Raise a Toast with this Valentine’s Gift Idea

Practical, pretty and ready to be put to use straight away. Getting your love glassware for V-day? Don’t buy anything until you’ve read this comprehensive guide. Vaughan Hooper from Eisch has all the need-to-knows.


    Practical, pretty and ready to be put to use straight away. Getting your love glassware for V-day? Don’t buy anything until you’ve read this comprehensive guide. Vaughan Hooper from Eisch has all the need-to-knows.

    Why is good glassware important?

    A decent glass makes the world of difference to how you enjoy a glass of wine. We have all been subject to the small chunky glasses that some restaurants use – you find yourself not enjoying a favourite wine as much as normal, and this is due to the glass. Having a glass designed for the wine you are drinking – something that’s nicely balanced with a thin bowl – makes the wine sing to you, making the whole experience more enjoyable.

    Is there one statement piece of glassware you think would be a great investment for Valentine’s Day?

    Eisch SenisPlus Champagne Flutes! Having good champagne flutes can make the occasion, especially if you are celebrating with the one you love. Or for the man in your life, consider handmade beer glasses – especially if he’s a craft beer fan.

    Key trends in glassware?

    Decanters are coming back into fashion – and given the range of stand-out designs available, they’re a great gift for someone who loves entertaining. We’re also seeing coloured glass come through – and glass inlayed with metals such as gold and platinum.

    If someone was completely revamping their glassware and wanted to start afresh, what key glasses would you recommend they start with?

    If you’re looking or a change, it’s important to purchase glasses that are going to suit the style of wines you drink at home. To start, a good champagne flute is key for those celebratory moments in life. Next, choose your red and white glasses that suit the main wine styles you drink. Using the correct glass can make a major different on how a wine will smell and taste, which ultimately influences how much you will enjoy that wine. All Eisch SensisPlus glasses are subjected to a special treatment after they have been made which causes them to help open wine up to their expressive best, in a similar manner to how decanting works.

    What glasses from the Eisch range would you recommend for most Kiwis?

    The Eisch SensisPlus White Wine glass is perfect for those who love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and the great aromatic wines like pinot gris and riesling that we produce in this country.

    With regards to a red glass, look at what you drink most: if you are a pinot noir drinker go for the Eisch SensisPlus pinot noir glass which displays all of the lovely fruit characters you get in great Central Otago bottle. For those who love bigger style reds like shiraz, cabernet and merlot, the Eisch SensisPlus Bordeaux glass is perfect to display the rich flavours found in these wines.

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