A GLASS ABOVE

Wine glasses have long been proven to el­e­vate the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of fine wine, and now you have two wor­thy new op­tions for your grand crus.

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The Jan­cis Robinson col­lec­tion of­fers just one single stemmed Wine Glass – a re­sound­ing vote for the univer­sal glass con­cept com­ing from the doyenne of wine writ­ing. The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween prod­uct de­signer Richard Bren­don and Mas­ter of Wine Robinson sees a mouth-blown, lead-free crys­tal glass with a tulip-shaped bowl that suits ev­ery wine, from bub­bles to for­ti­fied styles and young or old still wines ($124 for 2). What is par­tic­u­larly strik­ing is the re­fine­ment of the shape and seam­less­ness of the ta­pered rim, mak­ing the mo­tion of bring­ing wine to your lips a sheer delight. For those who wish to de­clut­ter their cabi­nets, this all-in­one glass is able to with­stand dish­washer use as well. The col­lec­tion also in­cludes a stem­less Wa­ter Glass ($88 for 2, with the same di­men­sions as the wine glass), and two de­canters for old and young wines. The gen­er­ously sized Young Wine De­canter ($175) can hold up to a mag­num, with am­ple space for swirling and aer­at­ing, while the Old Wine De­canter ($215) has a slen­der bot­tle shape to de­cant sed­i­ment and limit the wine’s sur­face area. Avail­able in Sin­ga­pore from weaw­ines.com.sg

“Weight­less” is one of the most sur­pris­ing el­e­ments about Grassl’s Vi­gneron wine glasses. These mouth­blown lead-free crys­tal glasses are gos­samer thin, from the rim to the stem, but prove to have ten­sile strength thanks to the crafts­man­ship. Founder and de­signer Alexan­der Mackh was dis­sat­is­fied with the univer­sal and spe­cial­ist glasses in the mar­ket in 2018, and de­cided to com­bine his wish list of fea­tures into a range of glass­ware. The re­sult was a cult hit, de­spite be­ing a new brand in an al­ready es­tab­lished mar­ket. From the range, 1855 and Cru ($69 each) are ideal for full-bod­ied and del­i­cate single va­ri­etal reds re­spec­tively, while Min­er­al­ité and Lib­erté ($59 each) are pur­posed for crisp/sparkling and oaky whites re­spec­tively. Lib­erté comes closes to be­ing a univer­sal glass, al­though it re­ally pays off to have the right wine in the ap­pro­pri­ate glass to ex­pe­ri­ence more nu­ances. There’s also an ev­ery­day range of mouth­blown El­e­men­tal glasses, which distributo­r finewines.com.sg may be able to or­der for you. Pur­chase any five glasses and re­ceive the sixth free.

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