A Sommelier's Take on the Supposedly Perfect Glassby Courtney Cochran
As a little girl I believed that, really truly, Cinderella's glass slipper was made just for her. Not only had she gone through all that heartache and pain before finally getting her chance with the prince, she had such a perfectly tiny foot it seemed like destiny that she'd wind up not only wearing the shoe, but wed to the dashing guy.
Fast forward about 20-some years to last night, when I found myself seated
in a comfy conference room at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco, thinking
not so much of fairy tale princesses as fairy tale stemware. I was assembled
there with more than a dozen wine journalists, all gazing skeptically at
a very dapper Austrian dude at the front of the room.
Although not exactly a prince, Georg Riedel is most definitely cut of an elegant mold. The current head of his family's renowned Austrian glassmaking firm, Riedel was there in his fancy suit and clipped accent to tell us all how, really truly, wine tastes better when it's served in his Sommelier series glasses. Only this time he had a much tougher audience than Cinderella's impressionable four-year-olds!