Getting the most from your wine (Part 2)

Having now sorted out the temperature issue, we can now take a look at glasses or stemware as some of the more pricey manufacturers call their products.

For the past 15 years or so I have been a big fan of the Riedel Vinum range which is their mid market offering. If you go on their website you will see they seem to have a specific shaped glass for each major grape variety.

As you can see from the photo above  I have settled upon two of their range. The bordeaux for reds and the chardonnay for whites and this suits my pocket and my available storage.

Irrespective of the manufacturer you choose, I think you need to look for a red wine glass with a larger bowl so you can swill it around and this definitely adds to the bouquet. For the white, a smaller more narrow bowl to concentrate the flavours. Relatively thin glass is also beneficial.

Overall you are looking to enhance the smell, taste and visual aspect of your wine and there is no doubt in my mind that good glasses are a very worthwhile investment. If you don’t believe me, watch this youtube clip below. I hope I am not too much like him although we do reach a similar conclusion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_QnOO_xS4

The big problem is washing these beauties. In the early days I probably smashed one a month which is an expensive habit. So having learnt from this, we bought a special basket that sits in your dish washing machine so you can stack them safely. We collect all the glasses over the course of a weekend and wash them all in one go.

The final pointer from me is DO NOT attempt to wash if you are a bit tipsy as this WILL result in breakages.

Next time, a wine I just like to say the name of…..

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About Man et Vin

I am a 47 year old living in Nottingham. Maybe, like me, you have become disillusioned by the quality and variety of most wine that is sold in the UK. I am not anti supermarket or wine store but there must be more out there. Please join me on my journey to find decent good value wine. At the same time I want to find out more about storage, availablity and discover some of the lesser known wine growing areas. I have nothing to do with the wine industry, as it happens I am a middle manager in a financial services company.
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