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Riedel Vinum Wine Glasses: Vinum XL & Vinum Extreme

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 5:21:36 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

For almost 300 years Riedel has been recognized for their elite line of glassware. Their fine crystal stemware has become synonymous with quality and elegance. Riedel VinumFrom founder Johann Christoph Riedel to the current corporate head Georg J. Riedel and his son Maximillian, Riedel has always been a family run operation and on the cutting edge of the glassware industry. But what is it about Riedel that sets them apart from all other wine glass producers?
In 1986, Riedel (pronounced like needle with an R) unveiled their revolutionary Vinum line of stemware. This became the first line of machine-made glasses in history to be based on the characteristics of each specific grape variety. Through years of testing by professional wine tasters, Riedel discovered that the shape of the glass significantly affected and enhanced the aromas and flavors associated with specific grape varieties. This is why a Riedel Cabernet Sauvignon glass is designed to direct the wine to the center of the tongue in order to accentuate their fruit and tannic nature whereas Riedel Pinot Noir glasses direct the wine to the tip of the tongue to highlight the fruit while balancing the acidity. This thought process and execution is applied to every glass in each of their several lines of stemware.

Riedel Vinum Standard round bowl Size: 8-7/8″H, 21-1/2 oz. $49.95 On Sale From $59

To keep up with the trend in “New World” wines, Riedel developed their Vinum Extreme line in 2000. Riedel Vinum ExtremeThe new design was intended to highlight the concentrated fruit and intense structure many of these New World wines display. The sleek lines and angles also seem to appeal to the younger generation of wine drinkers that are attracted to this style of wine. Like the Classic Vinum line, these stems are thinly cut and executed in lead crystal. The small amount of lead is utilized to help open up the wine allowing it to display its bouquet and aromas almost immediately upon swirling the wine in the glass.

Riedel Vinum Extreme Round bowl with angular shape Size: 9-3/4″H x 2-6/8″ Dia., 28-1/4 oz. $59.95 On Sale From $69.95

The Vinum XL line is what Riedel considers the perfect line of stemware for the new generation of wine and wine enthusiasts. It was designed for the big, bold and concentrated wines that are so prevalent in the wine marketplace today. The bigger the wine is, the bigger the glass needs to be and Riedel has accommodated those consumers who enjoy both their wines and glassware big, bold and sexy.Riedel Vinum XL

Riedel  Vinum XL Large, dramatic round bowl Size: 10-1/2″H, 33-7/8 oz. $59.95 On Sale From $69.95

Every Riedel Vinum glass has a thin lip, an elegant feel and over 300 years of innovation and design setting them apart from every other glassware company in the marketplace today.  Riedel Vinum vs. Riedel Vinum Extreme vs. Riedel Vinum XL? You can’t lose with these fine glasses, backed by centuries of experience.

Cheers to that! Do you own any Riedel glasses? Share your experience in the comments!

How To Save Summer Herbs for a Winter Cocktail

Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 11:21:37 AM
by Jacqueline S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Summer is one of the best seasons for fresh ingredients. However, once the Winter chill is upon us it’s easy to start missing those aromatics. One of my favorite ways to battle these blues is to make simple syrup from herbs in the Summer and freeze it for cooking and cocktails during the Winter.

I always have leftover basil and lemon-thyme from perusing farmers’ markets in my flip flops as they’re my favorite Summer scents. It’s great chopped and frozen into ice cubes or to make the below simple syrup. Once it’s prepared and sealed you can forget about it in the back of your freezer until the snow falls. Add a few drops to Prosecco for a refreshing Aperitif or even pour it over a snow ball for an icy treat to bring back memories of lush gardens in July.

What are your favorite Summer herbs? Tell us in the comments below!

Basil/Lemon-Thyme Syrup


  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Cups Demerara Sugar (Sugar Cane Extract) or Brown Sugar
  • 3 Fresh Lemon-Thyme Sprigs
  • 3 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 Lemon Peel
  • Plastic Tupperware


  1. Bruise herbs with the back of a wooden spoon to release oil.
  2. Bring all ingredients less the sugar to a boil in a small pot.
  3. Once bubbling stir in sugar until it is completely dissolved.
  4. Take off the heat and let cool.
  5. Pour contents through a sieve and into tupperware. Wipe rim to avoid stickiness from the syrup and store in freezer.
  6. Forget about it.

