Not only do Rutherglen’s winemakers produce the world’s most luscious and complex fortified muscat and topaque (muscadelle), they have a unique system of classifying them. There are four levels of quality which loosely correlate with age, but most importantly, style. The older the blended age of these non-vintage wines, the more rich, complex and profound they are in bouquet and flavour.
Wine glass designer par excellence Georg Riedel last week conducted a tasting in Rutherglen in his quest to find a suitable design for a special Rutherglen Muscat glass. A group of wine writers and local winemakers tasted a number of muscats in 14 different Riedel
I’ve always been a fan of Riedel crystal stemware (we can’t really call them wine-glasses, as they’re not glass!), but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s as much about clever marketing as it is beautiful drinking vessels. Riedel pumps out new designs – indeed,
Is the world getting sillier or am I just getting more intolerant? In the past 12 months I’ve been regaled with some of the weirdest decanters and aerating gadgets I’ve ever seen. The Ovarius takes the cake. This is the ugliest decanter I can recall, shaped like an elongated glass teapot. With no lid. The cryptic explanations in the instruction leaflet would make the most dedicated adherents of UFOlogy seem sane.