The Truth Behind Stemware

You might cast off specialty stemware as a mere wine snob pretension, but once you see the light, it’s extremely difficult to go back. The best way to understand how drastically a wine can change based on the glass it’s presented in, is to conduct a very basic experiment.

Pour yourself some red Burgundy (Pinot Noir) in a clunky, thick-walled wine glass from IKEA with a relatively short and narrow bowl. Then pour some into a broad Schott Zwiesel “Burgunder” or Burgundy glass.

The first thing you’ll notice is how much more aromatic the wine will appear when drunk from the glass with the deep, rounded bowl. This shape allows for more of the wine’s surface area to interact with oxygen, which will amp up the wine’s aromas and will allow you to experience the wine’s delicate flavor nuances. A large bowl also enables you to swirl the wine vigorously, which will help with aeration and will soften a wine’s tannins if they start out being quite assertive. Drinking wine from a stout and narrow glass makes aeration challenging and can hinder a wine from truly expressing itself in the glass. Do your wine (and yourself) a favor and give it a proper stage upon which to perform. The difference will be completely worth your while.

The second thing you’ll notice when comparing the two glasses is how elegant the wine will taste when drunk from a crystal glass that has thin, fragile walls. The reasoning behind this might be less than scientific, but pressing your lips to a thick wall of glass is simply not appealing. The last thing you want to taste when sipping a glass of wine is the actual glass itself.

Matching Glass Type to Wine Type

Unless you consider yourself an über wine geek, you should be good to go with three types of wine glasses: a narrow flute for Champagne and sparkling wines, a smaller glass for whites, and a larger, deeper glass for reds.

The key to sparkling wine is maintaining its effervescence for as long as possible. A long narrow flute only allows a small portion of the wine’s surface area to be exposed to oxygen, which keeps the bubbles in your bubbly from dissipating too quickly. Try drinking a glass of Prosecco from a standard red wine glass and your sparkling wine will turn still real fast.

There are many variations within the white wine glass category including a tulip shaped glass for highly aromatic grape varieties like Riesling, a narrower bowl for crisp varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Grüner Veltliner, or a more bulbous glass for rich Chardonnays and Viogniers which see some oak, but generally speaking, most whites will show well in a smaller glass.

Like with the red Burgundy example, most red wines (specifically those that are high in tannins such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec) will benefit from a glass with a large, deep bowl, which allows for ample oxygen contact. You’ll find a slew of red wine glasses on the market that are tailored for specific red wine styles or grape varieties, but any larger sized glass will do. Bordeaux glasses are typically taller and slimmer than Burgundy glasses, since Pinot Noir is a very delicate and aromatic grape variety that benefits from a good amount of air.

World Class Stemware Brands to Look For:

Riedel

Schott Zwiesel

Spiegelau

About the Author:

 

Etty Lewensztain is the founder and owner of Plonk Wine Merchants, which features organic, biodynamic and natural wines, as well as some of the best cheap wine under $20.

Sango Dinnerware – Sango Splash Dinnerware and Goblets

Sango SplashMy daughter was recently looking to buy a new dinner set. She had a vague idea of what she wanted but like most of us she found it time consuming trying to find just the right dinnerware.

Generally the best place to start is to look for a pattern and set to fit your kitchen and dining room décor and from there to look for a set in your price range.

Sango manufacture dinnerware  in a wide range to suit all budgets.

They are an Indonesian company that has been producing fine tableware for years and they offer lines ranging from casual home ware right through to fine dining, in a variety of finishes.

Sango dinnerware comes in a range of different materials including:

  • Stoneware
  • Porcelain
  • China
  • Glazed Earthenware

This makes it very easy for you to pick the perfect set for your home.

Most Sango dinnerware comes in a complete set that includes the serving dishes, so that solves your problem of trying to match up serving bowls with salad bowls and dinner plates.

You will find pretty much any print pattern to suit your home from traditional kitchen designs to nostalgic designs that fit in with grandma’s décor. You will even find themed sets for the holidays such as a patriotic liberty theme.

The glaze and finish on almost all of the Sango dinnerware pieces is dishwasher and microwave safe. The only real exception is the China line. China should always be hand washed and never placed in a microwave.

So it doesn’t matter whether you are looking for fine china or casual everyday dinnerware Sango offers a choice that will fit your style and budget. With the wide variety of themes, material types, and integrated dishes you’ll find a product that will beautify your kitchen and dining room.

One of the patterns that I like in particular is the Sango Splash range of dinner ware.

And the reason I like the Sango Splash range is that the pattern on each piece is totally unique. Sango Set of 4 Splash Goblet

My favorite is the earthy toned set that has a mixture of rich brown tones ranging in color from ochre to deep chocolate.  You can also see the spiral brushstrokes and soft accents that are “splashed” together to create the attractive pattern.