For more information on farmer’s market cocktails check out our Farm-to-Table Cocktails piece from the August issue of the magazine.

Products That Tell Your Wine, “I Love You”!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 4:00:12 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

With Valentine’s Day only weeks away, it’s the perfect time of year to appreciate the people (and wine!) we love. No doubt we will all be opening a special bottle on the 14th, but I’d like to highlight some of the products that will heighten your love of wine all year round.

Here are some personal favorites. Which wine gadgets and wine accessories do you own that tell your wine, “I Love You!”?

Label Savers – One of our all-time best sellers, label savers are a quick and easy way to make lasting memories from a special bottle.  Sold in sets of 10, these nifty laminators work by separating the front printed surface from the adhesive back of the label.

Cork Kits – Another classic product, we have offered cork kits in all shapes and sizes from coasters to barrel hoops for decades. And with our new heart-shaped option, there is truly love in the air!

Riedel Black Tie Bliss Decanter – An elegant wine decanter is the perfect way to let your wine breathe. Your love of wine is perfectly represented in Riedel’s unique design with its heart-shaped cutout which also serves as a pouring assistant!

Eurocave – One of the most infinitely rewarding wine investments you can make, a Eurocave will cradle and protect your wine for years to come. Show your collection some appreciation with the world’s finest wine cellars, crafted in France.

WineHug Self-Inflating Protective Travel Pouch – If you love your wine, the last thing you want is for it to fall victim to the bumps and bruises of travel! The WineHug acts as a life jacket for your wine, so you can take it with you everywhere you go!

Good Wine Glasses – Wine needs to express itself and the best way to do that is with the proper stemware. Our Fusion line is not only beautiful , but break-resistant! Your beloved bottles will be at their best in these glasses.

Bathtub Wine Bottle Chiller – Your wine gets to relax as it chills in our whimsical bathtub wine chiller. White wine lovers, this one is for you!

An Aerator – Whether a finer, a breather or a funnel suits you, aerators allow your wine to mix and mingle with the air around it! Improved aromatics and softer tannins will be the end result. Your wine will thank you!

BYOG? Bringing Your Own Glassware to Restaurants, Now Celebrity-Approved!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 12:04:26 PM
by Jacqueline S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Dining out and bringing wine is a common habit for some.  Whether a special night and a reserved bottle or a casual weeknight out – bringing your own wine has many perks. We have discussed BYO etiquette in the past in our our Five Golden Rules of Bringing Your Own Wine. But those who think of cost-cutting as #1 where BYO is concerned might be amazed to see celebrities in the mix.

Photo Credit: NY Post

This past week the media has been buzzing about a new BYO trend started by the singularly named icon – Madonna. Last week Madonna was spotted at a restaurant with her current boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, in New York City. A celebrity sighting like this, though exciting to some, doesn’t usually make its way into the wine blogosphere…until now. Madonna’s main squeeze was not all the mega pop star arrived with – she also came with a bottle of wine and glassware in tow.

Though BYOB is common, BYOG  is an entirely new take on the trend! Perhaps Madonna has something here! When bringing that special bottle out it can be a disappointment when the waiter clunks down a sad looking footed-cup.  The vessel can make or break a wine experience. Proper glassware is key to wine enjoyment.
Wine-for-Two Bottle and Stem Tote  
One of my favorite products for a BYOG night– is the Wine-for-Two Bottle & Stem Tote. This all-in-one bag can hold two bottles of wine, two beautiful stems and all the gear you’ll need to pop the cork! For your stems we recommend the Fusion Classic Chardonnay for their durability, versatility, size and elegance. We’re not positive that Madonna actually used this ingenious tote and stemware for her BYOG dinner, but we’re certain it is material-girl-approved!
Have you ever brought glassware to a restaurant? Have you ever wished you had? Tell us in the comments below!

Do Spirits Need Their Own Glassware, Like Wine Does?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 1:10:05 PM
by Marshall T., Wine Enthusiast Companies

There are a number of variables that factor into the enjoyment of wine and spirits which may be different for each individual. For some it may be associated with a favorite meal, for others it may have more to do with the company in which it is being consumed. Regardless of when or where you choose to enjoy your favorite libation, using the proper stemware made specifically for that style can truly enhance the experience.Ridel VinumSingle Malt Scotch Glass

Most members of the wine community are aware of all the different varietal glasses (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, etc) and how the shapes and sizes bring about the aromas and flavors specific to those wines. What you may not realize is the same dynamic goes for spirits and their glassware. Let’s take Whiskey for example look at the standard Single Malt Scotch Glass.

