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Riedel Crystal presents grape specific range

Riedel, the 300 year-old family business, continues to revolutionise glassware for the enjoyment of wine with its new grape varietal specific collection – the Veritas Series – being launched at the London Wine Fair (June 2-4) and at Kingly Court during London Wine Week (June 2-8).

Georg Riedel (owner of Riedel Crystal) says he challenged his Weiden factory chief engineer Franz Schmid and his technicians to execute in lead crystal the finest and lightest machine blown glasses ever made.

The Weiden factory in Bavaria, Germany, and one of four manufacturing plants owned by Riedel Crystal, was briefed that, not only should the Veritas range be visually stunning and a delight to hold, but should also be price competitive against hand made products from low cost manufacturing countries.

The result is Veritas. A glass collection 15% taller than Vinum (Riedel's first machine made line introduced 1986) but 25% lighter and finer, while maintaining dishwasher safety, break resistance and being suitable for long term daily use at home or stressful on premise service.

Georg Riedel, tenth generation glassmaker, says about his latest creation: "Veritas combines the charm of a handmade glass with the consistent accuracy only a machine made glass can achieve."

The Veritas bowls are based on the DNA of grape varietals which differentiate each other by the skin thickness and colour, the amount of tannins, sugar content, intensity of acidity and minerality.

Veritas bowls are wine tools, fine tuned in workshops, with the experience of three generations and with wine knowledge acquired over 60 years. The series includes Riedel’s signature varietal-­specific shapes, with glasses for Cabernet Sauvignon, Old World Pinot Noir, New World Pinot Noir, Old World Syrah, New World Shiraz, Chardonnay, Riesling and Viognier/Chardonnay.

Veritas will launch in the UK this June at the London Wine Fair and London Wine Week where Riedel will be the official glassware sponsor.

The range will be sold via www.riedel.co.uk and through Riedel’s retail network in boxes of two glasses.

31 May 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor