviest on the bottom. Consequently the size and the shape of the glass can be fine-tuned to the typical aromas of a grape variety: The lightest, most fragile aromas are those which resemble flower and fruit aromas. Slender, egg-shaped glasses emphasize this kind of aroma. The middle is filled with green vegetal aromas and earthy mineral components. The heaviest aromas are those of wood and alcohol. When swirling the glass, the wine moistens additional surface which increases the evaporation and intensity of the aromas. However, it does not allow layers of bouquet to blend together. It is for this reason that the different qualities of aroma noted in a variety of glasses are amazing. (The same wine may have fruit aromas in one glass and green and vegetal herbiness in another). To eliminate this effect, you would have to move the layers vertically and shake the glass. Only then would you discover the same bouquet in all glasses! Experienced tasters rely on their olfactory talents more than their palates to determine

Package Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.0 x 5.4 inches

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