Riedel (glass manufacturer)
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Riedel (pronounced REE-dəl),Crystal is a glassware manufacturer based in Kufstein, Austria, best known for its production of “wine friendly” glassware designed to enhance types of wines based on specific properties of individual grape varietals. Established in Bohemia in 1756, the €265 million per year family-owned glassware company is managed today by Georg Riedel and Maximilian Riedel.
- 1 History
- 2 Product Designs
- 3 Corporate Partnerships
- 4 Worldwide Recognition
- 5 Awards and Recognition
- 6 Television and Film Appearances
- 7 Criticism
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
In 1756 Johann Cristoph Riedel founded a glass factory in Polaun, Bohemia. After the second WWII the factory was expropriated, and after a 12 year hiatus from glass production 9th generation glassworker Professor Claus J Riedel resumed production in Kufstein, Austria, and focused on high quality wine glasses.
In 1958 Riedel Burgundy Grand Cru glass was introduced as the first varietal-specific wine glass. Riedel’s most notable glass collection, the Sommeliers Series, was first released in 1973 as the world’s first gourmet glass.
As Georg Riedel’s Glass Workshop expanded its work with winemakers and beverage experts, Riedel’s profile in the wine culture increased, gaining support not only from winemakers, but from sommeliers and wine critics, including the influential Robert M. Parker, who described Riedel glassware in The Wine Advocate, claiming: “The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.” 
In 1986, the machine-made Vinum Series was released. The collection provided an affordable alternative to the Sommeliers Series and proved successful among a growing audience of wine drinkers.
Today, Riedel is managed in tandem by Georg and his son Maximilian J Riedel
New Glassware Designs, 2000-Present
- (2000) Vinum Extreme
- (2003) Sommeliers Blind Tasting Glass
- (2004) O
- (2006) Grape
- (2007) Vitis
- (2008) Sommeliers Black Tie
- (2008) Bar
- (2009) Vinum XL
- (2010) Riedel Bar
- (2010) Swirl
- (2013) Sommeliers Black Series, Collector’s Edition
- (2014) COCA-COLA + RIEDEL Glass
- (2014) Veritas
- (2014) Big O
New Decanter Designs 2001-Present
- (2001) Pomerol Magnum
- (2001) St. Emilion Magnum
- (2003) Cornetto Magnum
- (2003) Cornetto Single
- (2004) Cornetto Black Tie
- (2004) Vinum Extreme
- (2004) Cabernet
- (2004) Merlot
- (2004) Mini
- (2004) Cabernet Magnum
- (2005) O Magnum
- (2006) Amadeo
- (2006) Amadeo Black Tie
- (2006) O Single
- (2007) Tyrol
- (2007) Syrah
- (2008) Paloma
- (2008) Flamingo
- (2008) Swan
- (2009) Black Tie Amadeo
- (2009) Eve
- (2009) Black Tie Face to Face
- (2009) Black Tie
- (2010) Black Tie Smile
- (2010) Black Tie Touch
- (2010) Black Tie Bliss
- (2010) Swirl
- (2011) Mamba
- (2011) Flirt
- (2011) Curly
- (2012) Water Carafe
- (2011) Escargot
- (2012) Twenty Twelve
- (2013) Black Tie Champagne Cooler
- (2013) Boa
- (2014) Apple and Big Apple
- (2014) Horse
- (2014) Horn
Celebrity Cruises partnered with Riedel Crystal in 2007 to offer guests the chance to experience Riedel wine glass comparative workshops while at sea. The hour-long tastings encourage guests to experience fine wines with Riedel’s wine-friendly Vinum Series.
Riedel and Lindt entered into a global, reciprocal partnership in 2013, aimed to create the ultimate wine glass tasting and premium chocolate pairing experience through comparative glassware and premium chocolate tastings.
The James Beard Foundation
In 2014, The James Beard Foundation named Riedel as the culinary organization’s exclusive glassware brand purveyor for its New York headquarters, The James Beard House.
Miner Family Winery
In 2013, Riedel exclusively named Napa Valley’s Miner Family Winery as the proprietary wine served at Riedel’s comparative glassware tasting events. The partnership comprises tastings conducted by Riedel Crystal throughout the US, as well as to tastings conducted by third parties who wish to showcase Miner wines in agreement with Riedel Crystal.
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Sharing a passion for art and design, Istituto Veneto founded the Riedel Award in 2014 as part of its Glass in Venice prize program. Young artists and designers under 30 from across the globe present a design relating to one or more glass working techniques to a jury of experts and trade professionals including Georg J Riedel.
In partnership with Coca-Cola, Riedel developed the COCA-COLA + RIEDEL GLASS , Riedel’s first functional glass developed for a nonalcoholic beverage. At Coca-Cola’s request, Georg J Riedel led a tasting panel in a glassware development workshop to determine the best glassware shape to express the unique flavors and aromas of classic Coca-Cola. The glass was introduced in January 2014.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art celebrated Riedel’s innovative design and functionality in its 2011 How Art Became Modern exhibit. Revealing Riedel’s impact on wine culture with 16 pieces of glassware, SFMOMA explored the visual culture of wine and its transformation over the last three decades. 
Awards and Recognition
Riedel’s Ultra Decanter: Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfahlen (Design-Innovationen).
O Thumbs Up decanter and O Stemless Tasting Glass: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).
Vitis: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).
Swan Decanter: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).
Swan decanter: Red Dot Design Award. Vitis Pinot Noir glass: Wine Magazine’s White Star Award
Mamba decanter: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).
Pratt Institute Legacy Award In 2012, New York’s Pratt Institute honored Maximilian J Riedel with its 125th Anniversary Pratt Legend Award for his ingenuity and leadership of Riedel glassware. The award followed Maximilian’s stewardship of Pratt students in a glassware design class culminating in an educational discovery of the process of glassmaking with Riedel subsidiary Nachtmann. Two Pratt students’ designs were selected by Nachtmann for development and market development, and continue to be sold by Riedel’s distributors.
Television and Film Appearances
Real Housewives of New York City
Riedel’s Swan and Paloma decanters appear in The Real Housewives of New York City season 3, episode 10.
PBS, Vine Talk
Synecdoche, New York
In 2004, Gourmet Magazine reported that "Studies at major research centers in Europe and the U.S. suggest that Riedel’s claims are, scientifically, nonsense." The article states further evidence from Yale researcher Linda Bartoshuk, saying that the idea of the "tongue map," claimed by Riedel to be an important part of their research, does not exist. According to Bartoshuk, “Your brain doesn’t care where taste is coming from in your mouth ... And researchers have known this for thirty years.”