January 31, 2011
How to match the right wine with the 'perfect glassware'

By Allen Pierleoni

Does the "correct glassware" really affect the characteristics of different types of wines? The experts say yes. After all, the bubbles in champagne won't work their magic if that sparkling wine is served in anything but a flute.

If you really want the subtleties of matching the appropriate glasses with certain wines, consider attending a seminar on Tuesday. It's sponsored by the 300-year-old Riedel wine glass company of Austria. Leading it will be 11th-generation glassmaker Maximilian Riedel, who's flying in from New York City to "demonstrate the remarkable difference in glassware by pairing the correct wine with the perfect glassware" (

The wines will be from the Delta region, courtesy of Bogle, Wilson Vineyards, Heringer Estates and Lange Twins. The paired foods will be from Chris Jackson Catering, Beth Sogaard Catering, the Firehouse restaurant and the Chocolate Architect.

The event will feature "comparative wine tasting" with Riedel, followed by hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Elks Tower, 921 11th St., Sacramento. The $75 cost will include a Vinum XL four-glass tasting set. Buy tickets at

The tasting/demonstration will benefit the Sacramento chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives.

More information: (916) 276 5080.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.

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