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Wine Tasting with Riedel | Why Shape Matters

Discover why the shape of your wine glass matters!
Do you believe that the shape of your wine glass can significantly change the taste and flavour you experience when drinking wine? The following blog post will explain why wine glass shape REALLY DOES MATTER! If you don't trust us, trust Riedel - an Austrian company that is the leader in the wine glass world for OVER 250 YEARS! Yes, that's no typo...


Since 1756, Riedel Crystal has been an innovator in the world of glassware. Riedel has recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of Claus Riedel's development of varietal-specific glassware, for which they were the winner of numerous international design awards. Claus Riedel was the first person in the long family lineage to design a wine glass shape specific to the character of the wine that it is being used for. Each Riedel glass shape differs from one another depending on the wine variety for which it is designed.

Riedel Good Design Award Winner

Why does the shape of a wine glass matter? Stemware consists of 3 parts; the bowl, stem and base. The height of the stem and the width of the base are part of glass design known as glass architecture. Grape varietal specific stemware features finely-tuned glass bowls consisting of 3 variables; shape, size and rim diameter. Grape varietal specific stemware has to translate the "message" of wine to the human senses...

Why Shape Matters | Riedel

Until the 1980's Bradshaws was primarily selling crystal candlesticks by Riedel, not wine glasses. But upon meeting George Riedel, Claus' son, they were convinced of these merits and toured the family's crystal factory in Austria. The Wreford family attended tastings with the Riedel family and tasted the difference for themselves. Bradshaws now has one of the most extensive selections of RIEDEL stemware in Canada.



In 2011, eleventh generation Austrian glass maker Maximilian J. Riedel hosted a special tasting event along side Bradshaws at the (the former) Church Restaurant in Stratford, Ontario. It was such a success that we are doing it again! On April 2nd we invite you to join Riedel Crystal’s Brand Ambassador, Stewart Risto, for an unparalled evening of wine exploration in the stunning Revival House Restaurant. Discover how the shape of your wine glass can truly enhance its’ flavour or detract from your enjoyment. Experience four top quality wines in four varietal specific Riedel Veritas stems that are yours to keep at the end of this fascinating seminar. A three course prix fixe meal curated by Chef Byron Hallett will be served following the wine tasting. Order your tickets here and read the poster below for more details.

Click here to get tickets to the Riedel WineTasting Event on April 2nd 2016