Nearly every month I go up to Vancouver for lunch at the same restaurant, and nearly every month I come back even more dissatisfied with my Spieglaus. This restaurant (whose owner has one of the most extensive lists in Vancouver) serves all wines in just two styles of Schott Zwiesel. Both are from Schott's titanium-based, extra durable (they say) no-lead crystal line called Top Ten. Now whether or not the manufacturer's claims that the glasses offer superior stain- and etch-resistance, which Spieglau most dismayingly does not, turn out to be true, all that is a bonus because what I've loved about these glasses is that all wines seem to show well in them, no matter the grape, no matter the age.
Here's a view of the line:
Though the line comprehensively offers something for every wine occasion, the glasses used by the restaurant are just two: the light white and the mature red. Sure, some mature whites might show better in a larger bowl, these glasses accentuate fruit and acidity so equally that all whites show very well. Buying these will put an end to my frustration with the Spieglaus where one style punches the fruit in your face and another downplays the fruit almost too severely--it's hard for any white to seem perfectly balanced. Even when it is.
I'm not as unhappy with my red Spieglaus at all but for the etching problem, but once again I need three glasses (burgs and grenaches, young Bordeaux and cab, and older Bordeaux and cab) to address a variety of grapes and maturities. None are a good all-around glass, and I'd even given up thinking that such a thing was either possible or desirable. But lunching my way through 6 or 10 different reds of all stripes has proven, month in and month out, that the Schott mature red is finally that. I'll probably still prefer the burg bowls for young pinots and southern rhones, but I could happily live with this one glass, and instead of buying more Spieglau Bordeauxs which if I had had more time last week I would have done, Friday's lunch convinced me to transition to these instead.
Oh, and about break resistance? Must be true. The gentleman who owns this restaurant owns another, and he told me on Friday that he's been so similarly impressed with the Schotts that he's switching his other restaurant over to them also.
And a final p.s.: overstock.com currently has the Schott mature red on sale for $70 a half dozen with $1 shipping.