Dr. Vino’s verdict: one glass to rule them all

zalto universal I think I mentioned previously my regular space over at foodandwine.com called “Dr. Vino’s Verdict.” In the series of short posts, I render judgement on pressing issues of the wine world. I can’t promise the wisdom of Solomon with my verdicts, but I do aim for more than Judge Judy.

Anyhoo, in my post over there this week, I strongly urge you to cut through the marketing clutter that suggests a different glass for each grape variety. Instead, reach for one glass–the Zalto Universal–to elevate your wine drinking experience.

Don’t you think varietal stemware is just a tad overkill?

In related news, not from The Onion, Riedel announced a $20 glass for Coca-Cola this week. But will it work for Diet Coke?

Related: “The urge to splurge
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4 Responses to “Dr. Vino’s verdict: one glass to rule them all”


  1. It now seems silly to have a different glass for each variety of wine, but at one time it made sense. I will always want my champagne glass to look delicate and feminine though.

    I assume that in addition to the expected diet Coca Cola glass there will be subsequent glasses for cherry, vanilla, and lime flavored Coca Colas. If that’s a hit, maybe a caffeine free glass.


  2. I can’t wait to smell and taste the terroir of that coca cola in a a Riedel coke glass!


  3. Doc,

    I find this anecdote “interesting.”

    Over at the Wine Spectator, columnist Matt Kramer’s everyday / all-purpose wine glass is the Riedel Vinum series “Gourmet” glass.

    Link: http://articles.latimes.com/print/1996-11-29/food/fo-4133_1_wine-glass

    Whereas his columnist colleague James Laube’s everyday / all-purpose wine glass is the Schott Zwiesel “Forte” series Tritan Burgundy glass.

    Link: http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/16224

    Both James Laube and Robert Parker use the Impitoyable Le Taster glass for critically reviewing every wine.

    Link: http://www.beveragefactory.com/wine/stemware/peugeot_wineglass/les_impitoyables/le_taster_wine_tasting_glass.shtml?bstr=1

    Part of a portfolio of “specific use” wine glasses:

    http://www.beveragefactory.com/wine/stemware/peugeot_wineglass/les_impitoyables/index.shtml

    YouTube video clip of Parker seen in action in his tasting room:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-nose/

    ~~ Bob


  4. Doc,

    And now giving voice to the debunkers . . . an article from Gourmet magazine on Riedel wine glassware.

    ~~ Bob

    Excerpts from Gourmet “Drinks” Section
    (August 2004, Page 72ff):

    “Shattered Myths;
    Expensive crystal? Coffee mug? Jelly jar?
    Does it really matter what you drink your wine from?”

    Link: http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2004/08/shattered_myths

    [See accompanying sidebar exhibit]

    By Daniel Zwerdling

    This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. This is the moment that’s compelled 13 wine lovers to leave the comfort of home during one of the most dangerous storms of the winter and risk our lives driving through ice and sleet and snow – literally — so we can assemble around a horseshoe table glittering with dozens of crystal wineglasses. We each gently grasp the tapered stem of the glass marked “No. 2, Vinum Montrachet” and raise it expectantly to our lips.

    We’re about to answer a question that’s asked innumerable times in wine stores and upscale restaurants and at our own dinner tables across America: Do glasses really change the way wines taste and smell?


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