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Wine lovers, mark your calendar. On Thursday, May 30th, Napa Valley’s Miner Family Winery is hosting a very special enological event. Featured will be Georg Riedel of the internationally-renowned Riedel Glass Company, who will lead an educational sensory experience focused on “how a Riedel glass can change the perception and enjoyment of fine wines.”
Riedel Glass Company produces wine glasses that are each designed to showcase the specific personality of a particular varietal wine. Riedel’s motto is “the content commands the shape,” and each of the company’s glasses has a different bowl shape and size, and distinct style of rim.
If you’ve never stopped to consider which wine glass might be most appropriate for whatever wine you may be pouring, this seminar promises to be a real epiphany for you. Participants are led through the reasoning behind Riedel’s different-shaped glasses, and then a tasting is conducted.
Simply put, each grape varietal is different - and therefore, some wines are fruitier than others, some are more acidic, others have higher alcohol, milder or greater “minerality,” or an abundance (or lack) of tannins. In order for consumers to optimally enjoy a particular wine, reasons Riedel, it must be delivered to the palate - by the glass - in the correct “flow pattern” to the correspondingly optimal sections of the tongue (tip, sides, center and back) that detect sweetness, bitterness, sourness and saltiness.
Riedel maintains that, if the wine is delivered correctly to the palate (via the “right” wine glass), it should taste fabulous; if it’s delivered by the “wrong” glass, it will taste yucky. And this is exactly what happens in a Riedel seminar – newly-educated participants will leave the event vowing to never again use the wrong-shaped glass when pouring wine.
The seminar costs $175 per person (which includes a complimentary 3-glass set from the company’s “Sommeliers series”) and is offered from 4:30 pm to 6:00pm. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.
For more information and to secure a spot, contact Miner Family Winery’s hospitality manager Mandi Ackerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.