First and foremost, the glass should have a tulip shape. The purpose of this is to concentrate all the aromas towards the top of the glass, whereas in a tumbler they settle more in the middle or even towards the bottom. In fact, some Whiskey aficionados will argue that a brandy snifter should be used to intensify this effect, however if your sense of smell is a bit sensitive this may not be the best idea.

Just like wine, the aromas and color will offer much insight to the whiskey’s quality and style. So the shape and clarity of the glass both play pivotal roles in exhibiting the spirit in its truest form. The glass should also allow the spirit to reach all parts of the tongue so that you can distinguish between the different aspects as well as appreciate the mouthfeel, or weight, of the whiskey.Glencairn Whiskey

The bottom line is this… all spirits have their own specific glassware for a reason. Otherwise we could all drink every beverage from a plain old water glass! So if you are looking to intensify your tasting experience the next time you indulge, sip your favorite drink from its proper glassware. It just may open your senses as to why true connoisseurs are such a proponent of this practice.

PolyCarbonate Glasses: A Warm-Weather ‘Must’

Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 3:16:41 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

PolyCarbonate Glasses

As the weather heats up, outdoor entertaining and BBQ’s are on the mind. For a successful party, it is crucial to be armed with casual, elegant glassware that will impress your guests and avoid headaches for you! Shattered glassware on an outdoor patio is never fun to clean up. For this reason, we are excited to offer our new, Unbreakable PolyCarbonate Stemware. These glasses are crafted from a sturdy polycarbonate material which is unbreakable yet thin enough to be elegant. We offer them in varietal-enhancing shapes like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet , Champagne and more. These are the stems you cannot live without this season! We put the polycarbonate stems to the test in our video demo, check it out here:

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We Stand Behind Fusion Stemware: The World’s Most Break-Resistant Glasses

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 10:43:18 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Fusion ClassicIn these trying economic times, the last thing anybody wants to do is re-purchase broken wine glasses because you knocked one over and broke it. When you purchase a vessel for your wines, you want it to be elegant and long lasting. Our popular line of Fusion stemware certainly fits that bill. The glasses are so elegant in their design, that they’re often mistaken for more expensive brands. Yet the glasses are so strong, they can handle any knockdowns by clumsy guests. We even recommend that you put them in the dishwasher. Fusion is European crystal fused with super-strong magnesium to form a durable, lightweight, graceful wine glass.  As we say, Fusion is truly “science meets sophistication.”

Fusion Infinity

We’ve always been proud of our Fusion line, but with our new 10-Year Limited Warranty, we have something to stand behind.

We promise that if you purchase our Fusion stemware and it breaks within 10 years, we’ll replace it for free, you just take care of shipping and handling. In the unlikely event that this occurs, we have a Fusion Hotline, waiting to assist you at 800.648.6058.

Are you tired of broken glasses? We hear your frustration! Leave a comment, and fill us in!

Decanter Cleaning Made Easy

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 at 4:50:42 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Massimo RoosterSo you’re ready to take your wine enjoyment to the next level and experience all of the benefits of decanting like a more full aromatic bouquet and a softer glass of wine. You’ve seen many elegant decanters in all shapes and sizes like the Riedel Amadeo and even wild Massimo Lunardon animal decanters. As beautiful as these are, you may be wondering: “How in the heck do I clean one of those?
Luckily we offer a wide variety of cleaning accessories that are catered to specific decanter shapes. We have long cleaning brushes and beads that soak up red wine from the deepest decanter crevices and drying stands that prevent water spots. Here’s how they work:

The Simplicity of Stemless Wine Glasses

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 10:41:01 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

As we move into the Summer months when outdoor entertaining is commonplace, stemless wine glasses are everywhere. These casual tumblers place the wine directly in your hand. Oddly enough, the popularity of stemless wine glasses is recent, with people adopting them wildly over the past few years.

A Little Clarity on Wine Glasses

Monday, March 31st, 2008 at 12:13:19 PM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Each wine has something unique to offer your senses. Most wine glasses are specifically shaped to accentuate those defining characteristics, directing wine to key areas of the tongue and nose where they can be fully enjoyed. While wine can be savored in any glass, a glass designed for a specific wine type helps you to better experience its nuances.