Welcome to Vine to Wine this is your host Linda Moran. Today we are answering a question from email. A listener writes “Whatever happened to those wine glasses without a stem, I don’t see them or hear about them much anymore?”
For centuries, the Europeans, have served wine quite unpretentiously out of a tumbler style of wine glass. A few years back it was the new craze! We heard sommeliers from famous restaurants being interviewed and congratulated for taking wine to a more casual and less pretentious place. You see - Riedel, the famous German wine glass producer, has always led the industry in creating pomp and circumstance around the wine glass. They claim to be the first to recognize that wine tastes differently depending upon the size, shape and thickness of the glass it is served in. A notion that I buy into. Riedel created the stemless series of wine glasses. It is a beautifully engineered bowl of a wine glass designed after another of Reidels glass series minus the stem. The glasses are slightly flattened on the exterior of the bottom. They come in different sizes and shapes tailored to the wine intended to be drunk. I lost my affinity for them because every time you picked it up your fingerprints were left behind and then the glass looked smudged and well less than desirable. I have no answer to why they seem to have fallen from favor I just have theories … sorry, and thanks for joining me on today’s Vine to Wine.