Monday, June 3, 2013

Riedel's Law


Ever wonder what it takes to host a spectacularly successful wine tasting in your home? Me neither. But here it is the first Monday of June, and I'm over at Tim Atkin's blog with some helpful pointers. Beam yourself over and discover Riedel's Law, as well as suggested themes for your next wine tasting. You won't want to miss this Special Edition of HoseMaster of Wine where I do my finest Martha Stewart impression. It's so good I'll probably end up in prison! Feedback on Tim's blog is appreciated, but feel free to comment here as well.

Tim Atkin


13 comments:

Samantha Dugan said...

What about a Natural Wine themed tasting? You could rent a petting zoo and match the fecal matter aroma to the animal is most resembles? I love you!

Ron Washam, HMW said...

My Gorgeous Samantha,
I thought, for a change, I'd write an entire piece without making fun of "natural wine." But I like your idea, but instead of tasting them blind, you would taste them anosmic. (Man, I love that word).

I love you too!

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Always lonely around here when I'm in England...

gabriel jagle said...

loved it. and i am living proof of riedels law - i spend $1 on wine glasses at the goodwill, and i am so skinny that i don't have an ass.

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Gabe,
Wow, that's skinny. So just where are your fingers?

I'm hoping that Riedel's Law becomes part of wine folklore. Cite it as often as possible. Just remember you heard it here first.

gabriel jagle said...

i have to settle for nose and ears. its a disability i live with every day

The Sommeliere said...

Ron, does this mean that I do not have to buy a separate glass for Syrah and Shiraz? Can I use the same glass for Pouilly Fume AND Sauv Blanc?

Some of my students in my wine class at the University of California-Irvine ACTUALLY asked those questions. OK, OK, it was an introductory class, but...

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Marlene Darling,
Did they ask these questions before or after your class, Love?

I made a terrible mistake and drank Syrah out of a Sauvignon Blanc glass. This would have been catastrophic, but I was having goat cheese, and so the wine glass was perfect. It's always best to select the glass to go with your food, then it doesn't matter what wine you put in it, it's a match!

Hey, I want to take one of your classes, Darling! I have this teacher fantasy...

The Sommeliere said...

Syrah out of a Sauvie Blanc glass?
You? On second read, as long as you selected the glass to go with the food,it works! But please don't let the Riedels know about that.

The wine consuming public (aka the
"masses") buys into every silly bit of wine info they hear. I tell my students (early on), buy inexpensive glasses at Cost Plus or Pottery Barn, because the more expensive the glass the faster you will break it and you HONESTLY don't need a different glass for every variety.

But it would be great for you to be my student, big boy! Alternatively, I could be YOUR student...

The Sommeliere said...

This just in! According to Becky Sue Epstein (?) writing in Tasting Panel mag, the Riedel Malbec glass has just arrived! I kid you not.

She sez: "The Riedel Malbec glass was developed in association with Argentine producer Graffigna."

gabriel jagle said...

The Oregon pinot noir glass is a foot tall and holds 750 milliliters. It's like drinking out of a clown's wine glass

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Marlene Darling,
And I heard Riedel is working with both Warner Brothers and a winery in Uruguay developing their new Tannat's All, Folks! Glass.

Gave,
Or it makes you feel like 1WineDoody.

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Make that Gabe...