This classically shaped glass was developed for light, fresh,
dry champagnes. It is designed so that the wonderful tingle of
delicate bubbles for which champagne is famous is experienced on
the tip of the tongue.
Professor Claus J. Riedel was the first designer to recognize that the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines are affected by the shape of the glass from which they are consumed. More than 50 years ago he began his pioneering work to create stemware that would match and complement different wines and spirits. In the late 1950s, Riedel started to produce glasses which at that time were a design revolution. Thin-blown, unadorned, reducing the design to its essence: bowl, stem, base. You don't need to be a wine writer, a wine maker or an expert to taste the difference that a Riedel glass can make. Sommeliers is executed in lead crystal, mouth blown in Austria.