Spit Happens #44 – ISO Glasses

In the last issue of Spit Happens I briefly mentioned ISO Glasses. After that post I received a few questions about ISO Glasses. Mainly asking what they are and why you would need them. I guess being around wine educators and students so much made me ignorant of the fact that not everyone knows what they are.

International Standards Organisation or ISO wine glasses are recognized internationally as the standard design for tasting and sensory evaluation for wine professionals and education. They are highly unlikely to break. Exceptionally clear and dishwasher safe ( this is super useful since wine classes will often use 8 to 10 stems per student per class). The glasses are manufactured to exacting standards for height diameter and volume. In my view they also make a perfectly designed glass for travel if you are visiting fellow wine nerds for an evening of study ( yes I call it study) .

The small volume in the ISO glass means the ratio of liquid to air can be maintained with a smaller portion of wine. This in turn allows more samples of wine per bottle. Class size is usually determined by tastes per 750ml bottle.

In my experience the usage of an ISO is limited to trade tastings , educational settings and vertical tastings ( when you are tasting multiple vintages from the same producer). With a larger sample of wine in the glass it’s utility is lessened as it’s more likely to spill. The glass is also pretty good at highlighting flaws like oxidation or TCA ( cork taint). I have had some success with smaller portions of port and sherry from the glass. 60 to 70 ml has been the range best used.

Wine Cellar Depot can supply your restaurant or wine school with ISO glasses. Please contact them at phone 604 278 8275
toll free 866 901 9463 USA and Canada
email info@winecellardepot.com

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Cheers

David Lancelot

Spit Happens #43 – Glasses (why they matter and why they don’t)

I have an on and off love affair with nice wine glasses. Sometimes in the same evening. I love to drink out of nice big glasses and I really enjoy they way they look on a table . It’s very cool to walk into a restaurant for a wine dinner and see all the glassware patiently awaiting their next fill of champagne , wine or any other libation. I’m aware a lot of work goes into setting up for one of these events and have a lot of respect for waitstaff who get them looking spotless and aligned on the table. I also love a nicely set table at home but don’t look forward to the end of the evening with the same fondness I do in a restaurant because I know what awaits me. It is an absolute pain to deal with 30 or more glasses at midnite when you are tired and you have already consumed regrettable amounts of wine and food.
In our house we have learned a few tips to avoid general carnage and breakage.

  1. Refuse all offers by guests to help clean up. Likely they are not in any better shape than you. Any assistance often results in breakage and/or other mayhem.
  2.  Do not attempt to wash them that evening, this also spells disaster. A quick rinse one at a time in the sink should suffice.
  3. Set them aside and wash them in the morning . In our house they get washed one at a time with Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid. And rinsed really really well with hot water.
  4. If the glassware isn’t too precious put them in the dishwasher ( well spaced ) and set it on the delicate cycle. Quick rinse usually isn’t long or hot enough to fully remove the soap residue.

Years ago we went to Australia for a holiday and an unnamed winery in Rutherglen insisted on a fresh glass with every sample of wine . The soap residue was so strong we could barely smell the wine. I often wonder how they sold anything at all. There is a trick to removing the soap aromas from a glass. An on the spot solution ? Pour a small amount of wine into a soapy smelling glass ( maybe 10-15ml ) , slowly rotate the glass in your hand so the liquid rolls over all the interior surfaces of the glass and then dump it out. We call this “burning” a glass. The act of burning should result in a glass with minimal effects of glass washing and a nice experience for your next taste of wine.

Given a choice of a fancy glass that’s a bit stinky and a super clean jam jar I would pick the jam jar every time. I want to smell the wine in my glass not the glass in my wine…

Glassware producers I have been happy with in the past include Riedel , Spigelau or for the ultimate value IKEA is a great solution.

If you are working in a restaurant setting then a call to Wine Cellar Depot for a brand called Stolze is in order. Great price point and excellent durability. Wine Cellar Depot also supplies ISO glasses to many wine educators as well. Stay tuned for a blog post on that in the future as well.

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Thanks for your time.

If you have any feedback we would love to hear from you on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/winecellardepot/ .

Also check out our Houzz Page for design ideas and planning. http://www.houzz.com/pro/winecellardepot/wine-cellar-depot 

Remember Spit Happens, tell your friends, drink great wine and eat great food. Cheers
David Lancelot

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