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At Meritage Collection, it is no secret we love wine.No, like we really love wine.That is why we put a bottle of Trinitas Cellars Wines from Napa Valley in every single room (only for those 21 or older to enjoy, of course). So it’s no surprise that our passion for wine has us exploring all aspects of the art of the grape and why we reached out to our friends at Riedel to get the dish, or, in this case, glass, on glassware.

In fact, our friends at Riedel are co-hosting a wine glasses class on Thursday May 28th, from 5:30PM to 6:30PM PST, in partnership with Trinitas Cellars so you can learn from the experts about the importance of stemware and the proper pour. You will not only get a chance to put your taste buds to the test, but also acquire a professional Riedel glass set at an extraordinary value. Click here to learn more about this unforgettable experience and limited time offer.

In the meantime, below are some tips and tricks to whet your appetite.

AROMAS

Did you know that 70% of flavor comes from aroma? That’s why food tastes so bland when you have a blocked nose. Wine aroma can be generally broken up into four categories: fruit and floral; earth and spice; oak (or tannin); and alcohol. When you put your nose deep into a wine glass and smell, the wine should offer different aromatic characters that create one harmonious expression – just like all the instruments in an orchestra. An incorrectly shaped glass will distort the aroma profile, like a drum that plays off beat or an out of tune violin.

SIZE MATTERS

As well as enveloping aroma, the size and shape of your glass will affect how the wine is directed onto and delivered across your palate. This is based on the rim diameter, curve of the lip, and how far you need to tip your head back to drink. With a RIEDEL Varietal-Specific Glass, you’re using a product that has been tried and tested by some of the world’s greatest wine experts, to ensure it’s the perfect loudspeaker for both aroma and flavor.

THE POUR

Ok, we are guilty of the over pour, but our friends at Riedel say, maybe that’s not a good idea. We already know that each glass you choose for your wine should be sized specifically with space for wine aromas, so they say make sure your glass is never filled right to the top and recommend you only pour to the widest point in the bowl.

WHERE TO BEGIN

If you’re starting a collection and trying to decide what types of wine glasses to buy, we recommend picking a few shapes based on your favorite varieties of wine. Whether that means you have a collection of only white wine glasses, or only red wines glasses, or a couple of each, our rule is to never compromise on the wines you love!

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