Tuesday, May 03, 2005

How NOT to dry your wine glasses (PB)

I like my glasses spotlessly clear so I usually avoid soap and just rinse the glass under very hot water. Then with a firm but delicate grip, I grab the stem of the glass and in an underhand motion fling it vigorously several times so the water flies out of it lest a towel leave streaks. Then, the remaining little bit of water that is left quickly evaporates to a nice shine.

Last night I had my favorite tasting glass—a Riedel “Bordeaux” glass I received this Christmas from my daughter and NW. It is (was) a beautiful, lead crystal stem with a large bowl allowing aggressive swirling which I loved. So I was in the process of going through my ritual cleaning and with my second vigorous fling of the glass I snapped the glass right off at the delicate stem sending the bowl across the kitchen at the speed of a major league fast-ball straight into our canaries’ bird cage wherein it disintegrated into nothing but minute crystalline shards. I am bummed, I have learned, and it shall never happen again. And the canaries are fine…or at least will be after some avian therapy.

5 comments:

spin said...

Money well spent...

Anonymous said...

Whinghey!

chas said...

You might want to get one of these "dryers" from Screwpull. I don't have one myself, but it's on my wishlist.

Ryan M Scott said...

I'm surprised that a glass of such fine quality would snap like that, I would see if they can replace it under warranty. If I were you I would get a stemware drying rack and just dry them that way.

Andrew said...

That is what puts me off the Riedel glasses - they break just too damn easily!

What may be of interest is the new(er) range of stemless glasses from Riedel; they are very good apparently. I am about to order some for myself - I really dont trust those long thin stems...