Ultimate Wine Accessories: Zalto Denk’Art Stemware
Posted on April 11 2016
We are very excited to offer complimentary, bespoke wine samplings in our Esher shop that allow you to experience the elegant Zalto Denk’Art stemware and Coravin Wine System together. If you haven’t heard about either of these items, you are in for a treat!
Zalto is a small family owned Austrian company with glass manufacturing roots dating back to the 14thCentury. Their stemware series Denk’Art is creating a stir amongst sommeliers and wine enthusiasts with their sensationally organoleptic wine glasses.
The first thing you will notice about Zalto Denk’Artstemware is how attractive and elegant they look. Admittedly, I am somewhat skeptical when it comes to the theory behind Zalto Denk’Art’s biomimetic inspired design. A quick read of the spec sheet left me suitably baffled.
“The curves of the bowls are tilted at the angles of 24°, 48° and 72°, which are in accordance to the tilt angles of the Earth. The ancient Greeks and Romans utilized this triumvirate of angles with their supply repositories, finding that produce stayed fresh for a longer time, and also showed improved taste.”
Convinced? Maybe not, but there is no arguing with the results. And as they say; “… when in Rome, do as the ancient Greeks and Romans do…” or something to that effect. Zalto adopted these measurements for its Denk’Art glasses to maximize all the flavours in the nose and on the palette. Every glass is hand-blown using highly skilled glass blowers and carefully selected raw materials free of lead oxide, which gives Zalto glasses a high resistance against clouding.
Secondly you will notice how feather-light their glasses are. The stems have been likened to stiletto heels, ever so thin and sexy in design. I defy you not to roll the stem between your thumb and forefinger as soon as you pick one up. Add some wine to the glass and give it a swirl and you will feel the stem flex and bend, a little surprising at first but then adding to the visceral experience of drinking from a Zalto glass. It is this flexibility that gives Zalto glasses their strength. Despite their ethereal appearance, they are no more fragile than any other stemware and best of all they are dishwasher safe!
“The glasses that have most impressed me recently, from Zalto … are the thinnest and most delicate I have come across, yet seem springy and almost elastic in the hand. … and would give any serious wine lover a real thrill over the closeness of contact they offer.”
– Jancis Robinson, Financial Times
We offer a range of Zalto Denk’Art stemware to suit most grapes and wine styles;
To say that the images don’t do justice to these glasses would be a great understatement! The Zalto stemware truly needs to seen and felt to appreciate. Next time you drop in into the shop, make sure to pick one up and experience for yourself… and ask any of our staff to pour some wine into it for you! Feel free to email the shop to learn more about some of the wines on offer or to arrange a time to come in to taste!