The shape of any wine glass affects the taste of the wine drunk from it. Your tongue can distinguish five distinct tastes and your nose can differentiate between 10 000 different smells. The speed and concentration that the aroma of wine is delivered to the nose and the way the wine is spread on the tongue dramatically affects the drinkers enjoyment. It is not a myth or suggestion, it is pure science. Around Wine only offers wine glasses that bring out the best in wine.
A couple of good tips are to buy glasses that you can afford to break and buy a glass roughly equal to the value of your bottle of wine.
Many people are prepared to spend a considerable sum on a bottle but then do not do it justice with an appropriate glass. What is the point in drinking fine wine yet not enjoying it at its best. Around Wine stocks glasses at every price point to suit every budget.
Zalto is a favourite at Around Wine and in our opinion the best wine glass producer in the world. Specialising in durable, non-lead mouth blown crystal, the balance, and weight of the glass means that the vessel almost disappears. The expression of flavour from these glasses is second to none.
Riedel discovered the fact that the shape of the glass affects flavour and are one of the most famous wine glass producers in the world with one of the largest ranges. Over 90% of Riedel's production is machine made, a good proportion of which is leaded crystal.
Schott-Zwiesel are a large international glass maker specialising in a wide range of styles and price points of very durable glass. The Schott brand covers machine made glass and the Zwiesel name refers to mouth blown glass. All the glass is non-lead crystal.
Spiegelau was acquired by Riedel in 2008 and continues to produce affordable stylish wine glasses and decanters in a range of styles and prices. The beer glasses are a speciality.
Stolzle is a very large producer of non-lead crystal glass, both machine made and mouth blown at very affordable prices.