A great class for young Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and other racy aromatics. Also good for young Chablis, as well as lighter-bodied reds. If you are familiar with the popular Riedel Riesling/Sangiovese glass, this would be your closest match. This glass can also be used for sherries, some sparkling wine and spirits. It can work perfectly well as a general glass for both whites and reds.
We are proud to offer the Zalto “Denk-Art” wine glasses: mouth-blown Austrian glasses of a quality we have never before encountered. These remarkably beautiful glasses are made from led-free crystal which results in a surreal lightness and a surprising durability. They rarely cloud despite repeated dishwasher usage and they are very flexible (the secret to their surprising strength). These are not simply objets d’art to be admired from a distance but are also very functional glasses that can be used every day. From the moment you pick one of these glasses up, the beauty, the finesse and the balance of the glass in the hand speaks of the quality of the craftsmanship and the lead-free crystal from which they are made. They are wonderful glasses to taste from as they were designed specifically for this purpose by Austrian wine expert, Hans Denk, who started with a vision to produce the ultimate wine tasting glasses. Denk is one of Austria’s most revered wine tasters.
When designing the glasses Denk came upon the idea of utilising the same angles of the tilt of the earth’s axis which resulted in a range of glasses that were not only strikingly original to look at but also allowed a very wide bowl width, in turn enabling optimum surface space for a particular style of wine. The angular shape of the glasses also means that if a Zalto glass is knocked over, it tends to hit the strongest part of the glass first. Interestingly, these angles were used by the Romans to design food storage vessels as it enabled produce to stay fresher for longer periods and to taste better. We cannot verify whether or not the Romans got this right (although let’s agree that they tended to get more things of this nature right than wrong), however, we can say that the glasses that were inspired by this claim are truly brilliant in both form and function!
In December 2009 Stern magazine of Germany, conducted what we agree was the most comprehensive and independent testing thus far of the world’s finest wine stemware. They invited all of the most important quality glassware producers (Orrefors, Riedel, Zwiesel, Lobmeyr, etc.) to submit their finest glasses and they also invited them to join the professional judging panel which subsequently included key representatives from all of the glassware producers (including George Riedel himself). The testing was in ‘blind’ conditions with judges blindfolded and wearing gloves. The whole exercise was overseen by a high magistrate that had taken time from the bench in order to ensure the proceedings were fair and balanced. The judges tasted three wines out of ten different glasses and the results were conclusive: 1. Zalto glasses came first in all three wine style categories. 2. The top nine glasses were mouth-blown, reaffirming the general view that machine made glasses don’t compare and 3. All top nine glasses were produced from lead-free crystal! Read the article here. It was a remarkably comprehensive result for Zalto and one that has been borne out by our own 12 month trials in Australian conditions. We recommend these beautiful glasses, carafes and decanters to you without reservation. They are certainly the finest glassware that we have encountered.