Who knew? The shape of a wine-glass can dramatically affect the taste of wine. I knew that the glass could add to the appreciation of wine, but had no idea it actually changed the smell and taste. This all changed last night when I attended a wine-tasting event at Lord's Cricket Ground, hosted by Georg Riedel, of the wonderful (and pricey) Riedel glasses fame.
The first activity of the evening was to try the bottled mineral water, first straight from the bottle, and then from each of the glasses, to see and feel the experience of the water hitting the different parts of the tongue. Quite extraordinary - I'd never have thought that the shape of a glass could have an impact on the enjoyment of a glass of water! Glass 1 was a Pinot Noir glass, and the water hit the front of the tongue. Glass 2 was a Syrah glass, and the water flowed around the mouth pretty well. Glass 3, the biggest, was a Cabernet glass, and the water hit the back of the tongue.
Obviously we then tasted the wine out of each glass and the taste matched the aromas - delicious out of Glass 1, okay in Glass 2 and rather unpleasant and acidic in Glass 3.
At the end of the talk the man himself offered the decanted wine to a few willing participants, and came over to our table to do the honours, so I was able to get a closer look at this amusing man, and capture the looks of awe at drinking wine specially shaken by this man on the faces of some of the guests.