We are now so delighted to be able to offer the incredible Zalto “Denk-Art” wine glasses and decanters.
This is an amazing new range of mouth-blown Austrian glasses and decanters of a quality we have never before encountered. The remarkably beautiful Zalto glasses are made from lead-free crystal which results in a surreal lightness and a surprising durability. They rarely cloud despite repeated dishwasher usage and they are very flexible (the secret to their surprising strength). Dishwasher safe and strong = a win in our books!
These are not simply objects d’art to be admired from a distance but are also very functional glasses that can be used every day.
Which is a must for us!
From the moment you pick up a Zalto glass, the beauty, the finesse and the balance of the glass in the hand speaks of the quality of the craftsmanship and the lead-free crystal from which they are made. They are wonderful glasses to taste from as they were designed specifically for this purpose by Austrian wine expert Hans Denk, who started with a vision to produce the ultimate wine tasting glasses.
When designing the glasses Denk came upon the idea of utilising the same angles of the tilt of earth’s axis which resulted in a range of glasses that were not only strikingly original to look at but also allowed a very wide bowl width. This in turn enables the optimum surface space for a particular style of wine. The angular shape of the glasses also means that if a Zalto glass is knocked over, it tends to hit the strongest part of the glass first. A genius move if you ask us!
Jancis Robinson: “... my current favourite glasses have taken me into a whole new territory of sensual pleasure. Zalto glasses…are hand-blown, do not contain lead oxide so do not get cloudy, and combine an angular bowl shape with the thinnest glass I have yet come across.”
In December 2009 Stern magazine of Germany, conducted the most comprehensive and independent testing thus far of the world’s finest wine stemware. They invited the majority of the world’s quality glassware producers to submit their finest glasses and to join the professional judging panel. This subsequently included key representatives from all the glassware producers including George Riedel himself. The testing was in ‘blind’ conditions with judges both blindfolded and wearing gloves. The whole exercise was overseen by a high magistrate that had taken time from the bench to ensure the proceedings were fair and balanced. The judges tasted three wines out of 10 different glasses and the results were conclusive; Zalto glasses came first in all three wine style categories.
We recommend these beautiful glasses, carafes and decanters to you without reservation. They are certainly the finest glassware that we have encountered.