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.
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.