You wouldn’t be wrong if you first think of wine when you think of Riedel–but well before Riedel introduced the smooth, ample bowls of its varietal specific wine glasses, its focus was turned towards colored crystal and decorative, textured designs.
Call it a renaissance if you will, but definitely don’t call it a comeback. Riedel has always had ornate glassware in its wheelhouse, and this year the Riedel Bar Collection revamps four vintage shapes with elaborate designs for fine spirits served on the rocks or creative cocktails.
The Fire glass has long vertical ridges stretching the length of the glass, refracting light into cocktails in a longdrink or fine spirits in the tumbler. Resembling Riedel’s famed “O” line, the Optical O glasses utilize a centuries-old venetian glass-blowing technique to create ribbed curves that catch light from all angles.
Louis tumblers have architectural relief cuts — made by cuts into the crystal — to create a striking, masculine design. Spey is the most traditional of the new lines, taking classic mid century designs up a notch. Available in tumbler and longdrink.