What’s In A Glass?

Wine is wine right? You either like it or you don’t. If you like it almost any wine glass will do and in a pinch any drinking vessel might do.

Last night we attended a Riedel glass tasting at our local Calgary Co-op wine tasting centre. Riedel (pronounced reedel like needle as I now know) is in my mind the premier cocktail and wine glass maker in the world. As an everyday regular person I often wonder when looking at the glass collections in the stores why are there so many? There’s a red wine glass and a white wine glass simple and easy, after that it must just be a ploy.

That’s what I thought until I attended this tasting. With a plate of cheese, crackers, grapes and chocolate we were ready to begin.  We tasted 4 varietals of wine (Riesling, Chardonay, Pinot Noir and Cabbernet Sauvignon) in the glass that was designed for it and in the glasses that were designed for another type of wine. The reactions through the room were great. Lots of oohs and ahs when the wine was in the right glass and lots of sour faces when it was not. By the end of the night there was a lot of cheating going on where the participants were just plain refusing to even taste the wines in the wrong glasses. Now we know, the glass you are using can raise your wine to great heights or sink it and turn it into a bottle you hated. You never know the right wine in the right glass might even convert that non wine drinker in your life.

The evening was both entertaining and informative but I warn you, if you have the chance to try one of these you will want to replace all of your wine glasses and may never look at the resturant wine glass the same!

Well worth the value, the tasting was $100 per ticket (we were able to get some cheaper ones at half price) but the ticket price included your set of four veriatel (grape) specific glasses to take home. The set alone has a purchase price of around $160 plus taxes. As an added bonus all participants of the evening also received 10% off in store purchases at the end of the night.

For any foodie that likes to pair up their wines or just enjoy their wines in general I would highly reccomend attending a glass tasting.

Cheers from Your Everyday Foodie!

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