A lot of wine bottles will be opened during this holiday season. As you savor a glass with friends and family members, there are a few things that you can do to improve your experience.
Proper serving temperature is vital to tasting a wines fruit and complexity. Most people serve white wine too cold and red wine too warm. So if you chill your Chardonnay in the frig, you are best remove it and let it warm up for 30 minutes prior to serving.
Suggested Serving Temperatures:
Champagne 35 degrees
Whites 45-55 degrees
Reds 55-65 degrees
Investing in quality glassware can also have a big improvement on how your wine tastes. The industry leader is Riedel (rhymes with needle). The Riedel company is 250 years strong and the world pioneers of glass design and shapes. Glasses are widely distributed throughout the US. A number of fine dining establishments such as Danny Meyer Restaurants serve wine to their customer exclusively in Riedel glasses.
If you have an opportunity to attend a Riedel Glass Tasting Seminar be sure to participate. Attending will make you a believer! It is said that tasting wine challenges your 5 senses. Riedel glasses can reveal a 6th sense, the texture of wine.
This summer I had the pleasure of attending a seminar that was led by Maximilian Riedel. It featured 4 different Vinum XL wine glasses versus “joker” glasses, which are basic hotel glasses.
Riedel’s Oaked Chardonnay Glass showed a drastic improvement to a popular selling California Oaked Chardonnay. “Do you wish to go on a Chardonnay diet?” Asked Mr. Riedel. “A Chardonnay of this quality is diluted in the wrong glass!”
I noticed a drastic improvement of all wines tasted with these glasses. Primary improvement was expanded fruit flavors, acidity, roundness and texture. When we switched wines and poured them into the wrong glasses,alcohol became more prominent and acidity was bumped.
The Riedel Vinum XL set includes one each glass for Grand Cru Riesling, Montrachet/Oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir/Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Retail price: $135
For more info visit: www.riedel.com/
Christopher Davies is the National Wine Country Columnist for rootshed.com, and the publisher and editor of Wine Country International Magazine & VinoTasting. To follow his articles, subscribe at the link above.
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