Please contact us for details on our extensive Riedel selection for both retailers and restaurants. If you have not experienced the influence this stemware can have on wines, let us step you through an introduction to Riedel Glassware.
As wine professionals, we are always concerned about presenting wine the best possible way. It is well known in the wine world that choice of stemware is one of the most important factors in showing wine at its finest, and we are proud to be the Minnesota distributors for the best stemware in the world: Riedel.
“The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.”
– Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate
“The Riedel family has never stamped its name on a single bottle of wine. But over the past 50 years, this Austrian clan of master glassmakers has done more to enhance the oenophile’s pleasure than almost any winemaking dynasty”.
From the Riedel website:
“Professor Claus J. Riedel was the first designer to recognize that the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines are affected by the shape of the glass from which they are drunk.
Fifty years ago he began his pioneering work to create stemware that would match and complement different wines and spirits. In the late 1950s, Riedel started to produce glasses which at that time were a design revolution. Thin-blown, unadorned, reducing the design to its essence: Bowl, stem, base.
Working with experienced tasters, Riedel discovered that wine enjoyed from his glasses showed more depth and better balance than when served in other glasses. Claus J. Riedel laid the groundwork for stemware which was functional as well as beautiful, and made according to the Bauhaus design principle: form follows function.
In 1961 a revolutionary concept was introduced, when the Riedel catalogue featured the first line of wine glasses created in different sizes and shapes. Before this, conventional stemware had used a single basic bowl shape, with only the size varying depending on use.
The concept was illustrated to perfection with the introduction of the Sommeliers series in 1973, which achieved worldwide recognition. A glass was born that turns a sip into a celebration – a wine’s best friend – fine-tuned to match the grape! We invite you to share this fascinating and unique experience.
You don’t need to be a wine writer, a wine maker or an expert to taste the difference that a Riedel glass can make.”
If you are a retailer or restaurant in Minnesota and would like to purchase these wines, please contact us for more information.
If you are a consumer outside of Minnesota, these wines and hundreds more are readily available to you through local Minnesota retailers. Let us know the wine you are after and we will let you know who has carried it in the past twelve months.