5/13/10 5/12/10 Photo Gallery: Riedel Glass Wine Tasting May 12, 2010 by Food I Want More! Get our newsletter by tapping the button below. Instant Subscribe Getting ready for the Riedel tasting. Filled glasses. From left to right, the Riedel Vitis Montrachet/Chardonnay glass, Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc glass, Cabernet glass, and Pinot Noir glass. The Riedel Vitis glass designed for Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc allowed our German Riesling to hit the tip of the palate first, registering diesel notes on the nose, as well as qualities of lychee, herbs, and honey. From left to right, the Vitis Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc glass, Vitis Montrachet glass, and a stout table glass. Without sufficient room for the wine to breathe in the table glass, the Riesling tasted metallic, subdued, and one-dimensional. We tried the Riesling in a plastic cup. It had no aroma whatsoever. "This you will need in the morning instead of coffee!" Maximilian exclaimed after his first taste. Riedel's Chardonnay/Montrachet Vitis glass. Note the difference in shape of the Montrachet/Chardonnay glass (left) versus the Pinot Noir glass (right). Note the difference in shape of the Cabernet glass (left) versus the Pinot Noir glass (right). Our four glasses, ready to be tasted. In a blind tasting, we compared two glasses of Sangiovese that tasted completely different. They turned out to the exact same one — only one had been decanted. Maximilian Riedel led the discussion. The Vitis glasses also produce a picturesque, hurricane-like swirl. We transferred each wine from one glass to another, noting the way it changed in aroma and taste. The Riedel Pinot Noir glass can tilt to a perfect 90-degree angle. This allowed the young, tight Santa Maria wine we tasted to loosen up.