I've done significant research on this and here is what I have found:

The extreme glasses are perfectly designed and work well for Syrah only with Viognier blended in that are between 1 - 3 years after the vintage. The difference between the glasses with these wines is dramatic and Riedel's researchers should be commended for designing a glass that directs the wine to the precise taste receptors intended by the vigneron. My understanding is that the scantily clad chicksa rolling around on the new Riedel ads were part of the scientific research team that created the Extreme Series.
Shane -

I am a sarcastic, jaded, aweful man. I was joking and do not buy into the whole "If this restaurant doesn't have Riedel I'm leaving" mentality. Get me a thin rimmed, large glass for swirling and sniffing, regardless of brand and I'm happy. I have also been known to enjoy wines from mix-n-match tumblers with friends in Italy. If I ever respond to a thread about Riedel, I'm being a wise a$$.

Does anybody remember my story about the new Riedel "Jackass Stems?"
I like the O glasses.

I have the Cabernet glasses cause my favorites are Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc and Bordeaux style Meritage blends. I also like Syrah but I am not so sure I would be able to tell the difference. I need to pick up the some Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc glasses though.
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Originally posted by smithy:
Cool

Riedel have just released a range for Restuarants called "restaurant Range"

Prices are stunning, so we will be using their Restuarant Magnum glass for our cellardoor tasting glass.

magnigicent!

Cheers
Smithy


This line has been around here in the States for a couple of years at the least. These glasses are very inexpensive but far less "elegant" as the rest of the Ridel line. They make good every day glasses and are dishwasher safe. If you break one you will not break the bank. I understand they are not available to the general public, but if you get close to a Restaurant owner he can get them for you.
Just got the Vinum Chardonnay glasses for my B-day and will (probably, fingers crossed) be getting the Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux glasses for Christmas. Being new to this, I am wondering whether the shape/size of the glass truly makes that much of a difference. IOW, is drinking red in a Chardonay glass that much of a faux pas?
IMHO, the Cabernet Extreme are the best Cabernet/Bordeaux glass available. I have compared them to the Reidel Sommolier, widely accepted as the best, and found the extreme do a better job. They are large enough, very well balanced, so they are comfortable to handle, and so a better job of focusing the aromas.

IMHO, the extreme is a refinement of the Sommolier at a vinum price. They are my everday glass.

I break less than one a year, another common complaint about the glass.
joe
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Originally posted by eswrite:
Just got the Vinum Chardonnay glasses for my B-day and will (probably, fingers crossed) be getting the Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux glasses for Christmas. Being new to this, I am wondering whether the shape/size of the glass truly makes that much of a difference. IOW, is drinking red in a Chardonay glass that much of a faux pas?


My wife and I were lucky enought to attend a seminar given by George Ridel himself a couple of years ago. It cost $75 per person to attend, but then each guest got a boxed "tasting kit" made up of one each of the Sommeliers series Bordeaux Grand Cru,Burgnady Grand Cru and Montrachet glasses. Each of these glasses alone was almost worth the cost of the seminar.

One of the test he did was to serve the wines in the proper glasses and them to serve them is improper glasses, ie the reds in the white Burgandy glass. It was amazing how much better the wines tasted in the right glass. Even a good Bordeaux tasted many times better in the Bordeaux glass then it did in the Burgandy glass.

Mr. Riedel however is somethng of a glass Nazi. During the tasting one of the guest picked up his Bordeaux glass Brandy sniffter style (holding the bowl not the stem) and Mr. Riedel called him out right in front of the whole group. He says that is why the stems are so long and elegant to keep body heat away from the wines. I wonder just what he thinks about the stemless series they now make. This was the invention of his son.

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