And the funniest press release of the week award goes to:
"The difficulties of decanting a bottle of wine two hours before guests intend to drink it are obvious, since diners are more likely to want to enjoy it immediately after ordering.
But Gary Rhodes and his team at Rhodes Twenty Four have discovered the perfect solution - Breathable Glass™, making their restaurant the first in the UK to offer instantly oxygenated wine. When restaurant manager Ludovic Bargibant came across the Eisch-made goblet, which allows glass to breathe and, therefore, the wine to oxygenate, he decided to test it out on Gary and his sommelier Yves
Desmaris [pictured left with one of the glasses].
In a blind taste test using two wine glasses - one breathable, one regular - Yves and Gary noticed a far better bouquet and more flavour in the breathable glass.
Ludovic commented: “Restaurants always need to be forward thinking to stay ahead of the game. So I am always looking to embrace new technology within the industry. Diners who come to Rhodes Twenty Four expect the best quality possible even if they are short of time. Using breathable glasses at the restaurant has turned around our service, particularly at lunch times when people are in a hurry.”
The head wine waiter usually has to allow two hours before serving a decanted wine but in these glasses the wine’s aromas develop so it reaches its optimum in just four minutes. Yves has tested the new glass on various wines and found that it works best with older wines, in particular reds like Pinot Noir or chardonnay, as it brings out the flavour almost immediately.
Yves said: "Since we started using the breathable wine glasses we have noticed real enthusiasm from diners. Previously it would take up to 2 hours to decanter and air an old wine before serving. With the breathable glasses, customers can order the finest wine and enjoy the full aroma and bouquet within minutes."
Glass Company Eisch discovered the concept of allowing glass to breathe after five years of research. The resulting new generation of goblets come in a range of different styles but are in keeping with the design standards of a top quality restaurant like Rhodes Twenty Four."