The manufacturer uses three separate layers of matte and gloss reactive glazes which drip differently when the green ware is in the kiln, which gives this mottled effect in a pattern of a combination of stretch, and speckle.

And to add the finishing touch to  your table setting why not add a beautiful set of  Sango Splash Goblets.



Review: Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses, 2 ounce

bodum-pavina-double-wall-thermo-glassesIf you appreciate a good espresso or a shot of iced vodka,  you will appreciate the  elegance and fine styling of the Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses.

This set of two, 2-ounce glasses has been engineered to create the perfect drinking experience for the connoisseur.

Winner of the European iF Design Award, the Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses are hand blown in two layers of glass. The reason for the two layers is to keep the espresso hot and insulated on the inside (or the vodka cold and insulated on the inside) while not impacting the outer layer of the glass. This means no condensation will form on the outer layer of the glass.

What we Like:

  • They are very attractive glasses to have in the collection.
  • They are safe to be put in the microwave.
  • It is not necessary to use coasters, as there is no condensation and therefore no stain ring on furniture.
  • Since they are hand-blown each is a unique piece of art.

Other Things to Consider:

While these seem pretty strong, the glass is thin and it is recommended that you not use spoons or other metal instruments in the glass as they can break or scratch it.

It is recommended that you do not drop ice cubes into the glasses as it may cause the fragile inner layer to crack or break.

While you could put them in the dishwasher, the fragile nature of these glasses makes it a wiser choice to hand wash them to keep them from breaking.

Just take a little care with these glasses, don’t stuff them into a crowded dishwasher for instance.

Remember they while they are made from Borosilicate glass, which despite being  thinner  than regular glasss  ist much more durable, it is still glass and needs to be treated as such.

CLICK HERE to buy the  stylish and modern looking Bodum Pavina double wall thermo glasses.

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Review: Riedel O Wine Tumblers for Cabernet/Merlot, Set of 2

riedel-o-tumblersIf you  want to have a set of beautiful glasses  for when you are enjoying a glass of wine in the evening, you should look no further than the Riedel O Tumblers, Set of 2 .

Reidel Crystal is known as the worlds top manufacturer of wine glasses, Ask any wine connoisseur and it almost a surety that they have Reidel glassware in their wine cabinet.

The Reidel O series are a lower priced wine glass that has been designed for casual entertaining.

Each set of glasses in the O series are specifically designed to match a particular grape variety and this set of tumblers is suited to the full bodied wines such as cabernet and merlot.

The only problem with traditional wine glasses is that the stems tend to be a bit fragile and easy to break making them somewhat impractical for everyday casual drinking.

This new breed of wine glass tumbler has taken that problem out of the equation. Imagine if the traditional wine glass was removed from that stem and turned into a tumbler, well this how these tumblers are shaped. They still have the perfect shape to cradle your cabernet or merlot and allow the right amount of air and sipping space, but without the stem.

The glasses are manufactured in Germany, from lead free glass. They are dishwasher safe an because they lack the stem they fit nicely into your cabinet or picnic basket.

Each tumbler is just less than 5 inches tall and can hold just over 21 ounces of wine.

CLICK HERE to buy a set of the Reidel O Wine Tumblers for your wine drinking pleasure.


Corelle Livingware 34-Piece Dinnerware Set – Just White -Suits Any Kitchen Decor Review

corelle-livingware-dinnerware-setWhether you have a cottage in the country to decorate or you just want to change up the style in your home to take you back to a simpler time, the Corelle Livingware 34-Piece Dinnerware Set – Just White is a great beginning to this path.

Included in this set are:

8 Complete Place Settings (Dinner Plate, Bowl, Bread Plate, Mug)

Serving Bowl

Serving Platter

This crisp, clean white china is a great beginning to any kitchen  décor theme, and  will being all white it fit in with any other pieces that you already own or are thinking of purchasing.

Unlike the old days, these dishes also have some of the benefits of newer china. First they have been created to be more chip and break resistant so they will be with you longer. They are also dishwasher safe, which makes table clean up a breeze and they will look beautiful every time you want to set them out. Additionally, they are safe to put in the microwave when you need to heat up those leftovers.

When it’s time to put them away, it is easy to find space for this set as they are created to be stackable and save on shelf space.

What We Like:

  • These are beautiful pieces that are perfect for any kitchen theme. They are also easy to match up with other kitchen pieces to complete a full setting.
  • That they are dishwasher safe.
  • The 34-piece set has you ready to set the table for a meal in one affordable boxed set.
  • The chip and break resistance they are created with make it less likely that a couple taps of a bowl or plate against another will break a piece.