"It's a magnifying glass!" is how award-winning sommelier Aldo Sohm of Eric Ripert's Le Bernadin describes the new Denk`Art Zalto glassware line. Not only do the glasses command attention with their distinct angles and seductively slim stems, each is designed to bring out the best in a wine's aromatics and finer nuances.
"The deep bowl also allows for plenty of play (swirling) and the straight edges of the sides of the bowl really focus the aromas," echoes Eleven Madison Park wine director Dustin Wilson. The dramatic angles of the glasses are modeled after the tilt angles of the Earth - 24°, 48° and 72°. The line is hand blown in Austria by skilled glassblowers who heed to the ancient Roman notion that food and drink consumed in vessels with this construction are enhanced in flavor and freshness.
Don't be fooled by the delicate design of a Zalto glass. The line is crafted without the addition of lead oxide and resistant against clouding. Denk`Art glasses may be washed in a dishwasher and can serve a stellar experience for both special occasions and everyday enjoyment.
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"The overall lightness of the stem and bowl allow the person enjoying wine to feel much closer and more connected to the wine in the glass, with the glass actually serving to magnify the connection rather than standing in the way of it," agrees NoMad wine director Thomas Pasturnak to his fellow sommelier's notion that the glass is first and foremost an amplifier. An amplifier of all that a wine can provide for the nose, the palate and the overall experience.