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#1 Post by Chris Freemott » January 4th, 2019, 3:07 pm

Hello,
I'm pleased to announce the launching of a new glass I assisted in designing and will be selling at both wholesale and retail levels in North America.

I'll be releasing it for sale on WB day. Between then and now I'm seeking up to 48 volunteers to have me send them a glass, gratis, to drink from and post tasting notes in the WB thread on WB days when the glass is released.

I have 4 stems, they can be seen here: www.grasslglass.com

you can email me directly at cf@grasslglass.com with which glass (or glasses) you'd like to sample.

I'll handle shipping in both directions so you have no financial exposure. I sincerely wish for product feedback, especially if you happen to use other mouth-blown glasses.

Thanks in advance,

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#2 Post by CJ Beazley » January 4th, 2019, 3:43 pm

Chris, do you have dimensions? Overall height of the liberte is what I’m most curious about (I assume others will be also).
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#3 Post by Sh@n A » January 4th, 2019, 3:43 pm

Blast you Chris. I really like that shape/profile of the glass used in the main image. But I just took delivery of these other glasses I just bought!
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#4 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 4th, 2019, 3:43 pm

Email sent, sounds interesting!

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#5 Post by Frank Z » January 4th, 2019, 3:53 pm

Email sent. Looking forward to Berserker Day!
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#6 Post by Chris Freemott » January 4th, 2019, 4:06 pm

All stems are the same height - 23 CM

The bases of the Cru and 1855 are the same at 100MM and the Liberté and Mineralité are the same/close (2MM) as the bowl. *

Dimensions of merit (I think) -
Cru - mouth is 64MM, widest part of bowl is 110, weight is 101 grams or 3.5 ounces
1855 - mouth is 70MM, widest part of bowl is 110, weight is 105 grams or 3.625 ounces
Liberté - mouth is 62MM, widest part of bowl is 92, weight is 102 grams or 3.6 ounces
Mineralité - mouth is 54MM, widest part of bowl is 90, weight is 94 grams or 3.25 ounces

Weight seems to be an immediate differentiator in the mouth-blown stem world. Comparable examples if you wish to know them, though, frankly, keep in mind 4 grams is a US nickel, weight is about balance in your hand too. Additionally, these are handmade products so variances will occur. But with the data below you can get a good idea of the above glasses relative to what you may be familiar with or own or have used.

Zalto Universal - 112 grams
Gabriel Gold - 94 grams
Zalto Burgundy - 115 grams
Zalto Bordeaux - 108 grams


*I'd stated all bases were same width as bowl, that was on the prototypes and we modified them.
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#7 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » January 4th, 2019, 4:47 pm

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#8 Post by AlexS » January 4th, 2019, 6:09 pm

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#9 Post by cjsavino » January 4th, 2019, 6:16 pm

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#11 Post by DavidFrankil » January 4th, 2019, 6:41 pm

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#12 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 4th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Beautiful glasses.

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#13 Post by Chris Freemott » January 4th, 2019, 7:33 pm

Thank you Robert.

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#14 Post by Travis Fantz » January 4th, 2019, 8:07 pm

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#15 Post by Peter Petersen » January 4th, 2019, 8:17 pm

I’m excited to try these beautiful stems.

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#16 Post by brian i » January 4th, 2019, 8:44 pm

E-mail sent.

In the market for new stems and these look great.
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#17 Post by John Glas » January 4th, 2019, 9:33 pm

Chris awesome looking glass! Good luck with the venture. If I ever get full time into wine education again in the Minneapolis Market I will be a buyer. Right now teaching sixth graders and wine on the side. Cheers, John
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#18 Post by Mike Maguire » January 4th, 2019, 10:27 pm

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#19 Post by Scott Brunson » January 5th, 2019, 4:30 am

Beautiful--I am also in the market for some new stems.
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#20 Post by dennis.coronado » January 5th, 2019, 4:39 am

Are they dishwasher safe?

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#21 Post by Chris Freemott » January 5th, 2019, 4:53 am

Yes they are. No lead as well.

