The “One for All” Gabriel-Glas (“glas” is the German way of spelling “glass,”) is the brainchild of the well-known Swiss/German wine critic René Gabriel.
Gabriel is local wine writer Karen McNeil’s counterpart in the German language in that they each authored the best-selling Wine Bible in their respective languages. As Gabriel was preparing to taste many thousands of wines in preparation for writing the Wein Bibel, he felt it was critically important to have one glass as an equal measure for every wine he was going to taste for his research. But after searching the market for the ideal glass, and coming up short, he set about to create the ideal universal wine glass.
Gabriel was able to solicit the highest level of technical expertise to create the glass, which, required two-years of painstaking research and development before the “One for All” Gabriel-Glas was first introduced in Europe in 2010.
The “One for All” Gabriel-Glas is in fact made in two different qualities, both look exactly alike to the naked eye, and both are used for any style of wine. The StandArt glass is molded with a wider base at the bottom of the glass and a conical shape at the top, designed to “drive” the bouquet and flavors of wine. The glass is wonderfully balanced, durable yet elegant, space saving, and dishwasher safe.
The Gold Edition mouth-blown vessel is painstakingly crafted by master artisans. The “lighter than air” Gold Edition glass offers the most discerning wine lover a sensational wine drinking experience. It is supremely elegant and delicate, yet amazingly durable.
Both the Gold Edition and the StandArt glass are of the highest quality and are seamless – each stem is one piece of crystal with no stress points or seams compared to most glasses which are fused together at the base of the bowl onto the stem, and where the stem affixes to the foot. Gabriel-Glas offers more value for money as the stems don’t break as easily as other wine glasses and owners of the glass won’t have to replace them as often.
In addition to the stunning “One for All” Gabriel-Glas wine vessel, the company produces a striking lead-free crystal Alpha Decanter, carafes and barware.
All of the Gabriel-Glas products are lead-free crystal, dishwasher safe and made by highly skilled European craftsmen.
After a successful launch of Gabriel-Glas onto the European market, in 2013 René Gabriel traveled from Switzerland to California for a once-in-a lifetime Harley Davidson road trip with three other Swiss friends. During his travels, he called on his old friend and colleague Tempe Reichardt and asked her if she could host a barbeque for him and his friends.
Reichardt, a long-time California wine exporter, had known Gabriel through years of wine trade activity in Europe.
“Over the years, we got to know each collegially and we had a lot of respect for each other,” says Tempe. “So, when René requested a good American-style barbeque, how could I refuse him?”, said Reichardt. “However, I really knew that René had an ulterior motive in calling me: He knew that my house represented ‘one stop shopping’ for some of the best wines ever produced in California and that he and his friends would be treated to a Bacchanalia!”
Tempe fondly described Rene’ as a “bon vivant” and as someone who would break into song at any moment. It was during Tempe’s backyard BBQ dinner that Rene’ described a unique wine glass that he designed in preparation for authoring The Wine Bible and he insisted that Tempe would be the perfect person to introduce it to North America. “When Rene’ told me about the glass I was a complete skeptic. I had cupboards full of varietal specific glasses, and I subscribed to the varietal specific concept of stemware. I thought to myself, ‘who needs another glass’” said Tempe.
“Out of respect for Rene’, and without telling him I wasn’t interested, I asked him to send me some samples of both qualities of Gabriel-Glas,” said Tempe. “I was absolutely blown away by the performance of the Gabriel-Glas It both focuses and fully expresses the wine in the vessel. I found myself gravitating to that glass every night when I opened my evening bottle and I was completely impressed with it in every way. I would compare what was in the Gabriel-Glas to any other varietal specific glassware that I had on my shelves, and the difference in performance and appeal were profound. Given my own initial very positive impression, I bundled up some glasses and headed around Napa to share the glass with some of my winemaking buddies. They loved it!”
“The Gabriel-Glas debunks the myth that everyone needs varietal specific glasses,” said Tempe. “Basically, having several different glasses is just marketing; it’s unnecessary. It’s a great business model because a producer sells multiple SKUs and the reseller is required to buy minimum quantities of multiple styles of glasses. We would rather deliver one glass that performs rather than multiple unnecessary units, which requires the merchant to hold costly inventory.”
“Many wine critics agree that this glass does perform, including sommeliers, winery owners and wine aficionados with whom I have shared this glass,” she added.
Local vintner and Napa Valley wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton, of Arietta Winery, uses it daily. Fritz stated that Gabriel-Glas “is perfectly balanced in the hand and feels tremendously classy and elegant, it makes every wine taste important.”
Visually it might appear cool to have different glasses lined up at a tasting to indicate a new varietal, but Tempe would argue it looks equally impressive to have Gabriel-Glas lined up. Most people are used to the prior set-up out of habit and past experience. But a line-up of Gabriel-Glas is equally stunning.
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Article By: Kari Ruel