Get the Wineglass Right for Christmas Featured

As Christmas decorations are starting to pop up, get everything you need to line out the table like a real wine expert.

by LUXOS editorial 26 November 2018

First introduced in the 18th century, bon ton refers to a fashionable, proper way of behaving in society. One of the biggest occasions to demonstrate etiquette is over dinner and, the Christmas meal is one of those moments where to show the best version of yourself. Not only do hosts need to choose the right decorations, menu and wines, but also the proper glasses based on the red wine that will be served.  

Red wines are all about full body aromas that need some time, and air, to be expressed completely. Pouring your exquisite red wine into a decanter, a couple hours before guests arriving, is an essential rule to keep in mind but glasses are no less important to free their fullest expression.

Zalto glasses are the best option, when it comes to beautifully delicate red wine glasses and here we reveal the best three glasses to pair with these exquisite ruby red wines, as well as food.

Zalto Bordeaux glass

BORDEAUX

Zymé, Kairos IGP Veneto rosso 2008 

Enjoy with:
A game or beef stew served with creamy polenta.
Why we love it:
In the heart of Valpolicella, master enologist Celestino Gaspari creates wines from the indigenous grape varieties that are second to none. For example, the red wine cuvée Kairos, which is made from no less than 15 hand-picked varieties of grapes, 11 of them red, 4 white. For 36 months, the wine matures in French oak barrels.
Our tasting notes:
After decanting the 2008 vintage unfolds on the palate with a variety of spicy notes, from nutmeg, through tobacco to cinnamon. Red fruit flavours fill the palate and remain in a long finish.
recommended by Susanne Wess

Nino Negri, Sfursat 2013

Enjoy with:
Venison stew with braised onions.
Why we love it:
The centuries-old vineyards of Valtellina border both Switzerland and South Tyrol. The vines of Nino Negri grow here on steep slopes surrounded by old dry stone walls.
Our tasting notes:
His hand-picked "Nebbiolo Amarone-style" 2013 Sfursat is a deep garnet red in the glass and has a complex bouquet of plum, cloves, cinnamon and pepper. On the palate, it presents a tremendous abundance of fruit, hints of raisins and hazelnut reverberating long and elegantly in the finish.
recommended by Susanne Wess

Ridge Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

 

Enjoy with:
Roast beef or the darkest of chocolates.
Why we love it:
Formerly labelled the Santa Cruz Mountains Estate, this wine is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Our tasting notes:
Dark magenta in colour with a plethora of dark berries and creamy chocolate, this medium-weight wine evidences smooth tannins and a well-balanced acidity. Not overpowering and easily drinkable over the next 15 years.
recommended by Huw Prichard

Chateau Figeac St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Class B 2002

 

Enjoy with:
A nice meal or just as a wine to meditate with.
Why we love it:
For many years surprisingly ignored by the almighty Bordeaux expert Robert Parker, Chateau Figeac is in our opinion one of the most consistent and satisfying wines of St. Emilion.
Our tasting notes:
Ready to drink straight away, but at the same time very storable, the 2002 vintage is now at its best.
recommended by Thomas Hauer 

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Zalto Burgundy glass

BURGUNDY

Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013 DOCG

 

Enjoy with:
Tagliolini and white truffle or game dishes.
Why we love it:
Barolo is for many the "king of wines and the wine of kings.” Damilano Winery's Barolo Cannubi, a Grand Cru from Piedmont’s Langhe region, is one of the finest examples of this wine.
Our tasting notes:
The 2013 vintage convinces with its elegance, body and fruity aromatic notes. It is wonderfully harmonious, with soft tannins, and velvety on the palate.
recommended by Susanne Wess

Hofstätter Barthenau Vigna S.Urbano 2012

Enjoy with:
Game dishes and mild cheeses.
Why we love it:
Harvested from a single vineyard from vines that are up to 65 years old; matured in small oaks casks and then in the bottle. A dark, ruby red in the glass the typical notes of raspberry and sour cherry are followed by hints of vanilla and spice.
Our tasting notes:
Enormously concentrated and complex on the palate, the acidity and dense tannins reveal this wine’s aging potential.
recommended by Huw Prichard

Friedrich Becker Herrenwingert Spätburgunder 2014

Enjoy with:
Veal filet with green pepper or rabbit from the oven with herb sauce and potatoes.
Why we love it:
The time when the vineyards of Friedrich Becker - around the small village of Schweigen, right on the French-German border - was a well-kept secret is long over, because wines like his Spätburgunder Herrwenwingert definitely belong to the crème de la crème of German Pinot Noir.
Our tasting notes:
Juicy cherries go hand in hand with cinnamon, later accompanied by cardamom, pepper and cloves with a hint of smoke. Just great!
recommended by Thomas Hauer

Rocca di Frassinello, Baffonero Maremma Toscana 2014 D.O.C.

Enjoy with:
Veal stew, rabbit with juniper sauce or spicy mature cheese.
Why we love it:
The Rocca di Frassinello winery in Maremma is a collaboration between Domini Castellare di Castellino and Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafitte. In the magnificent cellar, designed by star architect Renzo Piano, the 100% Merlot Baffonero matures for 24 months in new oak barrels.
Our tasting notes:
In the nose, the wine presents with dark fruit notes, hints of vanilla, tobacco and chocolate.
recommended by Antonio De Vitiis

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Zalto Universal Glass

UNIVERSAL 1

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Enjoy with:
Ossobuco – this wine raises the Italian dish from fine to sublime.
Why we love it:
An undiluted Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in small oak barrels for 20 months, with the lots then blended before bottling. A core of red berries and dark cherry, finishing with hints of allspice and cardamom; the tannins do not overpower.
Our tasting notes:
Solid and well-balanced, it is easily drinkable now but also lends itself well to long-term aging.
recommended by Huw Prichard

Penfolds, St. Henri 2013

Enjoy with:
A versatile food companion that is particularly impressive with game dishes and lamb.
Why we love it:
The wine giant Penfolds is world-famous for its monumental "Grange". The St. Henri is something of a counterpoint, also made from very ripe Shiraz grapes - not matured in oak barrels, but very large vats.
Our tasting notes:
In style, it is reminiscent of wines from the northern Rhone, thrilling with complex aromas, unexpected finesse and ripe tannins.
recommended by Jossi Loibl 

Badia a Coltibuono, Cultus Boni Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 D.O.C.G.

Enjoy with:
Ragout of Chianina beef with Pici or wild boar with mushrooms and polenta.
Why we love it:
The history of Chianti began in the 11th century in the the abbey of Badia a Coltibuono. It is at this location that for six generations the winemaking family Giuntini / Stucchi-Prinetti have been producing high-quality wines, which are now organic, from the Sangiovese grape.
Our tasting notes:
The 2015 Cultus Boni Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG is a full, smooth and elegant wine with distinct fruit aromas, balsamic notes and a spicy finish.
recommended by Antonio De Vitiis

 

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