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When I was putting together the registry for my wedding, one of the things I put the least amount of time into was wine glasses. This was before my WSET Level 1 wine test and before we bought our house, so I suppose both my knowledge as well as available shelf space were both limiting factors. Circumstances changed rather quickly, and now, not only did I join a tasting group, I also have more wine parties than I would have guessed. As such, it has been important to have cohesive and unique wine glasses for our get togethers. The ones I am crazy about are my hand blown, Swiss-made Grassl glasses.
What Makes Grassl Unique Wine Glasses?
As soon as you pick up one of the Vigneron Series of glasses from Grassl, you’ll immediately notice something: these glasses are feather light. I’m serious. They’re so light that at my most recent blind wine tasting at home, one of my guests assumed his glass was plastic and shattered it in his hand. Grassl glasses have a delicateness that is hard to put into words without actually getting your hands on a set. Words that my wine tasting group used to describe the glasses were: elegant, sophisticated, game-changing, and stunning.
Don’t take my word on it; check out this video showing the different weights of four different wine glasses.
Using Grassl Glasses has Improved my Wine Tasting
Bold statement, I know, but it’s true! The structure of Grassl glasses allows for better aroma flow from the cup to your nose. I’m not spinning yarn here. My tasting group did a side-by-side comparison of the same wine in Grassl vs. competitor glasses. The complexity and differentiation of scents was much more pronounced in the Grassl glass, right from the start. For example, we were doing a blind tasting of some Italian red wines. With the standard glass, the fruit notes were the only thing that you could really get within the first five minutes in the glass. With the Grassl glass, oak notes, oregano, tomato and tobacco were immediately recognizable. I also use my Grassl glasses whenever I’m doing grid tastings, like with The Federalist Wine.
Do You Need New, Unique Wine Glasses that Will Impress Your Guests?
Look, a good, unique wine glass is one of the first things that I notice at a restaurant or dinner party. Is the glass comfortable in my hand? Does it stand up well when placed on a tablecloth? Is the bowl to opening ratio aesthetically pleasing? All of those are fine and dandy, but what I really care about is strengthening my wine education. For me, that is smelling and tasting better. This can’t be replicated with any glasses I have other than the Grassl glass.
Interested in your own set? Visit Ivy Grapes for more info and don’t forget to use coupon code JS10 for 10% off your purchases.
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