Riedel wine glasses are considered the premier wine glasses by wine experts.
Not only will they look stunning on any table setting, but you and your guests will have a completely different wine experience that you will not appreciate with another wine glass.
The reason for this is the Riedel family has made it their business to sell wine glasses that bring the best out of any glass of wine. Each Riedel glass is designed specifically for a particular type of wine and grape variety.
The aroma and flavor of the wine really does come out in one of these special glasses.
Georg Riedel, the 10th generation of the Riedel family, works with winemakers to make each Riedel glass perfect for a particular type of red wine.
It doesn’t matter if its a 0 bottle of wine or a bottle of wine, it just tastes better in the right glass.
All Riedel glassware are also designed to send the wine to the right part of your mouth to ensure optimum tasting. It has to do with how the Riedel glass rim is shaped.
The rim, along with the shape of the glass, highlights different flavors and aromas in each style of wine.
Riedel makes several lines of wine glasses:
The Sommelier line are Riedel’s top wine glasses. They are hand blown, leaded crystal glasses that are extremely delicate and elegant.
The Sommelier glasses were first made in 1959 and were the first wine glass made for specific types of wine. The discovery that different shaped glasses enhance or hide the flavors of certain wines came from tasting a bottle of wine using different shaped glasses. Riedel began testing which glass shapes improve the flavors of wine, thus the Sommelier glass line was born.
Riedel Sommelier glasses are just over 10.5 inches tall, four inches wide and have a capacity of over 30 ounces.
Because some wines have similar flavors to these wines, you can also enjoy them in these glasses as well.
A Bordeaux Sommelier glass also enhances other medium- to full-bodied wines such as:
- Brunello di Montalcino
- Cabernet Franc
The large bowl of the Sommelier Bordeaux glass allows young wines as well as wines that have aged to maturity to be enjoyed to their fullest in this glass.
A Burgundy Sommelier glass enhances medium-bodied wines like:
- Pinot Noir
A Riedel Sommelier glass for Zinfandel wine also enhances:
- Beaujolais Nouveau
The Riedel Sommelier Syrah glass makes these wines also taste delicious:
It is designed specifically for the wines of Bordeaux, but Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc can also be enjoyed in this glass.
Because Riedel Sommelier glasses are so delicate, they are not dishwasher safe. Make sure your Sommelier glasses last by washing them by hand.
Sommeliers Black Tie
It is a hand-blown glass with a black stem, giving this glass an extra sophisticated look. Enjoy any of your favorite wines in one of these special Riedel wine glasses. Hand washing is recommended. The Sommelier Black Tie glasses are the same size as the traditional Sommelier glasses.
The Vinum line of Riedel wine glasses was launched in the 1980’s, and was the first line of wine glasses made by machines that were for specific types of wine. The Riedel Vinum are beautiful, leaded crystal glasses made for everyday use. Riedel Vinum glasses are dishwasher safe, but hand washing them is recommended.
Riedel Vinum glasses are just under nine inches tall, just under four inches wide and have a capacity of eight ounces.
The Riedel Vinum glass for Bordeaux are made for full-bodied red wines like Bordeaux. Wines like Tempranillo, Rioja, Cabernet Franc and Merlot have enhanced aromas and flavors in this glass.
The Vinum glasses for Zinfandel enhance the enjoyment of Chianti Classico and Sangiovese. Like the Riedel Sommelier glasses, the Vinum Zinfandel glasses also enhance certain white wines such as Riesling, Gruener Veltliner and Vouvray.
The Riedel Vinum Burgundy glasses are one of the most popular of all the Riedel wine glasses. Enjoy Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Barolo and Beaujolais in these glasses.
The Riedel Vinum Syrah glasses enhance your enjoyment of the tannins in Australian Shiraz, Malbec, Amarone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Mourvedre, Hermitage and Blaufraenkisch.
Riedel Vinum Extreme glasses are larger than the traditional Vinum glasses. They are 9.75 inches tall and have a capacity of over 30 ounces. These Riedel wine glasses provide plenty of room for your favorite wine to breathe, as well as provide ample room for swirling.
The Riedel Vitis glasses have a unique diamond shaped bowl, adding a modern flair to these special red wine glasses. The Vitis glasses are the tallest of all the Riedel wine glasses, measuring over ten inches tall. These glasses have a large capacity of over 28 ounces. These glasses are made by a machine from one piece of glass.
Riedel Vinum XL glasses feature the same great quality you expect from Riedel wine glasses, in an extra large format. These glasses are 10.5 inches tall and have over 37 ounce capacity. Vinum XL glasses are made for particular types of wine, just like the Vinum and Sommeliers series. Wash these glasses by hand.
Riedel wine Series glasses are another glass within the Vinum series. They are tall, stemmed glasses with an added flair. The stem has a design on the top and bottom.
These are wine glasses that are made for specific types of wine. You can find a glass for Syrah, Cabernet/Merlot, Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo or Zinfandel. Enjoy a glass of your favorite wine in one of these sparkling glasses. These lead-free glasses can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand.
Riedel Ouverture glasses are simple, lead-free Riedel wine glasses. These red wine glasses come in two models: Ouverture Red wine glasses and Magnum glasses. The red wine glasses are just over seven inches tall and have a capactiy of just over 12 ounces. The Magnum glasses are just under eight inchest tall and have a capacity over 18 ounces. Riedel Ouverture glasses are dishwasher safe.
O-Riedel glasses are stemless wine glasses made for specific types of wine. You can find these glasses for Syrah, Cabernet/Merlot or Pinot/Nebbiolo wines.
O-Riedel glasses also feature a very unique style of glass that is recommended for both red and white wines. It has a wide stem that you can fill with wine, with the wine glass bowl on top of that. They are about seven inches in height withover 17 ounces in capacity.
Another great version of these stemless wine glasses are the Happy “O” collection. You can find sets where each of the wine glasses have a different color on the bottom of the glass, or just one color, as in the Crescendo line. These are truly happy glasses!
Riedel Tyrol glasses are another unique glass line. They are not stemless wine glasses, but they also do not have a stem. Instead they have half a solid sphere as a base, on which the glass bowl rests. These are very stable glasses, as they are not very tall and the base is very wide. These glasses are made for specific types of wine.
Buying Riedel Wine Glasses
The Riedel Vinum and Ouverture lines offer personalized wine glasses for you.
You can buy Riedel glasses in all sorts of set sizes. Purchase just one Riedel Sommeliers glass, or purchase eight Ouverture glasses for the price of seven. Whatever your preference, you will find the perfect red wine glasses from Riedel.