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I recently had the opportunity to obtain and review the “one for all” universal wine glass from Gabriel-Glas. I received both the StandArt (machine-molded) and Gold Edition (mouth-blown) versions. They are lead-free crystal and are made in Austria. The design of these wine glasses is meant to concentrate and enhance the aromas and flavors of the wine by using a bowl shape and size that complements every style of wine made. That’s right! Red, white, dry, sweet, sparkling, etc. This glass was built to complement them all. Now, let’s get to the juicy part, the review.
Each of these glasses are of the same design, but there are subtle differences between the StandArt version and the Gold Edition. The glasses are lightweight and feel marvelous in the hand, although the Gold edition has a thinner bowl/stem and weighs less than its sibling. I tasted both red and white wines in each version and the aromatics and flavors of all the wines were well pronounced, so I can say the shape of the two glasses does an effective job at concentrating the wine properly.
My personal thoughts on the Gabriel-Glas “one for all” universal wine glass:
1) I appreciate the seductive shape and feel of the glass. The stem is a good length to comfortably hold, and although thin and fragile in appearance, these bad boys do seem to be built well.
2) The glasses do a sound job of concentrating aromas and flavors to the top of the glass, as stated by the manufacturer.
3) The price of each version is reasonable and competitive for a high quality Austrian made, lead-free crystal wine glass.
1) The one thing I find slightly undesirable about this glass is that I noticed a loss in some of the deeper notes both in flavors and aromas with red and white wines. There is something about the design of the bowl that releases the top end nuances of the wine and dampens some of the deeper components. Keep in mind this is my nose and palate, so your mileage may vary, as they say. I came to this conclusion by comparing the same wines both in the Gabriel-Glas and in a Luigi Bormioli standard wine glass. I detected more delicate aromas and flavors in the Gabriel-Glas, and detected deeper, rich, and concentrated notes with the Luigi Bormioli, which sports the more standard “Bordeaux” style bowl.
Retail price at time of review:
StandArt edition: $29.00
Gold Edition: $55.00
At the end of the day I would absolutely recommend these wine glasses. They are well engineered and they feel astonishing in the hand. Plus, they are designed to offer a “one size fits all” wine glass you can use for any wine, any day of the week.
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