Riedel's Latest Tasting Glass (September 11, 2003)
Riedel, the Austrian crystal glass design company that gave you a range
of glasses for virtually all major wine varieties, has come up with a
new twist. They already have in their cabinet a glass specifically designed
for tasting, but now they've gone even more esoteric with a glass specifically
made for blind tasting.
Actually, it's called the Blind Blind Tasting Glass because it's pitch
black you can't see the colour of the wine, its depth, clarity,
brilliance or effervescence. For the shape, Riedel has chosen their most
versatile bowl Zinfandel/Chianti (the glass shape Georg Riedel
told me he uses most often at home).
The blackness of the glass is created by the addition of manganese oxide,
a small amount of which would colour the glass purple a little
more and it turns black.
The cost? $59 US.