The concept intrigued me so I did a bit more digging. It appears that the technology was developed by Eisch Glass (website down at time of posting). The 300 year old company claims it spent 6 years perfecting “breathable glass” which can aerate wine in 2 to 4 minutes to the same level as 1 hour in a decanter.
Strong claims and if you search the web you’ll find a real mix of opinions. Some people say the technology works, some claim it doesn’t. In fact Riedel (the acclaimed Wine Glass Kings) are suing Eisch over their claims.
Riedel claim the technology was actually developed by a third party who approached them initially.
‘The people who developed this [process] made a presentation in our office to identify their breathable wines. They were not able to. We passed,’ said Riedel.
Eisch are standing firm though. This could go on for some time.
‘We refuse to be intimidated by Mr. Riedel,’ he said. ‘We understand that he has a very aggressive approach to business. He purchased his major competitor as a way of eliminating competition, and he is now attempting to use his position of power to try to slow our growth in the market. The lawsuit does not affect any of our efforts in the USA market, nor does it question the fact that wines served in our glasses clearly have a more open and developed character.’
I’d like to try these out to see if I could discern any difference. I doubt I’ve got the wine skills to tell the difference unless it’s striking. We all know most reds taste better the day after opening but can 2 to 4 minutes in a breathable glass really make a difference?