I’ve been doing an experiment for a while for my own benefit. I may have been taken in by the marketing at LWF many years ago but the glass demonstration grabbed me and I started buying Riedel vinum to match different wines. Nothing really wrong with that in any eventuality if you have the space for them, but I started getting annoyed with the number of different glasses I had accumulated and bought some Riedel Magnums which I have been slowly testing against each vinum glass as appropriate.
My main conclusions are:
- Yes, I can percieve a difference in how the wine smells and tastes using different glasses. However;
- The differences are not great, and I’m not convinced they make the wine taste better, just that the different shapes can emphasise slightly different things.
So I’ve decided that I can ditch the range, and stick with Riedel magnum for reds, and Riedel vinum chardonnay/viognier for whites. Works for me at least, and keeps it simple.
The only potential exception is for red Burgundy, I do think the balloon shape helps here so I’m keeping one for the rare occasions I drink it.