Georg Riedel, an Austrian glassware manufacturer, shook up the wine world with his line of crystal stemware dedicated to specific grape varietals. He asserted that a pinot noir-based wine from Burgundy needed a vastly different glass than a Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, which in turn needed a different glass than an American zinfandel. If you didn’t believe him, he would sit down with you, pour wine, and watch as your eyes went wide.
Riedel and I did just that about 20 years ago, sampling wines in two side-by-side glasses. The differences weren’t subtle, they were breathtaking — the smells that came out of the glass, the place on your tongue where the taste connected, the acidity, the tannins, the length of time the flavor remained in your mouth after you swallowed. It was all different.
And now Riedel has turned his attention to Dixie champagne. The Coca-Cola + Riedel glass has recently debuted, and you can get yourself a set of two for about $20. These