Got a brother-in-law who’s a complete wine snob? And you haven’t a clue what to get him for Christmas? How about the 100 points wine glass from the luxe French crystal firm Lalique?
Designed in collaboration with wine writer James Suckling, former longtime European bureau chief for Wine Spectator and now writing about wine at his own wine tasting and video website www.jamessuckling.com. Suckling has tasted more than 150,000 wines over the course of his 30-year career. That would include just about every 100-point wine on the planet since at Wine Spectator he was involved in passing out the high marks.
The “Lalique & James Suckling 100 Points Wine Glass” is meant to be the ideal glass, “wonderful to drink any type of wine — white or red, young or old, first growth or “petit château,” according to a press release.
That concept is a direct challenge to the wine glass empire of Georg Reidel of Riedel glassworks in Austria who has spent his career designing wine-specific glasses — one for Barolo, for Tempranillo, for Hermitage, etc. But Suckling never completely succumbed to that idea. Instead, as he writes on his blog, he traveled the world for the past three decades with “a small leather case of four Riedel glasses. I always tasted from the same glasses. My experience with this made me believe in a 'one glass for everything' philosophy.”