Robin Garr wrote:Anti-stem radicals argue that simple tumblers are good enough for trattoria and taverna, where wine-loving revelers understand that the purpose of the vessel is nothing more than to convey the precious fluid from bottle to mouth.
Mike Phillips wrote:The O is a beautiful glass and is perfect for use as a water goblet. For wine I think it is absurd! You warm the wine with your hand, you get fingerprints all over the bowel etc etc.
Bill Spohn wrote:
It does have one advantage - in a crowd, it separates the prize pillocks for you without needing them to wear a sign that says "I am a wine twit".
And the 'Impitoyable' version of stemless glass with dents for fingers readily identifies the King of the Pillocks
You have to admit that you don't have this advantage in most areas of activity where you generally have to find the thickies through (often tedious) trial and error.
The only other area I can think of that has readily identifiable twits to be avoided is golf, and the rule is to steer clear of anyone wearing something they should be embarrassed about but clearly are not. Come to think of it, just steering clear of anyone with a golf club is bound to make your life much less enervating.
waltonsh wrote:The bowl is the same, and Riedel have shown us over the years that the shape of the bowl is what makes the difference. The stem is useful in formal wine tasting situations, but otherwise is there purely for aesthetic reasons.
Bob Henrick wrote:Bill, I have a set of the Impitoyables which I almost never use due to their fragility. However I think they are the most critical of tasting glasses ever invented. At least they are the most critical that I have ever tasted from. So, are you calling me a fool, or just stupid? I would appreciate a more complete answer than "if the shoe fits...etc".
Bill Spohn wrote:My post deleted
If you are talking about a sit down tasting where the glasses can really come into their own, I would call you a discerning wine aficionado.
If you insist on strutting around in a walk-about tasting environment as I have seen some people do, with Impitoyable clutched in hand, I'd question whether you were an overly serious taster or just a pretentious twit Partially deleted.
I had a friend that used to carry an Impitoyable around in crowded mass tastings and asked him why he bothered when the surroundings pretty much precluded critical tasting (and as you said, the things are fragile). He said he carried them because the ladies would come over and ask him about his strange glass. I thought about it and concluded that I had finally heard an unanswerable response to the question of whether carrying such glasses at big tastings had any utility!