For 250 years, the Riedel family has been creating high quality crystal and
glassware. More than 30 years ago, Claus Riedel discovered that design elements
such as the shape and size of the bowl, and diameter of the rim, would affect
the bouquet and flavour of the wine, and set about creating specific glasses for
each wine variety.
Decanting older wines moments before serving increases their clarity and
brilliance, by reducing sediment. Younger wines benefit from decanting a few
hours before serving, which allows them to mature in flavour and bouquet.