It’s the incredibly elegant stemware from Zalto, a boutique glassware maker from Austria. Like Riedel’s Sommelier Series, Zalto stemware features an ultra-thin rim that makes drinking wine a pleasure. They’re also extremely light — and tough enough that you can put them in the dishwasher, something I appreciate after so many mornings spent washing — and drying — a couple dozen wine glasses by hand.
Thomas Keller is using them at the French Laundry and Per Se. They’re on tables at Eleven Madison Park, Bouley and Le Bernadin, too.
They are not cheap but believe me they are worth every penny!
As per Jancis Robinson:
A rather more fanciful reason is evinced for the glasses that have most impressed me recently, from Zalto, with a similarly rather Scandinavian shape. They are designed by ‘the wine priest, Father Denk’ and ‘the bowls are tilted at the angles of 24, 48 and 72 degrees, which are in accordance to the tilt angles of the earth’. Who knew?
Dedicated to producing the very best wine glasses possible, Spiegelau brings “The class of glass” to the marketplace. A member of Riedel Glassworks company, Spiegelau’s unrelenting commitment to excellence combined with its ability to innovate, and still remain accessible, has allowed the company to endure and prosper. Working closely with sommeliers, chefs and consumers, Spiegelau preserves the traditional craft of hand blown glass. Offering the first ever machine-made pulled stem wine glasses, Spiegelau has truly personalized the wine experience, creating sturdy yet fine wine glasses for every taste and need. International presence in the best restaurants, hotels and wine shops is a testament to the glass making success of Spiegelau.
“The Riedel family has never stamped its name on a single bottle of wine. But over the past 50 years, this Austrian clan of master glassmakers has done more to enhance the oenophile’s pleasure than almost any winemaking dynasty”. (Quote: TIME MAGAZINE)
Claus Riedel was the first person in the long history of the glass to design its shape according to the character of the wine. He is thus the inventor of the functional wine glass.
“The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.” (Quote: Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate)