I must confess that do not have the strictest rules and regulations for drinking wine.
The prestigious Georg Riedel came to Mendoza and invited winemakers to participate in a workshop to discover the best glass for our native grapes: Malbec and Torrontes.
The dynamic for both wines was the same. Each of us (there were about 20 participants in each seminar) had our own table with a set of glasses. We had 17 glasses for the Malbec and then 14 glasses for the Torrontes. We began the exercise by filling all these different shaped glasses with the same wine. After the first tasting we had to narrow it down to 8 glasses by voting.
The shape of the rim and size of the bowl can highlight some attributes wonderfully. But also the shape of the glass can expose the wine’s tannins, alcohol or acidity too much, displaying an unbalanced or inexpressive wine.
Then we repeated the same exercise pouring a different Malbec or Torrontes accordingly. We selected 3 glasses, and finally after a very meticulous and hard tasting, we picked the finalist glass for each grape. So, what makes a glass perfect for Malbec? A wide bowl and a
concentrated there. This has the effect of emphasizing the fruit. The glass also helps to integrate the acidity of the wine pleasantly into its floral and fruity flavors. The delivery ensures that the wine does not come into contact with the sourness-sensitive edges of the tongue, but moves on to the back palate to give a final long balanced finish.
To sum up, after all these multiple tastings, we had no doubt that the chosen glasses stood out. They showcased their ability to bring out the optimal aromas, taste and overall expression of our nativeArgentine varietals. But most importantly, we had a fantastic time together -- and that is what really matters when enjoying wine!