By Sergi Castro, sommelier
During the days stuck at home, many of you have taken an interest in the various blog posts and live broadcasts those of us in the wine world have been doing. You’ve recreated recipes from top chefs. You’ve gotten creative with cocktails and baking. You’ve even made your own bread!
Today, I’m going to suggest a remarkable and easy-to-organize tasting so you can test the theory that the vessel is just as important as the liquid.
Many of you will have heard about wine glass tastings. Specialist companies such as the well-known Riedel have dozens of glasses and cups for every variety, appellation, and type of drink you can imagine. Glassware no longer just consists of a water glass and glasses for Cava, red and white wines… these days the combinations are nearly endless!
You’re probably wondering if it’s really worth it or whether it’s just a bunch of nonsense. Well, I can assure you that doing a glass tasting is one of the most incredible experiences there is!
Hey! Put your credit card away; you don’t need to buy super-specialist glassware for the idea in today’s post. For those of you who think that what they say about glasses is just a load of garbage, just try the experience I’m suggesting here, and you’ll see that the container has a direct impact on the perception of the content.
All you need at hand is:
- A bottle of wine that you like (at the optimal serving temperature)
- A bottle of water (still, room-temperature mineral water is best, not chilled in the fridge)
- A plastic cup
- A porcelain bowl
- A glass cup
- A couple of wine glasses in different sizes (white wine and red wine glasses, for example)
That’s it. You don’t need anything else! Start by tasting the water in each of the glasses you’ve gotten out. You’ll see that this element, which we define as colorless, odorless, and tasteless, has a different “taste” depending on the vessel you drink it from. To me, the difference between the glass and porcelain is very noticeable.
Next, do the same thing with the wine. Now is when it really starts to get interesting! And we’re not doing anything apart from changing the vessel. The contents are the same, the temperature is the same… Here you have the proof that every liquid needs its own specific vessel, and that some good, fine glass wine glasses, which you can find easily without breaking the bank, will help you enjoy the wine even more.
Now that you’ve seen for yourself how important the vessel is in the perception of the wine, the next step is to go a little further and taste it using different specialized glasses. You’ll find that it’s a real experience!
Keep an eye out because at Jean Leon we’ll be giving you more details soon😉
Sergi Castro, sommelier