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Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?

#1 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » September 22nd, 2020, 8:32 pm

Up until earlier this year, I had been using the Zalto Universal as I find this glass shows riesling quite well and it was in most of the wineries' tasting rooms we visited when in Germany. I then got some Grassl Mineralite glasses to try as part of a BD deal, and though I use them I find myself going back to the Zaltos due to the small size of the Mineralite bowl and because I found this glass to emphasize primarily the mineral notes in the wine, with less fruit expression in young wines. So, a couple questions:

1. What is your go-to glass?
2. Do you change glassware depending on the style of riesling being consumed (dry, off-dry, sweet) or degree of maturity?

Also, if anyone knows what wine glass they were using at the VDP auctions?
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#2 Post by Kris Patten » September 22nd, 2020, 8:38 pm

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#3 Post by Antonio_G » September 22nd, 2020, 9:18 pm

I went through the same with the Grassl Mineralite - couldn't get past the small mouth. Using Gabriel's GGG, wish I had bought more since they have now doubled in price. Zalto never disappoints tho.


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#4 Post by IlkkaL » September 22nd, 2020, 10:13 pm

Zalto Universal. Although to be honest that is my choice for pretty much everything besides Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir and some Chardonnays. I like this glass a lot and generally don't like to play around with different glasses much.
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#5 Post by Jayson Cohen » September 22nd, 2020, 10:25 pm

GGG or old Riedel Vinum Riesling/Chianti or Chardonnay. Regarding the Riedel the slightly smaller opening in the Riesling/Chianti glass gives it a slight edge over the Chardonnay glass. I like Zalto Universal too but don’t own any.

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#6 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » September 22nd, 2020, 10:57 pm

Tricky question.

I can say this: I'm currently having an '01 Auslese and it's showing quite nicely from the Grassl Liberte.
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#7 Post by Robert Dentice » September 22nd, 2020, 11:44 pm

For the most part I use the Zalto Universal. Occasionally if I am drinking a young sweet wine I will try it in a Zalto white wine.
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#8 Post by Martin Zwick » September 22nd, 2020, 11:50 pm

Without any doubt ZALTO Universal. All the Top german estates use it.

I have told this story before. The winemaker Markus Molitor said to me, „ I have asked all relevant glass companies to send me their glass collections to find the best glasses for the estate. Finally, ZALTO Universal was the best“.

Fair to say I totally respect when people prefer other brands. When I had the ZALTO Universal for the first time in my hand and tasted the first Riesling, I immediately knew it is MY glass. Intuition is also important by choosing a wine glass.

Finally, ZALTO glasses are dishwasher safe. I recommend it. You will destroy too many glasses cleaning by hand.

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#9 Post by Martin Zwick » September 23rd, 2020, 12:19 am

P.S. like Robert said the ZALTO White Wine works wonder for young sweet wines or young basic Rieslings in general.

I use ZALTO Universal for 10 years? I would never change. Fair to say the Universal glass pronounce the minerality and this I like.
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#10 Post by adam caldwell » September 23rd, 2020, 12:46 am

Zalto Universal or GGG for me, I lean on Universal more.

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#11 Post by dvansteenderen » September 23rd, 2020, 2:36 am

GGG and at the Auctions they always use the Zwiesel Kristallglas, don't know the name of the actual glass but it is great for Riesling as well!
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#12 Post by Adam Frisch » September 23rd, 2020, 2:48 am

I'm in love with the Rona Malmo 21oz, bought through Kimura. Use them for everything. And they're about half the price of Zalto.


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#13 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » September 23rd, 2020, 4:22 am

Adam Frisch wrote:
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I'm in love with the Rona Malmo 21oz, bought through Kimura. Use them for everything. And they're about half the price of Zalto.



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#14 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 23rd, 2020, 5:06 am

Not sure why, but I have never liked the Zalto Universal.

I currently use the Grassl Mineralite when I am trying to specifically match the glass to the wine. Otherwise I use the Grassl Liberte, as that has become my daily use glass.
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#15 Post by Corey N. » September 23rd, 2020, 5:11 am

Grassl Liberte is my go to glass. I think the Mineralite might be slightly better (for champagne too) do focusing aromas and acidity, but the opening is a bit more narrow than I prefer.
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#16 Post by Martin Zwick » September 23rd, 2020, 6:35 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 5:06 am
Not sure why, but I have never liked the Zalto Universal.

I currently use the Grassl Mineralite when I am trying to specifically match the glass to the wine. Otherwise I use the Grassl Liberte, as that has become my daily use glass.
It’s too stylish for you, David. That’s the reason.

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#17 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 23rd, 2020, 6:52 am

Martin Zwick wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 6:35 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 5:06 am
Not sure why, but I have never liked the Zalto Universal.

