jamie goode's wine blog

Friday, June 30, 2006

This made me grin:
"Gary Rhodes' city-based restaurant, Rhodes Twenty Four, is set to be the first UK restaurant to introduce 'breathable' wine glasses and we'd like you to join us for a sneak preview. Located in Tower42 and launched in 2003, Rhodes Twenty Four leads the way in promoting the best of British cuisine; the UK launch of the breathable glasses is another fresh taste for the London dining scene. Created by Eisch, Germany, breathable glass allows the wine to - you've guessed it - breath. Increasing the oxygen releases the bouquet and full flavours of the wine within a few minutes - no need to let it stand for 2 hours after decanting. Come and join us at Rhodes Twenty Fourfor an exclusive tasting session with master sommelier Yves Desmaris."

The power of suggestion is strong: I'd love to do a blind, triangular taste test of these breathable glasses. I suspect the session with Yves will not be blind, and that many journalists will really see a difference.


At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Stephen Alley said...

I don't understand these 'breathable' glasses work?

On the webiste they say it is all down to the glass, but they don't go into it. In the FAQ section they say :

Does Breathable Glass change the chemistry of wine?
There is no change at all in the wine, such as for example ionisation or a change of the pH-value. Only the natural decanting process is accelerated.

Surely, oxidation changes the chemical makeup of the wine, otherwise it wouldn't taste different. Maybe they need a little dose of wine science.

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I'm guessing that the breathable glass is made of a synthetic material that allows the diffusion of oxygen (plastics allow oxygen to diffuse, for example).

Oxygen does change the chemistry of wine - you are correct.

The reason I am sceptical about these glasses is that a glass of wine that has been poured will have already received a substantial dose of oxygen - it may well be saturated - and the oxidation reactions will be proceeding no matter what the glass is made of (the surface of the wine will be exposed, too...)

At 5:57 AM, Blogger billn said...

but isn't that a picture of a Riedel(?)

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

It looks like a Riedel, but it isn't

At 2:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

new glasses from excellent friends this holiday season! Croker starr cab Napa Valley 2004 gave a great comparison. Very Big and Bold wine and breathable glasses along side my favorite Ridels. The side by side was amazing!! Yes they did it. Wow!! Mars must be next! The wine would normally take 2 hours - but in mins - excellent - the other glass comparrison did not open up even when all the wine was gone. Check it out and let me know. steve skithelake@gmail.com

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