Important hints for glass use
Spiegelau stemware is being used in many famous restaurants and hotels and occasionally international wine tastings. In order to guarantee maximum pleasure when tasting wine, it is important to consider the following professional hints, which we hope you will fi nd of interest.
What do we mean by "functional" glasses?
Spiegelau wine glasses are specially designed in collaboration with some of the world´s most respected sommeliers as well as owners of some of the world´s finest restaurants. In all aspects – shape, height, diameter of the bowl, etc. – Spiegelau glasses are crafted to deliver wine at its best for the greatest possible enjoyment. Each glass´s shape and size has been created with extreme attention to detail to fully enhance the character and bouquet of the wine.
Beverages and glasses
1. Filling the glass
Fill the glass only to the widest diameter of its bowl. This will ensure maximum development of the wine´s bouquet, and also provide the most elegant table setting.
2. Holding the glass
The appropriately filled glass should always be held by the stem rather than the bowl, as heat from the hand could raise the wine‘s temperature above its optimum and negatively infl uence the bouquet of the wine.
3. Swirling the glass
Carefully swirling the glass allows oxygen into the wine by increasing its surface area and helps release the wine´s rich, mature aroma.
4. Why and how to decant wines
To decant wine means to transfer it from its bottle to a decanter or carafe before drinking. During storage or aging, wine can develop a solid deposit or sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Decanting is an easy means of separating the sediment from the wine. Decanting also helps the wine breathe, as the greater surface diameter of the decanter lets more oxygen reach the wine than the bottle‘s does. Red wines should be decanted well before serving and allowed to rest at room temperature for up to one hour to allow the wine to fully develop its bouquet.
5. Wine temperature
Before decanting and/or serving wine, please store it at appropriate temperature (red wines at 59-63 degrees F, 15°-17° C, white wines at 50-54 degrees F, 10°-12° C). The proper serving temperature enhances the quality of the wine by allowing it to fully develop its characteristic aromas and flavors.
6. Washing the glass
Glasses should always be washed carefully, preferably by hand. Because of our Platinum Glass all Spiegelau glasses are 100% dishwasher safe, but they are best cared for by avoiding harsh detergents and choosing a cool, short dishwashing cycle. To avoid detergent residue, rinse glasses thoroughly in clean water. When drying the bowl of the glass, avoid holding the glass by its stem or base as this can, in extreme cases, cause the stem to break at its narrowest point.