This past Saturday as part of Food & Wine’s HARVEST Festival, Riedel Crystal hosted a wine Salon experience to challenge the notion that all wine tastes the same in any vessel.

The Riedel Challenge took place at the beautiful new Hotel Indigo in Riverhead, Long Island and was limited to an exclusive mix of wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts.  Getting started with a white flight including Chardonnay and Riesling, attendees poured the samples from glass to glass in order to distinguish the difference between each type of stemware.  It was incredible how each taste was entirely unique from the last!



The theory behind the design of Riedel’s crystal is that the glass affects the aroma, taste and harmony of a wine from the glass to the taster’s palate. Starting with the shape of the bowl and paying special attention to the design of the rim, Riedel creates a different piece to complement nearly every wine in existence.

Participants were able to take home their 4-glass tasting set from one of Riedel’s most popular series, the Vinum XL.  Another of their best selling glasses is “O to Go” (stemless and comes with its own lightweight case) because it is easy to tote around for those who appreciate the quality of the glass in their winery tours.  Now that is dedication!

Moving from the white flight to the Pinot Noir/Cabernet tastings, guests enjoyed the interesting tips and tricks shared by Julianna from Riedel, who taught us that a proper toast is made by clinking the bellies of the glasses at an angle.  After her two hour presentation, we were joined by Maximilian Riedel (CEO of Riedel Crystal of America) for a private reception featuring more North Fork local wines and complementing cheeses.



The HARVEST Festival is a wine auction and celebration of Long Island’s East End.  Presented by FOOD & WINE, all auction items benefit East End Hospice, Group for the East End and Peconic Land Trust.

Cheers to a great HARVEST season,