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Engineering the Perfect Glass for Wine: A Riedel Wine Glass Workshop

Calling all engineers, entrepreneurs, and lovers of design for a wine tasting like no other.


Date: Tuesday, June 21st
Time: 6:00pm–7:30pm
Location: University Club, 800 Powell Street, San Francisco
Cost: Member: $55, Non-Member: $75 (Includes wine, light hors d'oeuvres, and a complimentary set of Riedel stemware.)

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It's a constant back and forth of form vs. function (or one might say design vs. engineering).  One thing is for sure: to make a successful product in today's market, one must have these two things in good balance.

Come participate in a Riedel Wine Glass Workshop and experience first-hand the extraordinary way that the shape of glass affects the flavor and perception of wine. The Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley (DAASV) has organized this exciting event and generously opened it up to the Yale Club of San Francisco. Join us with Austrian crystal manufacturer Riedel – recognized worldwide for designing and engineering finely tuned drinking instruments for every level of wine sophistication – as we experience wine in a truly unique way, and from one of the world's most entrepreneurial families.

Coming all the way from Austria, Georg Riedel himself will conduct this fascinating, hour-long seminar that includes the opportunity to savor three different varietals – Hartford Court Land's Edge Pinot Noir, Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, and Yangarra Estate Shiraz McLarenvale – all in their matching Riedel stemware.

Enjoy this extraordinary tasting of superb wines and receive a complimentary set of three Vinum XL Red Wine Glasses (valued at $120) to take home with you, compliments of Riedel, the DAASV, and YCSF.

Georg Riedel
As president and the 10th generation of this entrepreneurial glassmaking dynasty, George Riedel founded this wine glass workshop in 1980 as a research and development venture in which he works with leading spirits, wine experts, and producers to develop new glassware forms to best enhance the experience of drinking all alcoholic beverages.

From his work in the Glass Workshop, Georg realized the value of learning from winemakers to strengthen his family's product and also saw in them the opportunity to legitimize Riedel's claim that its varietal-specific glassware was the best for all wine consumption. He soon forged relationships with leading winemakers, including Robert Mondavi and Angelo Gaja, who not only helped guide his own technical research but were also among Riedel's early contemporary supporters, demanding that their wines be served only in Riedel glasses.

Imparting his own stamp on the successful Sommeliers series, Georg updated the collection in 1986 with the introduction of the benchmark Vinum line. With the Vinum line, Georg engineered the first varietal-specific glassware, which permitted Riedel to share its glassware with the greater consumer market. This innovation and mastery of wine and design allow connoisseurs worldwide to enjoy wines in fine, pleasure-maximizing vessels.

RSVP REQUIRED: To aid in the planning of this event, RSVP by June 14th. RSVPs received after June 14th are welcome but must pay an additional $10 administration fee.

Questions? Contact Ken Yamaguchi (ken [at] yamasci.com).

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