Spiegelau glasses are extremely transparent, clear and brilliant. Spiegelau glasses are made of Crystal glass. The high quality of the Crystal ingredients make the Spiegelau products more durable, dishwasher safe, break resistant and also more brilliant than other glasses made with cheaper glass compositions.
Simultaneously, production methods and technical knowhow have a direct influence on the quality of the final product. After undergoing 1500 dishwasher cycles, Spiegelau stemware was certified as “extremely dishwasher safe” by an independent laboratory. They found no scratching, markings, loss of brilliance, foggy shadows, change in color or brilliance or build up of water chemicals and residue.
Spiegelau’s remarkable durability can be attributed in large part to the Platinum Glass process. As the glass goes from first powder to its liquid stage, liquid glass is passed through platinum-lined tubes to eliminate any impurities and remove all imperfections and inconsistencies that might otherwise exist. While more expensive, this innovative use of technology proves Spiegelau’s commitment to quality.
Care and Use of Spiegelau Wine Glasses
1. Filling the glass Fill the glass only to the widest diameter of its bowl. This will ensure maximum development of the wine´s bouquet, and also provide the most elegant table setting.
2. Holding the glass The appropriately filled glass should always be held by the stem rather than the bowl, as heat from the hand could raise the wine‘s temperature above its optimum and negatively influence the bouquet of the wine.
3. Swirling the glass Carefully swirling the glass allows oxygen into the wine by increasing its surface area and helps release the wine´s rich, mature aroma.
4. Why and how to decant wines To decant wine means to transfer it from its bottle to a decanter or carafe before drinking. During storage or aging, wine can develop a solid deposit or sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Decanting is an easy means of separating the sediment from the wine. Decanting also helps the wine breathe, as the greater surface diameter of the decanter lets more oxygen reach the wine than the bottle‘s does. Red wines should be decanted well before serving and allowed to rest at room temperature for up to one hour to allow the wine to fully develop its bouquet.
5. Wine temperature Before decanting and/or serving wine, store it at appropriate temperatures (red wines at 59-63 degrees F, 15°-17° C, white wines at 50-54 degrees F, 10°-12° C). The proper serving temperature enhances the quality of the wine by allowing it to fully develop its characteristic aromas and flavors.
6. Washing the glass Glasses should always be washed carefully, preferably by hand. Spiegelau glasses are 100% dishwasher safe, but they are best cared for by avoiding harsh detergents and choosing a cool, short dishwashing cycle. To avoid detergent residue, rinse glasses thoroughly in clean water. When drying the bowl of the glass, avoid holding the glass by its stem or base as this can, in extreme cases, cause the stem to break at its narrowest point.