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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.

 

 

 

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