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#22 Post by mseeber » January 5th, 2019, 6:30 am

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#23 Post by Ken Strauss » January 5th, 2019, 6:51 am

Chris,
Just received a perfect 6 pack of GG’s.
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#24 Post by Mike Evans » January 5th, 2019, 8:30 am

E-mail sent, it looks like an interesting project.

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#25 Post by Jeannean/Ryman » January 5th, 2019, 8:31 am

Email sent as well. Very interesting!

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#26 Post by Chris Freemott » January 5th, 2019, 8:38 am

Thanks folks. 1030 AM CST on Saturday. I'm dropping all the requests into Excel now and will be matching your requests with quantities available and then shipping today. I'm candidly quite humbled by the demand I'm seeing. thank you for the support. Alexander is currently working on the website. We've added our digital renderings of the glasses (photographing glass is quite challenging) and we're working on getting the measurement specifications up there. Site may be clunky a bit today or slow as he works on it.

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#27 Post by Billy Norris » January 5th, 2019, 8:50 am

Late to the party, but sent you an email, Chris. Would love to give these a spin!

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#28 Post by Nick Gangas » January 5th, 2019, 9:43 am

beautiful glasses Chris. Reminds me of the shape on the Schott Fine glass. They've recently discontinued it. price for bulk purchases ?

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#29 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 5th, 2019, 10:21 am

Likely a buyer on BD. Need some nice glasses and these look smokin’.

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#30 Post by scamhi » January 5th, 2019, 10:25 am

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#31 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » January 5th, 2019, 11:05 am

I received some sample stems yesterday, and I have already run two wines through them in comparison to Zalto, GG and SZ. Three more tonight and I will post a formal opinion.

First thoughts is they are excellent quality and crush the SZ BDX stem.

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#32 Post by ybarselah » January 5th, 2019, 11:09 am

these look super cool. good luck with this venture. can't wait to see pricing as well.
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#33 Post by Charles Kersten » January 5th, 2019, 11:13 am

These look great. Will be watching for them on BD10

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#34 Post by ybarselah » January 5th, 2019, 11:20 am

the MINERALITÉ looks great for champagne.
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#35 Post by Alan Rath » January 5th, 2019, 11:36 am

Chris Freemott wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 8:38 am
I'm candidly quite humbled by the demand I'm seeing. thank you for the support.
Wait, you don't understand why people would flock to get a free sample of high quality product? I mean, these guys will line up to get a free morsel of cheese at Costco, that should tell you something ;)

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#36 Post by Chris Freemott » January 5th, 2019, 12:03 pm

Okay, Have the first batch of samples packed. Demand outstrips supply. Most of you have requested multiple stems. I'm likely picking one for you to get more people involved with the commentary. A letter is going in each of these to give you more information about the glasses. I've also requested 96 more from Alexander and he will ship them this week. I'll be sending out roughly 200 samples. Double my initial thoughts. Sincerely blown away by the response. Look for individual emails from me as these go out.

Thank you all.

*If you want samples, please continue to email me and I'll add you to the queue.

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#37 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 5th, 2019, 1:00 pm

Alan Rath wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 11:36 am
Chris Freemott wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 8:38 am
I'm candidly quite humbled by the demand I'm seeing. thank you for the support.
Wait, you don't understand why people would flock to get a free sample of high quality product? I mean, these guys will line up to get a free morsel of cheese at Costco, that should tell you something ;)
What is Costco?

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#38 Post by Al Osterheld » January 5th, 2019, 1:27 pm

What is Costco?
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#39 Post by AAgrawal » January 5th, 2019, 2:14 pm

I'm late to the party too, but I sent an e-mail!

Chris, I'm having some difficulty telling which glass would be recommended for which wines. I'm sure you're really busy getting this project off the ground, but it would be helpful for Berserkerday if you had some examples. (For example, does Nebbiolo and Burgundy fit best with 1855 (reds of great complexity) or Cru (single grape wines)?). Also from an interest standpoint, I would love to hear how you decided to make the shapes what they are, and what shapes/sizes accentuated what you were looking for.

