Riedel didn’t seek the help of California Pinot Noir vintners when this outstanding glass was produced a number of years ago; in fact, it was the Oregonian vintners that curried favor. The result was this monolithic glass—in every tasting room we had the privilege of entering on our trip last year.
A monster bowl for swirling, a tapered rim that creates the perfect chimney action for sniffs, the thinnest of crystal for a great mouthfeel, exceptional balance, and the best part: it’s American wine that inspired it. How we went this long without them, I don’t know, but when I arrived home from work today my very own set was waiting for me—a Christmas present from Carey that had been delayed en route (or perhaps delayed in ordering). Either way, I’m thrilled to pour something into ’em.
[Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glasses.]
I started looking through old pictures from our trip and put together a brief photographic retrospective, based on appearances of the le verre:
[Dinner with our friends Chris and Christine at Farm to Fork.]
[Shani pouring at Lange Estate Winery the night of the Brian Doyle reading.]
[Inside the cellars at Willamette Valley Vineyards.]
[Rob and winemaker Michael Lundeen tasting at Genius Loci.]