I currently use the Grassl Mineralite when I am trying to specifically match the glass to the wine. Otherwise I use the Grassl Liberte, as that has become my daily use glass.
It’s too stylish for you, David. That’s the reason.

No offence, but sometimes people have problems with stylish products.
Well you are dead wrong about that. My concerns are about how off-dry and sweeter wines show in the glass. I have not done the side by side with the Grassl and or the Gabriel Glass. Might have to do that.
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#18 Post by Martin Zwick » September 23rd, 2020, 6:58 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 6:52 am
Martin Zwick wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 6:35 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 5:06 am
Not sure why, but I have never liked the Zalto Universal.

I currently use the Grassl Mineralite when I am trying to specifically match the glass to the wine. Otherwise I use the Grassl Liberte, as that has become my daily use glass.
It’s too stylish for you, David. That’s the reason.

No offence, but sometimes people have problems with stylish products.
Well you are dead wrong about that. My concerns are about how off-dry and sweeter wines show in the glass. I have not done the side by side with the Grassl and or the Gabriel Glass. Might have to do that.
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#19 Post by Nicos Neocleous » September 23rd, 2020, 7:08 am

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#20 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » September 23rd, 2020, 8:17 am

Zalto Universal for dry Riesling including GGs.

On the rare occasions we drink sweets, I like the Riedel Riesling/Chianti like Jayson, as I don't care for the way they show in the Zaltos. I admit that I've have had the Riedels for a long time and use them by default, since I don't own any other real candidates for that job and they do just fine. FWIW, they are also very good for sake.
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#21 Post by J. Rock » September 23rd, 2020, 8:56 am

I use the Grassl Mineralite, but don't have much other high end glasses to compare it to. It feels great in my hand, blasts the aromas up my nose, and provides for a great all around drinking experience. However, I agree that the opening is a bit small (especially for my big nose) and requires me to tilt my head back a bit, but I've gotten used to it and it doesn't ruin the otherwise great experience.
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#22 Post by Y U R A N S » September 23rd, 2020, 11:12 am

I enjoy using Zalto Bordeaux and Giacomo Conterno sensory glass for top GG wines and I like to use GGG or smaller glass for sweeter wines as they warm up in the glass slower and gather the aroma better

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#23 Post by Jayson Cohen » September 23rd, 2020, 1:35 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
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On the rare occasions we drink sweets, I like the Riedel Riesling/Chianti like Jayson, as I don't care for the way they show in the Zaltos. I admit that I've have had the Riedels for a long time and use them by default, since I don't own any other real candidates for that job and they do just fine.
This is exactly me as well until I bought the GGGs a couple years ago. We have the Riedels from our wedding registry in late 1999-early 2000, and I’ll have to figure out what to do when they eventually all break. Still a few left.

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#24 Post by A.Gillette » September 23rd, 2020, 7:34 pm

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#25 Post by Andrew K. » September 23rd, 2020, 7:36 pm

Grassl Mineralite.
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#26 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 » September 24th, 2020, 7:59 am

I've had the same Riedel Vinum Extreme series for like 15 years. They hold up well. The Riesling glass is well contoured and does a good job. Plus the extreme series are huge, holds plenty.
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#27 Post by Paul McCourt » September 24th, 2020, 8:59 am

I like the Zalto universal the best as well, but probably drink more out of plain old Reidel Riesling/zin glasses on an average night.
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#28 Post by maureen nelson » September 24th, 2020, 9:51 am

I must be the only riesling geek on this board that uses an unglamorous glass. I use - well, I don't know who the manufacturer is! I bought them several years ago at a wine shop that I wandered into on 14th St that was holding a tasting with these glasses. I liked them, they were on sale and came in boxes of six and so I bought two boxes.

Just went to look at them and found a small logo - C&S or Chef & Sommerlier. I think they are mostly trade glasses. But I like the shape (about 8" tall altogether, bowl about 4.5" tall and tapering) and the ease at which they fit into my dishwasher. I use them only for casual riesling drinking. I guess if I were drinking something particularly grand, I might use my old (and packed away) Spieglau hand-blown riesling stems, which were long ago discontinued.

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#29 Post by maureen nelson » September 24th, 2020, 10:11 am

Now I've done some looking - the C&S glass I use appears to be discontinued. But I just looked at the Grassl Mineralite (because David said it's what he is using so that's a good rec for me!) and it looks strikingly like the C&S glass I use! Slightly taller.

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#30 Post by Marshall Manning » September 24th, 2020, 11:10 am

I used the Riedel Vinum Riesling for years, but really like the Grassl Liberte for almost all whites.
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#31 Post by Mike Evans » September 24th, 2020, 8:44 pm

GGGs for me.

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