Height: 226mm 8 7/8" - Capacity: 380ml 13 3/8 oz
Hand Made, Mouth Blown, Lead Crystal
Priced and available individually, each glass is in individual tubes, 4 tubes per box.
This glass can be used for both Red and White Wines.
Recommended grape and wines for Chianti Classico (Red Wine): Ajaccio, Bardolino, Beaujolais Nouveau, Carignan, Chianti, Cotes du Roussillon, Cotes du Ventoux, Dolcetto, Freisa, Grignolino, Lambrusco, Montepulciano, Patromonio, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Teroldego, Vin de Corse, Zinfandel.
Recommended grape and wines for Riesling Grand Cru (White Wine): Alsace Grand Cru, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Jurancon Sec, Riesling (late harvest), Riesling Smaragd, Vouvray.
About the Riedel Sommeliers Crystal Chianti Classico / Riesling Grand Cru Glass
Chianti Classico: It was an Italian lawyer and owner of a famous Tuscan winery who made Georg Riedel aware that his range featured glasses dedicated to French grape varieties. Stung into action, Riedel began working with oenologist Dr. Walter Filliputti to research the characteristics of the Sangiovese grape variety and the optimum shape with which to set off its delicate qualities. Sangiovese is native to the stony soils of the Tuscan hills, where most vineyards are sited at an altitude of 1.000 – 2.000 feet. Intense sun on steep slopes with poor soils results in medium – bodied wines with good acidity, minerals and tannins.
The shape of this glass brings out the characteristic Chianti bouquet of cherry and bitter almonds. On the palate it helps the wine to gain fruit and suppleness, with the acidity and tannins at a tasting in Florence on June 11, 1991, where it was warmly acclaimed by leading winemakers of the region.
Riesling Grand Cru: The Riesling grape variety produces some of the finest white wines, in which high acidity is balanced with residual sugar. Austria saw the dawn of a new era of winemaking in the 1980s. The best crus of Riesling from the sunniest sites were harvested extremely late, yeilding grape musts with high sugar levels, concentrated fruit and typical Riesling acidity levels. When fermented to dryness the resulting wine has an alcoholic strength of 13-14%, with 2-4 grammes of residual sugar.
Fresh acidity and high levels of mineral components can produce an intense wine with wonderful peach aromas. The wine also ages exceptionally well, with its colour changing slightly to give the typical hue of an aged Riesling. In search of the shape that would best match this new style, Stuart Pigott, a British wine journalist specialising in Riesling, put together a tasting of the finest 1990 vintages from Germany, France and Austria.
Riedel sent a selection of glasses for evaluation, suspecting - correctly - that their Chianti Classico (Item # 400/15) glass might prove ideal. This tasting was subsequently repeated in London, Paris and New York, raising awareness among wine writers of the new Riesling styles. The wines were presented exclusively in this glass, which henceforth also goes under the name of the Sommeliers Riesling Grand Cru.