Thanks, and I'm looking forward to sampling one!
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#40 Post by Charles Hetzel » January 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm

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#41 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » January 5th, 2019, 4:01 pm

Left to right:

Mineralite
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Dead even in nose and palate between Mineralite and the GG.

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#42 Post by Chris Freemott » January 5th, 2019, 6:02 pm

Chris, I'm having some difficulty telling which glass would be recommended for which wines. I'm sure you're really busy getting this project off the ground, but it would be helpful for Berserkerday if you had some examples. (For example, does Nebbiolo and Burgundy fit best with 1855 (reds of great complexity) or Cru (single grape wines)?). Also from an interest standpoint, I would love to hear how you decided to make the shapes what they are, and what shapes/sizes accentuated what you were looking for
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Fantastic questions and thanks for asking them. I'd like to tell you I know. But, one of the overriding principles Alexander and I had when designing the stems was to avoid, within reason, categorizing wines to our glasses. There is a theme for sure. 1855 pays homage to Bordeaux and hence Bordeaux blends work best. Cru is Burgundian in it's primary objective though your point on Nebbiolo fits here and we would advise this glass for that grape).

The shapes and glasses follow a few principles. The stems are all the same height. 23 CM. When we were prototyping the glasses we played with different openings, bowl sizes, bowl depth, width and flatness. We sought balance in the hand when holding wine and wanted to have a bowl that allowed for significant surface area with minimal volumes of wines poured.

Alexander and I feel very strongly that there is no perfect glass. Zalto, Sophienwald, Gabriel, Schott, Reidel, others, all make wonderful wine glasses. Visual appeal coupled with how they feel in the hand to how the wine shows are ultimately how the glasses are chosen. Our single most important design choices were driven by our impressions of how a significant number of wines, including the same wine separated by many years (1982 BDX vs 2015 BDX from the same producer for example), revealed themselves in our stems.

For example, we've found the 1855 to show Bordeaux blends quite well...but were very surprised how older Bordeaux showed in our Liberté glass after being decanted. Smaller bowl, taller chimney and a small opening allowed for focus of a wine that honestly fell apart in the 1855. We hope people experiment with our wine glasses with their wines.

If you want a generic rule of thumb? Big red wines (BDX, Syrah) - use the 1855, Burgundian and single grape varieties, go Cru, Reisling and bubbles, the Mineralité (acid shows very well in this stem) and the 'universal' glass - Liberté.

Hope that helps- if not, let's discuss and expand from here.

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#43 Post by C. Mc Cart » January 5th, 2019, 8:35 pm

They look really interesting & impressive Chris. Best of luck with this venture.
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#44 Post by Chris Freemott » January 6th, 2019, 9:03 am

Glasses are in the hands of their appropriate shippers. Each of you have a letter in there from me as well. To those that didn't make the first batch, I've emailed you and we'll help you out when the next batch arrives.

Thank you for the tremendous interest and support. Now, I wait to see how you like them. Feel free to post your comments here or in Wine Talk but that is up to you as I cannot start a thread there for myself.

Also, the glasses are in plan brown boxes with bubble wrap. I'm sure some will die in transit. Such is life. Our packaging is almost complete and I think you'll like that when it arrives. I don't want you to think that I'll be selling these sending them around in brown boxes. LOL....

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#45 Post by Jay $$ Winton » January 6th, 2019, 9:28 am

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#47 Post by c fu » January 6th, 2019, 1:59 pm

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#48 Post by jordan whitehead » January 6th, 2019, 2:06 pm

If you are up on the northshore ever and want to drop off some, I'd be happy to get my group give you feedback
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#49 Post by Viet Ly » January 7th, 2019, 8:05 am

Chris, I’m interested in purchasing a pair of Gabriel Glas Gold in the gift box for a friend. I went to your website but didn’t see any available. Do you have any inventory left or going to only sell your glasses moving forward? I’ll probably just purchase through Amazon at the end of this week otherwise. Thanks in advance.

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#50 Post by CliftonD » January 7th, 2019, 11:17 am

Sent an email as well!
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