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Friday 22 June 2018

Does the world really need another wine glass? Jancis says we do.

Stand aside Riedel, Spiegelau, Schott-Zwiesel and Plumm. World-renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson has decided the world needs yet another wine glass.

Robinson has unveiled her own wine glass, water glass and two decanters in response to what she calls "an everyday frustration".
The 1 Collection includes a single glass that has been designed to offer “the best tasting experience for every wine”, whatever its style or strength.

Robinson told The Drinks Business that she wanted to find a single glass that would work with all styles of wine, but had failed to discover such a product.

“I was looking for the perfect wine glass,” she said.

“I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine,” she added.

“White wines can be just as complex, and just as deserving of what you might call aroma enhancement as reds. It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colours of wine – especially when so many of us are short of storage space.

“On my travels around the world of wine, it has become really noticeable in the last few years that producers of Champagne and other sparkling wines, as well as those making sherry, port and other fortified wines, want their precious liquids to be appreciated in just the same way as table wines.”

Robinson has worked in association with London-based product designer Richard Brendon.

“As someone who wants to make enjoying wine as straightforward and pleasurable as possible, I was insistent on a single glass shape and size,” she said.

Other products in the collection include a bottle-shaped Old Wine Decanter, which has been crafted to allow users to decant
 off the sediment while limiting the wine’s surface area, minimising the risk of oxidation.

There is also a Young Wine Decanter with space for a young wine to be swirled and aerated, accelerating the maturing process and allowing the favours of a younger vintage to develop and mellow in the decanter. The bowl is also large enough to accommodate a magnum.

To complete the collection, there is an accompanying water glass that could be used as a stemless wine glass.

The 1 Collection will be available exclusively at Harrods from July 1, from Hopson Grace in Canada and Neil Bradford Design in Australia.


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