Thursday, August 4, 2011

THE TASTING GLASS


The Tasting Glass

A friend thought of me when she was browsing at the Goodwill store and came across a wine tasting glass which was selling for a dollar.  She thought it looked sort of strange, but bet a dollar on the notion that I would find some use for it.

As it turned out, it’s a genuine Peugeot Les Impitoyables Le Taster crystal wine tasting glass.  It’s made of very thin glass and features a dimple each in the base and side with which the taster can hold the glass in a delicate and most unusual manner.  The glass retails online for around $40.

Personally, I’d rather spend a lot of money on wine than wine glasses.  It seems the more wine money you spend on glasses, the less wine you’ll be likely to put in the glass - or less expensive wine, at least.  The  Peugeot and Riedel companies will disagree with me on that point, I’m sure, as they design and craft a number of different glasses intended to maximize the pleasure of wine and spirits.

Does the glass actually work?  Does it actually give a better wine tasting experience?  It does seem to help aerate the wine and allow any excess alcohol to blow off quickly.  It’s a little difficult to drink from it, though, with its narrow mouth.  I splash a little in for tasting purposes, then drink the rest from a glass I’m more comfortable using.

Is it worth $40?  I can’t agree with that, but at one dollar, it’s a steal.


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