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Raise your glass!
10-02-2013, 11:22 AM
Post: #21
RE: Raise your glass!
Glasses, more glasses...

So I just took a vacation to Wyoming and two different times we thought we'd pretend to be fancy hifalutin' folks and visit the bars in the newish Four Seasons in Teton Village. Naturally I ordered whiskies...Scotch (Talisker) the first time and Elmer T. Lee the second night and neither bar had a Glencairn. Really? I went with a champagne flute the first time and succumbed to their choice (an old-fashioned glass) the second time. Neither choice was great but the spirit and the roaring fires made up for that.

(BTW, I got a chance a day earlier in the trip to try the much talked-about "Wyoming Whisky" that just came out. It was ok...a bit youngish at 4 years but great to see a 100% local product. And better still, it was a free sample! Yee haaaaw!)

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01-02-2014, 01:43 PM
Post: #22
RE: Raise your glass!
More seasonal feedback: my wife picked our glasses on New Year's Eve as I opened the Champagne...she chose two "trumpets" instead of the now-common flutes (Of course trumpets are the very tall glasses that start from the base as impossibly narrow tubes and then flare out widely to a trumpet-like opening at the top.) Always a flute man, I wanted to say something but I knew she chose the trumpets because they were pretty. But the Piper-Heidsieck just didn't taste as good as it does in flutes. That toasty, yeasty nose that I knew was present was underplayed because the wide opening of the trumpet spread those delicate notes out too far. As well, when one holds the trumpets one's hand warms up the wine and so the precious bubbles disappear too quickly. (With a flute one holds the base and therefore keeps the warmth away from the wine.)

As always with glasses, it is the way the smells are delivered to the nose that most impact the sense of taste. So tonight when I have "re-runs" of the bottle I will reach for a flute.

Happy New Year to all!

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01-15-2014, 01:15 PM
Post: #23
RE: Raise your glass!
But I can hear you all ask, "Nung, what about non-alcoholic drinks...does the style of glass matter?"

Well I just saw an article (originally in BUSINESS WEEK) about a glass made just for Coca-Cola:

"The original idea for the project came from the Coca-Cola Company, which commissioned Riedel to work on a specially crafted glass for the beverage. The glass, which is "inspired by the iconic curves of the original Coca-Cola contour bottle," is wide at the top, cinched at the waist, then wider again at the bottom, resembling the old soda fountain glasses that once housed Coke in malt shops and luncheonette counters around the country. The cost is $29.90 for two and they will be produced in limited quantity."

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01-18-2014, 05:29 PM
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RE: Raise your glass!
No self respectin hillbilly ever needed a special glass to sip on his moonshine. Just any old Mason Jar will do, but since we around these here parts like to be just a bit more, well, civilized, you really shouldnt use a wine glass to drink Dr Pepper in, but on OTR glass is also a good choice for the morning OJ. Guess it depends on what yer drinking, but generally anything alcoholic should have its own glass.

But I aint paying no $24.99 just to get a special glass to sip Coca Cola in. I'll save my pesos for a Red Solo cup fer that!

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01-20-2014, 09:47 AM
Post: #25
RE: Raise your glass!
I understand!

I have to admit that being a Glass Specialist (i.e., 'weenie') I am tempted. Especially, in the old days when i would return from several days of field work (living in a tent) I would have a celebratory glass of Coke over ice. There was something special about that smell/taste as the little bubbles popped up from the glass.

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