a unique ohio wine sampling experience

Do you think the glass you use to enjoy your wine makes a difference?

On August 5, Maximillian Riedel will be in our area to  sample Ohio wines and to demonstrate exactly how his family’s stemware provides an exceptional tasting experience vis a vis ‘regular’ wine glasses.

Riedel, as you may know, has been in the glass business for 300 years. Maximillian is the 11th-generation Austrian crystal maker keeping the family business intact. 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 drunk.  Fifty years ago, he began pioneering work to create stemware that would match and complement different wines.  In the late 1950’s, Riedel started to produce glasses that were a design revolution.  Thin-blown, unadorned, reducing the design to its essence:  bowl, stem, and base.

Working with experienced tasters, Riedel discovered that wine enjoyed from his glasses showed more depth and better balance than when served in other glasses.  According to Robert M. Parker, Jr. of The Wine Advocate, “The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel.  The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound.  I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.”

If you are into wine,  now you have the opportunity to learn  first-hand why exactly there is a difference and participate in a tasting conducted by a member of this iconic family featuring wines selected by the Riedel team. Wines to be sampled include: 2007 Grand River Valley Reserve Chardonnay from Debonne’ Vineyards in Madison, 2008 Grand River Valley Gewürztraminer from Ferrante Winery in Geneva, 2008 Grand River Valley Pinot Noir Select from St. Joseph Vineyard in Thompson and from Dover, Breitenbach Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

The event will take place at Quail Hollow and include a cheese sampling and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, each guest will receive a set of Riedel glasses, valued at $125. The event is from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and costs $95 per person. There are a limited amount of seats available.

This Riedel event launches Vintage Ohio weekend at Lake Farmpark August 6 – 7. Cleveland Foodie readers can get special discounted tickets to Vintage Ohio by using code 2010CLFD.

This post was sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association.